3rd EDITION OF SUMMER SCHOOL
in cooperation with the Michigan State University
SUMMER SCHOOL OF COMPARATIVE US-EU LAW
July 2 - 27, 2012
Recruitment procedure is still open, contact us!
On the 2 of July 2012 at the Faculty of Law of the University in Bialystok starts the 3rd edition of Summer School of Comparative US-EU Law. The programme is based on the Agreement signed between the Michigan State University and the University of Bialystok.
The Programme has received the approval of the American Bar Association, Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar and for the second time there will be a group of American students participating in the programme.
The participants of the programme, upon fulfilling all obligations related to it, will receive a certificate of participation issued by the Michigan State University College of Law and a certificate issued by the University of Bialystok with confirmation of participation in the Summer School and passing examinations from chosen courses within the framework of the programme.
The programme consists of four week daily Monday-Friday classes. Courses in English for a group of 25 American, 20 Polish, 5 Belorussian and Lithuanian students are conducted mostly by American professors from Michigan State University College of Law. Each course consists is a 1 credit course and refers to American and/or the law of European Union. Participation in the Programme both American and Polish students requires their active engagement.
Participation in the Summer School of Comarative US-EU Law is the excellent opportunity to broaden your mind. It is the second in Poland and the eighth in Middle East Europe project, which has been given accreditation of ABA.
If you are interested in the Programme, make the most of it. We strongly encourage you to summon up the courage and participate in the Summer School. Even though classes start during examination session, it should not interfere your participation. You may certainly reorganize your examination session (if needed organizers will help you to do it). Furthermore, 4 weeks of classes with native English speakers and meetings with students from USA constitutes a worthwhile and long-term investment in your future.
Courses offered in the Programme:
European Union Labour Law
Professor Charles Szymanski
This course provides an overview of EU labour law, including applicable rules on wages, hours, annual, sick and family leave, mass layoffs, employee mobility (the right of EU nationals to work in different EU member states), as well as non-discrimination (including race, gender, disability) principles. Special attention will be placed on the various differences between European and American labour law. Students will review pertinent European Union Directives and European Court of Justice decisions, among other materials, and will be given an understanding of how EU labour law is applied to the member states.
Charles Szymanski, Professor & Vice-Dean for International Relations, Vytautus Magnus University,Kaunas,Lithuania Charles Szymanski received his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1994, where he was awarded the Order of the Coif. He was engaged in the private practice of law in Michigan and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for over 12 years, with a focus on labor law, employment discrimination and alternative dispute resolution, before changing to an academic career in Europe. His current research areas include international disability discrimination law, ADR, and comparative labor law. Professor Szymanski is an adjunct professor at the Michigan State University College of Law, and a professor and visiting professor at various European universities, including the Vytautas Magnus University (VMU) in Kaunas, Lithuania. In October, 2010, he was appointed as the Vice-Dean for International Relations at VMU's faculty of law.
EU Rule of Law & Jurisprudence
Professor Daniel Barnhizer
This course discusses Rule of Law concepts and surveys various views of law and the legal process. It also examines the judicial decision-making process and the social, political and moral contexts that influence and are influenced by judicial decisions.
Daniel Barnhizer - Program Co-Director, Professor, Michigan State University College of Law
Professor Barnhizer graduated with honors from Harvard Law School, where he served as managing editor of the Harvard Environmental Law Review. After graduation, he was a judicial clerk for the Honorable Richard L. Nygaard, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, and for the Honorable Robert B. Krupansky, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, sitting by designation on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Professor Barnhizer has practiced as a litigator with the law firms of Hogan & Hartson and Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. Before joining the MSU College of Law faculty, he was an adjunct professor of law at American University - Washington College of Law, where he taught legal reasoning, research, and writing. At MSU Law, he teaches Contracts, Contract Theory, Business Enterprises, Securities Litigation, and Legal History.
Constitutional Law of the European Union
Dr Izabela Kraśnicka
This course is dedicated to the main problems of the structure and law of the European Union. Students will be introduced to the evolution of the European Communities and European Union and the present shape of the organization. Issues concerning the division of competences between the Union and member states will be presented in comparison to the federal structure of the United States. The course will also explain the specificity of the supranational character of the EU law, including the sources of law, the principles governing the legal order and the implementation of the EU law in the member states. In addition, the judicial institutions will be presented, with special emphasis on the Court of Justice of the European Union and its role in the interpretation of the EU law.
Izabela Krasnicka - Lecturer, University of Bialystok Department of Public Law
Izabela Kraśnicka holds a doctoral degree in public international law. Dr Kraśnicka teaches the following courses both in Polish and English: Law of the European Union, Public International Law, Law of International Organizations, Introduction to the American Legal System. She is also the Dean’s Representative for International Relations and runs several EU projects at the Faculty including the Legal English Program and Erasmus student exchange program. Dr Kraśnicka is a recipient of two scholarships: in 1999 – the Boeing Corporation scholarship to study at the Catholic University of America in Washington DC, and in 2005 – the Kosciuszko Foundation scholarship for the doctoral research on the law of aviation, also conducted in the United States.
Comparative Free Expression Professor Kevin Saunders
Topics in this course will involve issues in free expression, such as hate speech, trial publicity, the treatment of sexual images, children and media,etc., in different countries.
Kevin Saunders - Program Co-Director, Professor, Michigan State University College of Law
Professor Kevin Saunders graduated with honors from the University of Michigan Law School in 1984, then clerked for the Honorable Kenneth Starr, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He followed with assistant professorships at the University of Arkansas and the University of Oklahoma. During his 16-year tenure at Oklahoma, he rose through the ranks to become a full professor and to serve on the faculties of the graduate school, the College of Liberal Studies, and Film and Video Studies. He was the recipient of four awards at that institution, including the 2001 Regents' Award for Superior Accomplishment in Research and Creative Activity. He also served as Visiting James Madison Chair and Interim Director of the Constitutional Law Center at Drake University. Professor Saunders is the author of two books —Violence as Obscenity: Limiting the Media's First Amendment Protection and Saving Our Children from the First Amendment. He has authored dozens of book chapters, law review articles, and commentaries in legal and popular periodicals. He teaches a variety of courses and seminars on topics in Constitutional Law. Professor Saunders is a member of the Order of the Coif.
Comparative Environmental Law
Professor Noga Morag-Levine
This course is a broad-based comparative study of environmental law in various countries, bringing in elements of economics, ecology, politics and philosophy. Focus will be on society's legal response to the problems of pollution.
Noga Morag-Levine - Professor, Michigan State University College of Law
Professor Noga Morag-Levine joined the MSU Law faculty in fall 2004. Previously, she was assistant professor of political science at the University of Michigan, a visiting fellow at the Program in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton, and a Lady Davis post-doctoral Fellow at the Hebrew University Faculty of Law. She studies regulatory politics with an eye to the role of legal traditions and cross-national influences in shaping policy instruments. Professor Morag-Levine is the author of Chasing the Wind: Regulating Air Pollution in the Common Law State (Princeton University Press, 2003). Her current work focuses on the place of common law ideology—defined in opposition to continental administrative paradigms—in Anglo-American regulatory history and policy. Her recent writings explore this issue within a broad legal-historical framework and with reference to specific controversies, including emissions trading, the status of the precautionary principle in regulatory regimes, and Supreme Court citations to foreign precedents.
Classes will be conducted from Monday till Friday
at the University of Bialystok, in the Faculty of Law Building.
Morning classes – weeks 1-4:
3 academic hours of the first course
Afternoon classes – weeks 2-3:
1,5 academic hours of the second course
Every week professors and classes will change. For the purposes of each course there have been prepared special syllabuses and a set of materials to help students in understanding and studying certain problems which are being discussed during classes.
02 – 06.07
09 – 13.07
16 – 20.07
23 – 27.07
9.00 – 11:30
Comparative Free Expression
prof. Kevin Saunders
Rule of Law & Jurisprudence
prof. Daniel Barnhizer
European Union Labour Law
prof. Charles Szymanski
Comparative Environmental Law
prof. Noga Morag-Levine
Constitutional Law of the EU
dr Izabela Kraśnicka
Constitutional Law of the EU
dr Izabela Kraśnicka
Each course will end with a graded exam.
The final certificate will list only courses completed with positive results.
ATTENTION: Each participant shall participate in a cycle of chosen classes stipulated by the Programme curriculum for the area of Comparative American and European Law. The minimum number of courses required to participate in is: 3.
Who may participate in the Summer School of Comparative US-EU Law?
The aim of the application procedure is to select 20 students, who will be given the opportunity to participation in the Programme together with American students.
1. Invitation to attend the Programme is given for law students stationary and non-stationary who are currently the students of the third, fourth or the fifth year of law major as well as for doctoral students of the Faculty of Law, University of Bialystok. The priority of their participation is guaranteed by the Agreement between MSU and UwB.
2. Secondly, (if the required number of praticipants is not selected from candidates mentioned in p. 1), students from other law faculties, who have completed at least three years of studies, legal trainees are invited to attend the Programme.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE - PHASES:
Submission of the Application Form – available here
DATE: from the 1st
till the 30th
of March 2012
ATTENTION: Delivering an application form via email indicates your acceptance for observation of the Enrolment conditions.
2. Interview aiming at checking the level of the English language knowledge scheduled and prepared by the Programme Committee. The grounds for qualifying candidates is sufficiently good command of English.
DATE: to be announced
The costs of participation in the Programme "Summer School of the US-EU Comparative Law” is 550 PLN.
The fee covers the following: the participation in the programme and training materials. The fee is fully dedicated to the purposes of the programme.
The fee of the programme is the same, regardless of the number of courses selected to attend.
Once the candidate is approved for the participation in the programme by the Programme Committee, they are obligated to pay the fee of 550 PLN. Additional details will be provided to the participants in individual messages sent out once the recruitment procedure is over.