The purpose of the Allerhand Institute is to pay tribute to its Patron, Professor Maurycy Allerhand as well as his contemporaries Polish legal scholars and statesmen of early XXth century, many of whom were Polish patriots of Jewish, German, Ukrainian  or  other foreign descent. The academic mission of the Institute shall be to involve in advanced legal studies, continuous research, and policy-making in the field of law, corporate governance  as well as legal environment of business and commerce. Among the envisaged fields of activities the most important are:

1.    Organization of a scientific sessions and panel discussions with participation of the leading academics and practitioners devoted to the vital legal issues, both as regards practice, legal policy and vision;
2.    Researching and giving opinions on draft laws and bills important for the economy through estimation of the economical and social consequences of the regulatory solutions (regulatory impact assessment, economic analysis of law);
3.    Organization of the monographic lectures, symposia and seminars for the public sector employees and managers;
4.    Publishing books and journals in collaboration with the leading professional publishing houses;
5.    Integration of young scholars, in particular from the countries such as Poland, Germany, Ukraine, Austria, Israel (as countries linked to the Allerhand’s life) through funding research and doctoral scholarships (grants and fellowships from the Maurycy Allerhand Fund);
6.    Historical research and documentation of Polish legal science, the history of the bar and codification process during the period of 1918 – 1939, as well as underground (conspiracy) legal education in the years 1939 – 1945;
7.    Research on the importance of the national jurisprudence and the legislative process during the interwar period in Poland in the European perspective;
8.    Studies on economically efficient and legally proper methods of implementation of the EC-community law and legal transplants into the national legal order;
9.    Stimulation of the development of the Polish legal thought, legal ethics and the quality of the public debate;
10.    Contribution to the strengthening of Poland’s and other New Member States’ position in the European Union in the public consultations initiated by the European Commission in the areas of Europeanization (harmonization and unification) of private law, improving corporate governance, strengthening financial markets regulation and supervision, facilitation of the freedom of capital etc.;
11.    Maintaining international academic dialogue, and exchange cooperation with its counterparties in other countries;
12.    Accumulating institutional and intellectual capital necessary to sustainably pursue Institute’s goals and mission.

The founders of the Institute would also like to see the emerging Institute as a kind of a transmission belt that would allow passing to the countries facing challenges similar to those Poland had to face over the last two decades (such as Ukraine, Belarus Russia and other members of Commonwealth of Independent States) the knowledge and experience arising out of the transformation of the Polish economy and legal system.
The Institute envisages to engage in intensive comparative research, which not only allow for better understanding the essence of the legal institutions, but is also essential for an innovative approach to law and regulation and can provide promising source of inspiration for the domestic application.

For a proper functioning of a fully-fledged and state-of-the-art research institute devoted to first class legal and interdisciplinary research a proper infrastructure is essential and indispensable. A core stone of that infrastructure is to be seen in a well equipped library. A rich comparative and foreign law books collection will be donated by the founders of the Institute. This will constitute a reference to the methodic of work of the Institute’s Patron – Professor Allerhand when listing books in his private library mentioned (in the following order) “books in German, Polish, French, English, Russian, Italian, Dutch and Serbo-Croatian languages”.


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Maurycy Allerhand (1868-1942), one of the greatest Polish lawyers of the 20th century, was for several years a professor of the John Casimir University in Lviv. His broad interests focused not only on law, but also on ethnography and advanced mathematics, what allows calling him a true erudite and a leading individual of the époque. His person is a clear symbol for the contemporaneous lawyers and is the best personification of the Institute’s values. Moreover, for the present-day Polish lawyers the works of Professor Allerhand constitute a bridge between generations. The re-prints of his works were a basic guide for lawyers during the times of transformation, and still belong to the most cited positions in the legal dissertations.

Maurycy Allerhand was born in 1868 in Rzeszów. He studied law in Vienna, where he was also awarded a doctorate. Afterwards he moved to Lviv, where he – until his last days – together with his son Joachim was running an attorney’s office. Professor Allerhand was a universal humanist in the full meaning of this word – although he was not actively engaged in any political party and did not belong to any political fraction, he was familiar with the problems of the Lviv’s society, where he enjoyed remarkable esteem. Together with Wiktor Chajes (deputy mayor of Lviv) he concentrated his efforts on encouraging the assimilation of the Jewish minority with the Poles.

In the years 1919 – 1939 he actively participated in the works of the Codification Commission of the Republic of Poland, introducing many key drafts in the areas of civil procedure, bankruptcy law and enriching with his knowledge the Commission’s discussions. During the twenty years of work for the Commission he became known as “great legislator (…) with inspiration for codification.” The area of his interest also encompassed the commercial law, bankruptcy law and civil procedure. In addition Professor Allerhand was a member of the Tribunal of State.
The founders of the Allerhand Institute are convinced that the greatest monument that can be erected in the remembrance of this great intellectualist is the establishment of a scientific institution devoted to his memory. The choice of Maurycy Allerhand is justified not only by his academic achievements of ageless significance, but also his exemplary life, including his attitude towards the horrors of the times in which he lived.
The confirmation of the greatness of the works of Professor Allerhand can be found without any doubt in the fact that at the beginning of the economic transformation of the 1990s his commentary to the Commercial Code (first published in 1935) was reissued several times and served as a study book for young academics and commercial law practitioners making efforts to reanimate Polish commercial law after decades of stagnation.

Lviv souvenirs

Index of the student at Lviv University

Student Jan Trojan, the years of matriculation - 1922. The last entry in the index relates to the subject conducted by Maurice Allerhand..


Publications and legislation 2nd RP

Memorial on the legislative technique

"Memorial Faculty of Law and Political Skills at the University, the Law Society and the Association of Polish Lawyers in Lviv on the techniques of the legislature."

The author of Memorial is Juliusz Makarewicz , in the work also participated Maurice Allerhand, Tadeusz Brest, Roman Longchamps de Berier, Kamil Stefko, Till and Ernest Ignacy Weinfeld.

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Justification of the project right of composition proceedings

"This memorandum relates to the draft law on the arrangement procedure, adopted by the College of resolving the Codification Commission and published in the publication" Codification Commission "- a subcommittee of an arrangement (...). Justification, prepared by the clerk Br. Stelmachowski, has been considered by the Subcommittee (in the following composed of JJ Litauer Chairman, members of the St. Car, M. Allerhand, W. Miszewski, S. Skąpski, Br. Stelmachowski, Z. Rymowicz) and certain amendments adopted by that (...). "

(From the introduction)

Justification of the project right of composition proceedings