Jan Rokita was born in 1959 in Krakow and studied law at Jagiellonian University. He spent most of the 1980s as one of the most important opposition activists in Poland, spending six months in prison for his activities. In 1989, he was elected to the so-called “Contract Sejm” after Poland’s communist rulers agreed to semi-free elections in 1989. He remained a member of Poland’s Parliament from 1989 until 2007, when, seeing the dishonesty and cronyism in Polish politics, he decided to retire. Currently, Rokita lectures at the Ignatianum, the Jesuit University of Philosophy and Education in Krakow, and is a columnist for the daily Dziennik Polski and the conservative weekly W Sieci.