Monika Płatek is a professor and the head of the Criminology Department at the Institute of Penal Law, Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw. In 1992 she received the Fulbright scholarship for the years 1992-1994. It changed her life. It was almost by an accident that she got a chance to get acquainted with Street Law clinic, which became her passion. She introduced that clinic first at her home institution, and next all over the former Soviet Union and other places. Street Law was an incentive to create the Polish Association for Legal Education (PSEP). Combining academic work with practice in non-governmental organization helps people learn how to be sensitive so they can react when faced with discrimination and injustice. After all this work, it was only logical for Monika to accept an invitation to teach gender jurisprudence at Gender Studies at the Polish Academy of Sciences. There she served as the Plenipotentiary of Polish Ombudsman, representing Victims’ Rights under Ombudsman Prof. Andrzej Zoll and as an adviser to Prime Minister Plenipotentiary of Equal Rights. Monika Płatek is also the Member of International Advisory Board of “The British Journal of Criminology” and “Social & Legal Studies.” She was awarded in 2014 the International Tolerance prize for fighting homophobia and the Equality prize for her work in the field of gender equality.
Monika is a ‘93 and ‘94 Fulbright alumna. She was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of Illinois in Chicago.