Piotr Stec is professor of law at the Opole University and an attorney/solicitor (radca prawny) in the District Chamber of Legal Advisors in Katowice. He currently serves as the Director of the Institute of Legal Studies at the University of Opole. His educational background includes University of Silesia M. Juris (1997), PhD (2001) and LLD (2009) in law, and he passed the state examination for judges in 1999. Piotr’s law practice includes consulting in cultural property matters and participation in the
law-making process as an advisor to various stakeholders. He acted as an expert for the Polish Ministry of Culture, and was a member of the Collegium of the Supreme Audit Office of the Republic of Poland (2017-2020). In 2018 he obtained the Decoration of Honor Meritorious for Polish Culture. In 2020, he was selected as an arbitrator for the Arbitrator Pool of the Court of Arbitration for Art (CafA) in Hague. His research is focused on comparative private law, intellectual property, and art law, in particular regulation of the art market, auction sales and liability issues. Piotr also teaches core courses in the Civil Law of persons and obligations, Law and Literature, and Art Law. He has written extensively, being the author of over 70 publications. He has published works on, inter alia, the restitution of cultural goods, comparative property law, the law of trusts and like devices, and intellectual property rights of artists and academics. He is also a member of the editorial board of the Santander Art & Culture Law Review.