The Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law has made the very difficult decision to suspend the International Human Rights Law Program in Rome, Italy, and the International Business and Trade Law Program in Krakow, Poland, for Summer 2021.

From the beginning of the pandemic, the University and Law School have placed the safety and health of its students, faculty, and staff at the forefront of its response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, the continued worldwide spread of COVID-19, the emergence of new variants in Europe and elsewhere, and the current lack of widespread availability of vaccinations led us to conclude that there is too much uncertainty around our ability to go forward with these summer programs to continue to plan for them.  

We realize this decision is disappointing for you, as it is for our faculty and staff who had planned to participate in the programs. We will be evaluating these programs in the coming year and hope to be able to offer them in the Summer of 2022.  We hope you will consider joining us, if possible. We are grateful for your interest in these programs. 

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International Human Rights Summer Law Program Rome, Italy

May 15 to June 5, 2021 (4 credits) (click here to learn more about the program)

We look forward to hosting the International Human Rights Summer Law Program in Rome in Summer 2021. Students earn four credits over a concentrated three-week program of study. Students study and live in Rome, the Eternal City, which is home to the Holy See, a major international advocate for human rights and provider of humanitarian relief throughout the world. Rome is also the headquarters of the United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organization as well as other legal and humanitarian institutions of interest to those studying human rights.

In addition, Rome's historical, cultural, religious, and legal significance make it a perfect setting for a concentrated study of human rights law. Students select two 2-credit courses from a menu of courses that focuses on different aspects of human rights law. Formal study is supplemented with planned visits to local legal institutions and organizations, as well as the opportunity to explore the city of Rome and enjoy some of Italy’s religious, cultural, and historic treasures. At the completion of the program, students still have over two months free for summer employment before classes commence for the fall semester. Alternatively, students may continue their legal studies by applying to participate in our International Business and Trade Summer Law Program in Cracow.

2018 - CUA Law students study human rights law in the Eternal City

2016 – CUA Law Students Participate in CUA’s International Human Rights Summer Law Program in Rome

International Business and Trade Summer Law Program Krakow, Poland

June 14 to July 16, 2021 (3 – 6 credits) (click here to learn more about the program)
Catholic University’s joint venture with the Jagiellonian University in Krakow has provided students with
intensive training in the global aspects of modern trade, comparative perspectives on regulated industries and antitrust laws in the U.S. and the EU, international business transactions, and other substantive areas of law. As the nations of our world become more connected and interdependent, and today’s lawyers are increasingly called upon to demonstrate competency in the laws of more than one country, our goal is to provide students with the knowledge and skills for global practice.

Poland is an ideal site for our program in law of the European Union and international business and trade, as the nation has undergone numerous transitions to one of the most dynamic economies in the European Union, attracting investment from Germany, China, the United States and many other countries. Foreign investment has driven down labor costs, raised productivity, and contributed to the
transformation of Poland into a successful market economy.

While students earn three to six credits, they engage in a true cultural exchange as they study alongside
English-speaking Polish students. The rigorous curriculum will be enhanced with activities that include a
tour of Krakow and several cultural and historical excursions. For those interested in acquiring practical
experience in either an American or Polish law firm or legal institution, externship placements may be
arranged through the director of the program either before the program commences, during or after it
has concluded.

2019 - The International Business and Trade Summer Law Program in Krakow, Poland Remains a Strong Vibrant Opportunity for Law Students

2018 - Law Students Participate in CUA Law's 2018 International Business and Trade Summer Law Program in Krakow, Poland 

2018 (Fall) - CUA Law Reunion Weekend Speaker Series Celebrates 15th Anniversary of the CUA-JU LL.M. in American Law and 27 years of the International Business and Trade Summer Law Program

2017 - CUA 2017 International Business and Trade Summer Law Program, Krakow Poland

2016 – CUA 2016 International Business and Trade Summer Law Program in Krakow, Poland Celebrates 25th Anniversary