The Catholic University of America

 Courses for Summer 2014

In addition to staple courses examining the laws of the European Union and those that regulate international trade, new courses are developed each year especially for the Summer Law Program in Poland. The law school’s goal is to offer students unique courses covering comparative aspects of substantive areas of law that are rarely available in the United States and are of fundamental importance to students of countries in transition, like Poland.

Courses in previous years have focused on international aspects of tax and economic regulation, human rights, arbitration, constitutional law and legal ethics and the legal profession. In summer 2014, the program will offer courses on international business transactions, alternative dispute resolution, as well as global issues in intellectual property law.

All classes in the Summer Law Program are held at the Jagiellonian University and are conducted in English.  American students must enroll for at least three, and no more than six semester hours of credit. Methods of evaluation of students’ performance may vary; most of the courses have written exams, though some courses may offer take-home exams or written papers.

Schedule of Classes 

 

Course Title Credits Dates & Time Instructor
Law of the European Union 2

June 16 - June 30

9:15-11:50am


Krasnicka
Comparative & International Trade 2

June 17 - July 15

12:00 -1:15pm

Ludwikowski
Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods 1

June 16 - June 30

3:00-4:15pm

Skrodzka
International Business Transactions 2

July 2 - July 15

9:15-11:50am

Baginska
Global Issues in Intellectual Property 1

July 2 - July 15

2:00-3.25pm

La Belle


(2 credit hours)

Comparative and International Trade 
Professor Rett Ludwikowski

Law of the European Union
Professor Izabela Krasnicka

International Business Transactions
Professor Ewa Baginska

(1 credit hour)

Global Issues in Intellectual Property
Professor Megan La Belle

Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods
Professor Marta Janina Skrodzka

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Students may sign up for 3 to 6 credits or a maximum of 4 classes. Due to the ABA requirement that students not spend more than 220 minutes per day in class, there is one restriction:

  • If you sign up for Law of the EU, Comparative and International Trade, and International Business Transactions, you may not enroll in any 1-credit classes.

Course Descriptions

Comparative and International Trade (2 credit hours)
Americans: Only the first 20 are guaranteed registration in this course.
This course concentrates on the public regulation of international trade and policy of the world’s major trading partners. It examines problems of import and export controls, response to unfair practices in international trade, dumping and subsidies, antidumping and countervailing duties, as well as international monetary policy and international investment. Students are introduced to the basic regulatory scheme of the WTO/GATT System, to the policies of Free Trade Areas and Customs Unions and to trade with the European Union and with non-market economies. The emphasis is on U.S. regulation of international trade, the distribution of national powers to deal with transnational problems, presidential powers to regulate international economic affairs, escape clauses and safeguards under GATT and U.S. law and retaliation against unfair trade practices. The course grade is based on a final written examination. Dr. Rett Ludwikowski

International Business Transactions (2 credit hours) This course concentrates on private business transactions that cross national boundaries. It is designed to provide students with the tools they need to understand the various legal doctrines applicable to international commercial contracts. After an examination of some basic international and comparative law principles, the course focuses primarily on international sales of goods, distributor/agency agreements and international payments and security. In addition, it will examine relevant issues of private international law and the resolution of international disputes. The course grade is based on participation in class and a final examination. Dr. Ewa Baginska

Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods (1 credit hour) This course focuses on general analyses of the Alternative (to litigation) Dispute Resolution's three processes such as: negotiation, mediation and arbitration from the perspective of lawyers as future litigators. It is designed to introduce students to both: theoretical knowledge on the processes and skills they need to practice them. Moreover the course focuses partially on ethical issues and some legal analyses relevant to the ADR methods. The course grade is based on an active participation in class and a final examination. Dr. Marta Janina Skrodzk

Global Issues in Intellectual Property (1 credit hour) This course introduces students to the major treaties and other international agreements that provide protection for intellectual property, including copyrights, patents, trademarks, and other forms of intellectual property.  This course also examines current issues and recent developments in intellectual property from a global perspective.  There are no prerequisites for this course. Professor Megan La Belle

Law of the European Union (2 credit hours)   This course provides an overview of the political and legal framework of the European Union institutions, trade relations and legal and business implications of the European process of integration. The course focuses on the creation of the European Union, the structures and processes for the development of the Union’s law, constitutional issues or the role of the European Court of Justice. In addition students are introduced to the specifics of the European single market with special emphasis on principle of non-discrimination and on the five fundamental freedoms of the European market: free movement of workers, free, free movement of services, free movement of goods, free movement of capital and payments and freedom of establishment. Dr. Izabela Krasnicka.

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Faculty Information

Prof Ludwikowski

PROFESSOR RETT LUDWIKOWSKI is the founding director of the Summer Law Program in Cracow, created in 1992. Professor Ludwikowski holds doctorate degrees in law and legal and political theory. Until 1982 he taught law and politics and held the chair of Modern Legal and Political Movements and Ideas and was the chairman of the Division of Law and Business at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland.  After coming to the United States in 1982, Dr. Ludwikowski continued his research work, while holding several visiting scholar and visiting fellow positions, including the USICA Program, U.S. State Department (1981), The Heritage Foundation (1981), Elizabethtown College, PA (1982-1983), and the Hoover Institute, Stanford University (1983). He was also a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship (1997) and the residential Fellowship of Max Planck Institute in Hamburg, Germany (1989). He came to The Catholic University of America in 1984 and has been a professor of law at the Columbus School of Law since 1985. Dr. Ludwikowski has served as the director of the Comparative and International Law Institute since the institute's inception in 1985.  From 2001 to 2003, he was the managing editor of Comparative Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, a multi-volume publication of Oceana Publications, Inc.

Professor Ludwikowski has authored 20 books, including his most recently published books, International Trade. Warsaw: C.H. Beck, 2006; Mafia --Part II,  Warsaw, KUBA, 2006; and The Courts in the United States, TNOIL, Toru, 2008.

PROFESSOR EWA BAGINSKA holds a postdoctoral degree in law and is the head of the Department of Civil Law at the Gdansk University Law School. She also teaches at the Nicholas Copernicus University in Torun, Poland. She teaches Contracts, Torts, Consumer and Competition Law, and Introduction to American Private Law. In 1998-1999, Professor Baginska was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, and in 2000-2001, she was granted a NATO Postdoctoral Science Fellowship also at CUA Law. She is a fellow of the European Tort and Insurance Center in Vienna, Austria. Professor Baginska has published over 100 articles, reports and book chapters in the area of civil law and comparative law. Professor Baginska has authored two books: Products Liability in U.S. Law (2000) and Tort Liability of Public Authorities (2006) and co-authored Governmental Liability for Damages (2010) and Medical Law In Poland (2011).

 PROFESSOR MICHAL CHOROSNICKI is a professor at the Jagiellonian University Law School. Professor dr. hab. Chorosnicki has served as the Polish Administrator of the Summer Law Program in Cracow since the program’s inception in 1992. He is a specialist in international relations who has significant experience in the American legal process. Dr. Chorosnicki is a former visiting professor at Yale University, Southern Connecticut State University and at the Columbus School of Law (1995 and 1999). He participated in the Advanced Study Program at the Royal Institute of Foreign Affairs in London, at the American Studies Program in Salzburg, Austria, as a scholar at Kiev University in the Ukraine and was an international visitor in the USIA program. His latest book is entitled NAFTA: The Decade of Change.

Prof Iza KrasnickaPROFESSOR IZABELLA KRASNICKA holds a doctoral degree in law and is an associate professor in the Department of Public International Law of the Faculty of Law and at the University in Bialystok, Poland. She teaches Public International Law, Law of the European Union and Introduction to American Legal System. In 1999, Professor Krasnicka was a Boeing Scholar at The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law and, in 2005, she was granted a Kosciuszko Foundation Research Grant also at CUA Law. She is a member of the Legal Clinics Foundation's Board and Coordinator of the European Union exchange programs.

 

PROFESSOR MEGAN LA BELLE is an associate professor of law at The Catholic University of America where she teaches and researches in the areas of intellectual property and procedure.

Before joining the faculty, Professor
La Belle spent several years as a commercial litigator with the Los Angeles law firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson. Professor La Belle's practice focused on intellectual property and other complex civil litigation matters.

Professor La Belle earned her B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her J.D. from the University of California, Davis, School of Law.

While in law school, Professor La Belle served as the Senior Notes & Comments Editor for the U.C. Davis Law Review, received the American Jurisprudence Award in Civil Procedure, and was elected to the Order of the Coif. After law school, Professor La Belle served as a law clerk to the Honorable Stephen S. Trott on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and to the Honorable Margaret M. Morrow on the United States District Court for the Central District of California.     

Prof SkrodzkaPROFESSOR MARTA JANINA SKRODZKA holds a doctoral degree in law and is an associate professor in the Department of Corporate Law of the Faculty of Law at the University in Bialystok, Poland. She teaches Polish Corporate Law, EU & US Corporate Law and ADR methods and serves as main coordinator of the legal clinic at the Bialystok Law School. Professor Skrodzka is the recipient of the Kosciuszko Foundation and PILI scholarship and spent fall semester 2006 at Columbia University School of Law, New York, USA as a visiting scholar working on the research about the new ways of the development of clinical legal education in Poland from an American perspective. She is also a member of the Polish Mediation Center, author and co-author of two textbooks on Polish corporate law and more than 40 articles on Polish corporate matters, clinical legal education and mediation.

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Books, Course Materials and Library Facilities

The list of required books will made available to participants in the spring.

Students are responsible for purchasing their own books and course materials. Students will be notified of course materials that are prepared by the Columbus School of Law and made available at cost to participating American and Canadian students upon arrival in Cracow. Polish students will have access to all texts and materials used in the program.

Students will also have access to the outstanding resources of the Jagiellonian University library as well as to the specialized collection of the library of the Faculty of Law. Approximately 20 percent of the Jagiellonian’s collection of 2.8 million books and periodicals are in English. The library is open during weekday hours and a limited collection of materials suggested by the faculty will be held on reserve at a place convenient to all students.

There is limited weekday access to computer facilities, however students may bring properly insured laptop computers. Although e-mail access will be provided at Jagiellonian University, many students have found it most convenient to send and receive e-mail from one of the many Internet cafes that are open in Cracow. Memberships at these Internet cafes are inexpensive and hours of operation are significantly longer than the university’s hours

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