The Catholic University of America

 Courses for Summer 2015

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 2015, 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 15 - June 29


International Securities Regulation 1

June 15 - June 26


Comparative & International Trade 2

June 16 - July 14

12:00 -1:15pm

International Business Transactions 2

July 1 - July 14


Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods 1

June 30 - July 13



(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)

International Securities Regulation
Professor David Lipton

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

International Securities Regulation (1 credit hour)
This course focuses on how the international securities market interacts with the American securities regulatory system. An initial background will be developed outlining the purpose and operation of a securities market, the basic regulatory system for the issuance and secondary trading of securities. The course explains how the American regulation system is imposed upon foreign issuers seeking to raise capital in American markets and foreign issuers whose securities are traded on American trading systems. Finally, the course examines how fore