Grzegorz Żmij

Schumann Fellow 2018

Professor (Profesor uczelni),
Institute of Legal Sciences, Civil Law
and Private International Law,
University of Silesia,



Grzegorz Żmij, Ph.D., LL.M. (Trier), is professor (Profesor uczelni) at the University of Silesia in Katowice specialised in Private International Law, International Currency Law, Civil Law and International Arbitration. In 1996, he graduated from the Department of Law at the University of Silesia with a Master’s degree, and then completed (summa cum laude) the LL.M. studies at the University in Trier in Germany. Following doctoral studies at the University of Silesia, he received a Ph.D. degree in 2001. In 2014, he has completed habilitation also there. Afterwards, from 2015 to 2019, he has been Director of the Research Centre for European Private Law at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Silesia. Together with Prof. Dr. Bettina Heiderhoff, he was a co-founder and a member of the teaching staff of the Program in the European Private Law for Postgraduates and commenced many Polish-German scientific cooperation initiatives. He has also participated in miscellaneous other international research programs. He is also an author and co-author of international publications.

From 2002 to 2018, Grzegorz Żmij also practiced as attorney-at-law and arbitrator in international and domestic disputes. In addition, from 2011 to 2018, he has been Vice-President of the Court of Arbitration at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Katowice.

From June to September 2018, he has been Schumann Fellow and stayed at the University of Münster to conduct research on the current problems and perspectives of the investment arbitration in the European Union.

In October 2018, the President of the Republic of Poland nominated Grzegorz Żmij to the post of Judge of the Supreme Court.