Paweł Knut

3 December 2018

Advocate, member of the Warsaw Bar Association, Human Rights Section in the Bar Council in Warsaw, as well as the Committee of Experts in the Polish National Preventive Mechanism at the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights.

From 2011 a staff member of the Campaign Against Homophobia, where since 2014 he has been the senior legal counsel, and since 2016 a board member. He has over 7 years of experience in the provision of legal assistance in cases related to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, which also includes the representation of clients before national and international judicial authorities.

So far, he has acted, among others:

  • as a legal representative in the so-called Printer from Łódź case, that led to a precedent judgment of the Supreme Court, in which the prohibition of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation in the access to services was confirmed for the first time [see more],
  • as a legal representative of Jakub Lendzion in the case against one of the Warsaw public schools, in which the first-ever ruling was issued that stated the school’s responsibility for violating the personal rights of a student experiencing homophobia from other students [see more],
  • as a coordinator of the Coalition for Civil Partnerships and Marriage Equality, a strategic litigation program in which 5 same-sex couples applied to formalize their relationship according to Polish law (at current stage all couples lodged the applications to the European Court of Human Rights) [see more].

In the last 8 years he has also collaborated with a number of national non-governmental organizations specializing in human rights protection, including Polish Society for Anti-Discrimination LawLambda Warsaw, Open Republic, Love Does Not Exclude Association and Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights.

Apart from practicing law, he is also a PhD candidate and lecturer at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales” of the University of Warsaw, where he is preparing a doctoral dissertation on counteracting the phenomenon of hate speech.

He is the author and co-author of several publications on the legal protection of LGBT persons in Poland commissioned by the Campaign Against Homophobia, including:

Parental Rights of LGBT Persons

Raport on Poland: Homophobic and Transphobic Hate Crimes and Justice System

Rights of LGBT Persons in Poland – Jurisprudence

Contact

Knut Mazurczak Adwokaci
Elektoralna 4/6 lok. 13 St.
00-139 Warsaw

Kancelaria Adwokacka
Anna Mazurczak
+48 501 789 709
mazurczak@knutmazurczak.pl

Kancelaria Adwokacka
Paweł Knut
knut@knutmazurczak.pl