Courses for Summer 2023

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 economics regulation, human rights, arbitration, constitutional law, legal ethics, and the legal profession. In summer 2023, the program will offer three 2-credit courses: Law of the European Union, International Intellectual Property Law, and International Investment Law, and one 1-credit course: Forced Labor in the Global Workplace (with additional writing credit option for CUA JDs). 

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 four, and no more than six credits. 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 12 to June 22
10:00 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.


International Intellectual Property Law

2 June 26 - July 12
10:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.
International Investment Law 2 June 26 - July 12
1:10 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Forced Labor in the Global Workplace, additional writing credit option 1

June 26 – June 30, 3:10 p.m. - 5 p.m., in-person class

July 3 – July 7, no class, prepare for on-line class presentations

July 10 – July 12, 3:10 p.m. – 5 p.m., on-line class presentations 

Graw Leary

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


Law of the European Union, 2 credits
Professor Marta Janina Kuklo
June 12 – 22, 10 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

International Intellectual Property Law, 2 credits
Professor Susanna F. Fischer
June 26 – July 12, 10 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

International Investment Law, 2 credits
Professor Piotr Szwedo
June 26 – July 12, 1:10 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Forced Labor in the Global Workplace, 1 credit + additional writing credit option
Dean Mary Graw Leary
June 26 – June 30, 3:10 p.m. - 5 p.m., in-person class
July 3 – July 7, no class, prepare for on-line class presentations
July 10 – July 12, 3:10 p.m. – 5 p.m., on-line class presentations

US Students Only

Becoming an International Lawyer (BAIL), 1 credit
Professor Leah Wortham

Legal Externship, 1, 2, or 3 credits
Professor Leah Wortham 
Fieldwork in Poland


  1. US students must enroll in two classroom courses.

  2. Students enrolled in the externship program must enroll in Law of the European Union and one additional course. (Externships are offered to US JDs for academic credit and are scheduled before and/or after the academic program. To inquire about an externship, contact Professor Leah Wortham at

  3. To comply with an ABA standard concerning time spent in the classroom, US JDs may enroll only in two of the three courses offered from June 26 - July 12, 2023.  LLM and other international students may enroll in all three if they wish.

US students may sign up for 4, 5, or 6 classroom credits and the added paper option for the Forced Labor in the Global Workplace course. International students may enroll in as many of the classroom courses as they wish.

Classroom Course Descriptions

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, four basic freedoms or the role of the European Court of Justice. Dr. Marta Janina Kuklo

Course materials: Provided on course website

International Intellectual Property (2 credit hours)
This course is a survey of the international law and policy framework protecting intellectual property rights (IPR).  It is increasingly important for lawyers specializing in international business and trade to learn about global protection for IPR.  Innovation and creativity protected by IPR is a key driver of economic growth, both for the world economy and the national economies of the United States and Poland.  IPR protection is now a requisite part of the international trade regime, as a result of the 1994 World Trade Organization Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPs Agreement).  In this course, we will focus on major multilateral legal instruments protecting IPR, especially the TRIPs Agreement. Topics will include the necessity and desirability of harmonizing national IPR laws; the relationship between international IPR protection and international human rights; clashes between developing and developed countries over the proper extent of IPR protection at the international level; and the opportunities and challenges of technological development, such as digital technologies and medical advances, for the international IPR system.  No prior knowledge of intellectual property is expected or requiredProfessor Susanna F. Fischer
Course materials: Required book: Global Intellectual Property Law, 2nd ed, (Elgar 2020) by
Graham Dutfield and Uma Suthersanen is available at
law-9781782548843.html. The paperbook and E-book editions are $57.56 at this link.

International Investment Law (2 credit hours)
International Investment Law (2 credit hours) 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 involves students’ active participation: discussions, debates, presentations, collective and individual feedback providing on their individual and/or group tasks; grade is based on class participation and/or final written examinationDr. Piotr Szwedo

Forced Labor in the Global Workplace (1 credit hour with additional writing credit option for CUA JDs) This course will introduce students to the various forms of and legal regimes regarding forced labor. The first week of class (June 26-30) introduces students to forms of modern day slavery and labor trafficking in accordance with the definitive international law instrument, the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons Especially Women and Children. While students will be exposed to all forms of trafficking, emphasis will be on labor trafficking in supply chains. Consequently, students will study many different efforts to address supply chain labor abuses including the California Supply Chain Transparency Act, the Australian Modern Slavery Act, the German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act, the Uyghur Forced Labor Protection Act, the EU Proposed Directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence, and the EU Regulation on Prohibiting Products Made with Forced Labour on the Union Market. Students will select a forced labor issue in supply chains somewhere in the world. During the second week (July 3-7), students will prepare a detailed presentation on the labor trafficking violations, the causes, and responses. Student presentations will examine the selected forced labor issue under the relevant law explaining the legal consequences and remedies for the violation and opine whether such a legal regime is a deterrent. Class will meet online July 10-12 for class presentations and closing. The course grade will be based on class preparedness and participation, the class presentation, and a final exam. With Professor Leary’s permission, two or three CUA JD students may add a fall 2-credit Directed Research with a paper building on the course and due at the end of first semester. This paper will fulfill one of the writing requirements for graduation. Dean Mary Graw Leary

Course materials: Provided on the course website

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 Krakow. 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 Krakow. Memberships at these Internet cafes are inexpensive and hours of operation are significantly longer than the university’s hours.