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GENERAL INFORMATION ON THE CHAIR OF THE EUROPEAN LAW


In 1994 the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Jagiellonian University in Cracow created the European Law Institute. In 1995 the Institute was transformed into the Chair of the European Law. The head of the Chair is Professor Stanisław Biernat. The other members of the staff are: Sławomir Dudzik - Professor, Małgorzata Kożuch - Ph.D., Nina Półtorak - Ph.D., Monika NiedĽwiedĽ - Ph.D., and Monika Sudoł - Ph.D. In the academic year 2005/2006 there are also six post-graduate students working to obtain their doctor's degree at the Chair - Rafał Janas - M.L., Michał Kula - M.L., Bogusław Srebro - M.L, Aleksandra Czekaj - M.L., Monika Kawczyńska - M.L., Łukasz Wosik - M.L.

The academic research conducted at the Chair of the European Law

The research conducted currently by the members of the staff of the Chair as well as by the post-graduate students include, among others, the following areas:

  • the constitutional basis of the future Polish membership in the European Union;
  • the relations between the Community law and the law of the member states;
  • European Administrative Law;
  • the European Union external relations;
  • the principle of subsidiarity and solidarity of the member states;
  • enhanced co-operation;
  • protection of the rights of the individual;
  • the member states liability in damages;
  • free movement of goods;
  • free movement of persons;
  • freedom of establishment and freedom to provide services;
  • recognition of qualifications;
  • practice of legal professions;
  • competition law;
  • state aid for enterprises;
  • legal situation of public enterprises.
Published works by the members of the staff as well as by the post-graduate students of the Chair are documented in the Bibliography.

The members of the Chair and its post-graduate students have achieved the following academic degrees:
in 2002 the degree of assistant professor in law (doktor habilitowany) was obtained by Sławomir Dudzik on the presentation of the dissertation "Pomoc państwa dla przedsiębiorstw w prawie Wspólnoty Europejskiej. Miedzy neutralnosci± a zaangażowaniem" (State Aid for Enterprises in the European Community Law. Between Neutrality and Involvement);

in 2001 doctor's degrees in law were obtained by:
  • Małgorzata Kożuch on the presentation of the dissertation "Swoboda zakładania przedsiębiorstw i ¶wiadczenia usług przez prawników w prawie Wspólnoty Europejskiej i prawie polskim" (Freedom of Establishment and to Provide Services by Lawyers in the European Community Law and Polish Law),
  • Nina Półtorak on the presentation of the dissertation "Odpowiedzialnosc odszkodowawcza państw członkowskich za naruszenie prawa Wspólnot Europejskich" (Member States Liability in Damages for the Community Law Infringement),
  • Aleksandra Sołtysińska (a post-graduate student in the years 1996 - 1999) on the presentation of the dissertation "Zasada równego traktowania przedsiębiorców w prawie zamówień publicznych Unii Europejskiej i Polski" (The Principle of Equal Treatment of Enterprises in the Public Procurement Law of the European Union and Poland);
in 2002 the doctor's degree in law was obtained by Saulius Lukas Kaleda (a post-graduate student in the years 1996 - 1999) on the presentation of the dissertation "Przejęcie prawa wspólnotowego przez nowe państwa członkowskie: zagadnienia przej¶ciowe oraz międzyczasowe" (The Community Law Acquisition by the New Member States: the inter-temporal problems);

in 2003 the doctor's degree in law was obtained by Monika NiedĽwiedĽ (a post-graduate student in the years 1999 - 2002, assistant from 2002 on the presentation of the dissertation "Umowy międzynarodowe mieszane w ¶wietle prawa Wspólnoty Europejskiej" (Mixed agreements in the light of European Community law).

The Chair of the European Law maintains scientific co-operation with various universities and other institutions both in Poland and abroad (among others in Germany, Greece, Italy and France). The members of the Chair and the post-graduate students take part in academic conferences in Poland and abroad. The Chair also invites visiting lecturers to deliver their presentations in Cracow.

The Chair meetings combined with doctor's seminars are held twice a month on the average. The meetings are frequently attended by speakers and debaters representing faculties and institutions other than the Chair, including other universities.

The members of the Chair, its post-graduate and undergraduate students have received numerous awards and distinctions for their scholarly work.

The Chair of the European Law Teaching Activities

In the years 1995 - 1997 lectures on the European Union Law were given by a visiting lecturer Dominik Lasok, Professor Emeritus of the European Law from Exeter (Great Britain).

At present the members of the staff and the postgraduate students of the Chair are engaged in various teaching activities (lectures, seminars, proseminars and classes) on the European Union Law for law students of the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Jagiellonian University (regular and extramural courses). They also conduct classes on administration to licentiate students.

Since 2001 Professor Biernat has had the Jean Monnet Chair of the European Law. The above title is awarded by the European Commission.

Since 2002 Assistant Professor Sławomir Dudzik has been conducting a Jean Monnet permanent course on the following subject: "State Aid for Enterprises in the Community Law and Polish Law".

The Chair has attracted a large number of gifted students, mostly attending the seminars or working on their master's diploma thesis, who are especially interested in the problems of the European Law. The students prepare seminar projects, work on their thesis; they also participate in scholars' seminars and obtain scholarships to study abroad, often on the recommendation of the Chair, as well as take part in various contests of the knowledge of the European Law.

The members and post-graduate students of the Chair also give lectures, conduct seminars and workshops on the European Law for various audiences, e.g. judges, members of the Bar, prosecutors, legal advisers, trainees in the legal profession, civil service officers and businessmen. The largest undertaking so far has been the series of workshops on the Community law for civil service officers and local government officials from Malopolska. The series started in November 2000 and continued until April 2001. It was organised within the framework of the Tempus Phare Institutional Building Joint European Project 14140-99, with the co-operation of the European Public Law Centre in Greece, the Universities in Rome, Naples, Paris and Dresden as well as the Cracow City Council and the Malopolska Voivodship Office. The workshops consisted of more than 100 hours of training and about 60 participants attended each session.

The Faculty of Law and Administration of the Jagiellonian University is planning to create a one-year post-graduate couscholarships to study abroad, often on the recommendation of the Chair, as well as take part in various contests of the knowledge of the European Law.

The members and post-graduate students of the Chair also give lectures, conduct seminars and workshops on the European Law for various audiences, e.g. judges, members of the Bar, prosecutors, legal advisers, trainees in the legal professions, civil service officers and businessmen. The largest undertaking so far has been the series of workshops on the Community law for civil service officers and local government officials from Malopolska. The series started in November 2000 and continued until April 2001. It was organised within the framework of the Tempus Phare Institutional Building Joint European Project 14140-99, with the co-operation of European Public Law Centre in Athens, the Universities in Rome, Naples, Paris and Dresden as well as the Cracow City Council and the Małopolska Voivodship Office. The workshops consisted of more than 100 hours of training and about 60 participants attended each session.

The Faculty of Law and Administration of the Jagiellonian University has opened a one-year post-graduate course on the European Law under the auspices of the Chair. The opening of the course is scheduled for October 2003. Detailed informations are available on internet site Podyplomowego Studium Prawa Europejskiego