A well-respected authority on comparative law, Stanislaw Frankowski has authored and co-authored numerous articles and books - in English and in Polish - on subjects ranging from abortion and protection of the human fetus, to pre-trial detention, to the death penalty in post-communist Europe. His book, Legal Responses to AIDS in Comparative Perspective, with 10 chapters written by legal scholars from five continents, is considered by many to be the most comprehensive review of legal responses to HIV/AIDS to date.
Frankowski taught law at the University of Warsaw for nearly 20 years before martial law was imposed in 1981. He joined Saint Louis University School of Law in 1983. In 1992, he co-founded the School's Center for International and Comparative Law. Through his efforts, the School's law library shelves a premier collection of Polish legal publications that facilitate both the tracking of legal changes in Poland and current legal information for those interested in doing business in his homeland.
"Law doesn't function in isolation," Professor Frankowski says. "It's grounded in politics and societies. It's part of the larger picture, which comes out clearly when one adopts a comparative approach. Such an approach provides the most varied and enriching grasp of the spirit of the of the law."