Andrzej Rapaczynski

Andrzej Rapaczynski is Daniel G. Ross of Law and Joseph Solomon Professor of Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning at Columbia Law School. His work lies in the interstices of law, economics, philosophy, and political theory.

Rapaczynski’s major fields of interest are constitutional law, torts, property, trusts and estates, and comparative corporate governance. He has published in the areas of constitutional law, comparative law, institutional economics, and political philosophy.

With an interdisciplinary background, Rapaczynski is also known for his research in the 1990s on the post-communist transition in eastern Europe. He co-authored a survey of a wide sample of firms in eastern Europe, which yielded important evidence on the impact of ownership on firm performance. He was an expert adviser to the parliaments of Poland and the Russian Federation on the drafting of new constitutions and advised a number of governments on their policies of privatization.

Before coming to the Law School, Rapaczynski was assistant professor of philosophy at Yale University from 1974 to 1979 and a visiting assistant professor of philosophy at Princeton University from 1977 to 1978. Rapaczynski was a visiting scholar in Heidelberg and Starnberg (Germany) in 1976, and a visiting professor at Yale Law School in 1999/2000. Between 1993 and 1996, he was a research professor of economics at the Central European University in Budapest.