Adam Bodnar is a Polish Lawyer and head of the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights in Poland. He has highlighted the crucial role played by independent Ombudsman institutions in safeguarding human rights in Poland – and other countries – where such actors and institutions increasingly have come under attack. After the regime change in Poland in 2015, the government has adopted legislations that reduces independence of the courts and centralizes state powers. During these changes, Adam Bodnar has been one of the front runners in advocating democracy, defending minorities and fundamental human rights. In 2018, he was awarded with the Rafto Prize for human rights because of the important nature of his work.