Professor Zbigniew Rau is a Polish lawyer, university lecturer and professor of law. He served as senator of the 6th term and governor of the Lodz Province in 2015-2019. In 2019, he was elected as an MP of the 9th term.
In 1977, he graduated from the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Lodz. He finished his PhD studies in 1982. In 1996, he obtained his post-doctoral degree in law and became professor in 2005. He heads the Department of Political and Legal Doctrines and the Alexis de Tocqueville Centre for Political and Legal Thought at the Lodz University.
Zbigniew Rau lectured at German, Dutch, British, US and Australian universities, and held their grants for many years. Among these universities were: Universität Trier, Universität Gießen, International Law School, University of Limburg (Maastricht), Trinity College, Cambridge University (Cambridge), Department of Government, University of Texas at Austin, Social Philosophy and Policy Center, Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green), Hoover Institution, Stanford University (Stanford), Murphy Institute of Political Economy, Tulane University (New Orleans), Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University (Canberra).
In 1980, he joined the Independent Self-Governing Trade Union “Solidarity”, where he was an expert tasked with verifying appointments to the Inter-company Founding Committee of the “Solidarity” trade union of the Lodz region.
In 2005-2007, during his term as a senator, he was a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. During his term as an MP from November 2019 to August 2020, he chaired the Sejm Foreign Affairs Committee, headed the Polish Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and led the Polish-British Parliamentary Group.
9th June 2020 marked the 20th anniversary of the International Visegrad Fund, set up to promote regional cooperation in Central Europe and between the V4 and other countries. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the value of positive neighbourhood and cross-border relations, with Slovakia, Czechia, Hungary, Poland, and Austria working together by choice as much as by necessity. Can this close cooperation maintain its momentum and strengthen Visegrad cooperation in long-term? In what ways can the V4 countries cooperate to ensure that the post-pandemic recovery period benefits the region in monetary as well as structural areas? And what needs to be done to firmly embed the V4 perspective into policymaking on the EU level, on European and global matters?