Courses for Summer 2019

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 2019, the program will offer courses on international business transactions, alternative dispute resolution, as well as a new course on international investment 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 1

July 2 - 15
1 - 2:20 pm

Skrodzka

The Impact of American Securities Law on Foreign Capital 1 June 17 - July 1
3 - 4:10 pm
Lipton
Comparative & International Trade 2 June 18 - July 16
10:30 - 11:40 am
Ludwikowski
International Business Transactions 1 July 1 - 15
9 - 10:10 am
Baginska
International Investment Law  1 June 17 - July 1
9 - 10:10 am
Szwedo

Please refer to the Cracow Summer Law Program Calendar for a complete schedule of classes, exams and events.   

(2 credit hours)

Comparative and International Trade
Professor Rett Ludwikowski

(1 credit hour)

The Impact of American Securities Law on Foreign Capital
Professor David A. Lipton

International Business Transactions
Professor Ewa Baginska

International Investment Law
Professor Piotr Szwedo

Law of the European Union
Professor Marta Janina Skrodzka

Students may sign up for 3 to 6 credits.

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 (1 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

Law of the European Union (1 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, four basic freedoms or the role of the European Court of Justice. Dr. Marta Janina Skrodzka

International Investment Law (1 credit hour)
The course addresses a range of questions related to international investment law. This branch of international public law has already drawn special attention of legal scholars but also due to numerous arbitration proceedings worldwide, it became a field of intensive legal practice. Emphasis will be put on the specificity on Bilateral Investment Treaties as sources of international law and on case law which plays the role of clarification and creation of legal standards. Students will be also introduced to the specificity international responsibility resulting from international investment claims which is partly based on international customary law. Furthermore, we will also examine the definition of investment, definition of State and learn about standards of investment treatment (Most Favored Nation, national, fair and equitable standards). We will also study about direct and indirect expropriation; standards of compensation; principles of the settlement of investment disputes and about enforcement of arbitral awards. The course grade is based on class participation and final written examination. Dr. Piotr Szwedo

The Impact of American Securities Law on Foreign Capital Formations (1 hour credit)
This course is an overview of how the American securities system impacts on the ability of foreign issuers to raise capital in American markets. It focuses upon the requirements of American capital formation, what those requirement mean for foreign issuers and how foreign issuers can find exemptions from those requirements. Professor David A. Lipton.

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