Courses for Summer 2024

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 2024, the program will offer four 2-credit courses: Law of the European Union, Federal Regulation and the Roberts Court, Forced Labor and Global Business and 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 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 10 to June 20


Federal Regulation and the Roberts Court

2 June 10 - July 26

Global Business and Forced Labor 2 June 24 - July 10

Graw Leary and Duggin
International Investment Law 2

June 24 – July 10


Please refer to the Kraków 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 10 – 20

Federal Regulation and the Roberts Court, 2 credits
Professor J. Joel Alicea
June 10 – June 26

Global Business and Forced Labor, 2 credits
Dean Mary Graw Leary and Professor Sarah H. Duggin
June 24 to July 10

International Investment Law, 2 credits
Professor Piotr Szwedo
June 24 to July 10

U.S. 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. U.S. students must enroll in a minimum of two classroom courses.

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

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

Federal Regulation and the Roberts Court (2 credit hours)
This course examines the changing landscape of federal regulatory authority in recent and future decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court. After providing an overview of basic separation of powers and federalism principles, the course turns to significant controversies about the scope of federal regulatory power that have arisen in recent years or are likely to arise in the near future at the Supreme Court. Topics include the nondelegation doctrine, the major questions doctrine, presidential removal power, and judicial deference to the statutory and regulatory interpretations of administrative agencies. The course provides a useful introduction to some of the major risks and opportunities of the regulatory environment for those doing business in the United States or with American entities. Professor J. Joel Alicea.

Global Business and Forced Labor (2 credit hours)
This course will introduce students to the reality of forced labor in global supply chains in the form of human trafficking and modern-day slavery in light of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress, and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children and other definitive international law instruments pertaining to labor exploitation and human trafficking. Students will consider legal regimes such as the California Supply Chain Due Diligence Act, the Uyhger Forced Labor Protection Act, the EU Proposed Directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence, the EU Regulation on Prohibiting Products Made with Forced Labour on the Union Market, and international instruments such as the UN Convention on Corruption, the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and the UN Global Compact.
Dean Graw Leary and Professor Duggin 

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

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