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The Chair of European Law, at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, was established in 1994 as one of Poland’s first academic units to focus on European law (operating initially as the European Law Institute, a year later it was transformed into a Chair). In the 1995-1997 academic years, lectures on European Union law were given by Dominik Lasok, visiting Professor Emeritus in European Law from Exeter, UK.

The Chair is managed by Professor Dr hab. Stanisław Biernat who is also a judge and Vice-President of the Polish Constitutional Tribunal.

Academic research done at the Chair of European Law

The research conducted within the Chair is concerned with issues which are the subject of lively academic debates. Current themes pursued by the Chair include: theoretical and legal issues of the understanding of EU law as a legal system,

  • multilevel constitutionalism,
  • impact of EU law on the functioning of public administration and the national courts,
  • systemic transformations and combating the economic crisis within the European Union,
  • EU competition law, State aid law,
  • regulation of infrastructural sectors in EU law,
  • freedoms of the EU internal market,
  • constitutional problems relating to Poland’s membership in the EU.

The results of academic research carried out at the Chair are demonstrated through the following publications. The Chair’s staff, its doctoral and master-degree students receive numerous awards and distinctions for their academic work [link to awards and distinctions]. Many of the Chair’s graduates work for EU institutions and bodies, and for public institutions domestically.

Current issues of EU law are discussed during academic meetings at the Chair which (being combined with doctoral seminaries) are held once a month. These are also attended by speakers and debaters from outside of the Chair, including from other universities and public institutions, as well as foreign visitors. The Chair of European Law organizes, on a regular basis, national conferences on current issues of European law, and its staff and doctoral students actively participate in national and international conferences. The Chair also maintains continuing contacts with many foreign universities. In particular, for 8 years now, there have been Polish-German students’ seminars, held alternately in Kraków and Jena, as part of the liaison with the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena.

The Chair’s staff and doctoral students have been conferred the following academic titles and degrees:

  • Stanisław Biernat was awarded the title of the Professor of Law of  by the President of the Republic of Poland in 1995, and Full Professor in 2000.
  • Sławomir Dudzik was appointed to the post of Professor of Law of the Jagiellonian University in 2006, and  was awarded the title of the Professor of Law of  by the President of the Republic of Poland in 2011.

Holders of academic post-doctoral degree in law (doktor habilitowany) bestowed for their dissertations on:

  • Sławomir Dudzik, State aid to undertakings in European Community law. Between neutrality and involvement (Pomoc państwa dla przedsiębiorstw w prawie Wspólnoty Europejskiej. Między neutralnością a zaangażowaniem), 2002;
  • Nina Półtorak, Protection of rights under European Law in national proceedings (Ochrona uprawnień wynikających z prawa Unii Europejskiej w postępowaniach krajowych), 2011.

Academic degree of doctor of law awarded for their dissertations on:

  • Sławomir Dudzik, Economic activity as a way of performing the tasks of local authorities (Działalność gospodarcza jako sposób realizacji zadań samorządu terytorialnego), 1997;
  • Małgorzata Kożuch, Freedom of establishment and freedom to provide services by lawyers under the laws of the European Union and Poland (Swoboda zakładania przedsiębiorstw i świadczenia usług przez prawników w prawie Wspólnoty Europejskiej i prawie polskim), 2001;
  • Nina Półtorak, Liability in damages of Member States for breach of the law of the European Union (Odpowiedzialność odszkodowawcza państw członkowskich za naruszenie prawa Wspólnot Europejskich), 2001;
  • Aleksandra Sołtysińska-Łaszczyca (doctoral student in 1996-1999), Principle of equal treatment of undertakings in the laws of the European Union and Poland (Zasada równego traktowania przedsiębiorców w prawie zamówień publicznych Unii Europejskiej i Polski), 2001;
  • Saulius Lukas Kaleda (doctoral student in 1999-2002), Adoption of Community law by new Member States: transitory and intertemporal issues (Przejęcie prawa wspólnotowego przez nowe państwa członkowskie: zagadnienia przejściowe oraz międzyczasowe), 2002;
  • Monika Niedźwiedź (doctoral student in 1999-2002, research assistant since 2002), Mixed international agreements under the law of the European Union (Umowy międzynarodowe mieszane świetle prawa Wspólnoty Europejskiej), 2003;
  • Monika Sudoł (doctoral student in 1998-2002, research assistant between 2002 and 2008), The relationship between European Community institutions and the authorities of the Member States in the protection of competition (Relacja między instytucjami Wspólnoty Europejskiej a organami państw członkowskich w dziedzinie ochrony konkurencji), 2004;
  • Bartłomiej Kurcz, European Union directives and their implementation into national law (Dyrektywy Wspólnoty Europejskiej i ich implementacja do prawa krajowego), 2004;
  • Inga Kawka (doctoral student in 2000-2005), The role of national regulatory bodies in telecommunication matters in EU Member States. Legal issues (Rola krajowych organów regulacyjnych w sprawach telekomunikacji w państwach członkowskich Unii Europejskiej. Problematyka prawna), 2005;
  • Agnieszka Grzelak, Legal instruments in the area of police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters in the European Union (Instrumenty prawne w obszarze współpracy policyjnej i sądowej w sprawach karnych w Unii Europejskiej), 2006;
  • Małgorzata Nowaczek-Zaremba, Effect of Treaty freedoms within the internal market on the liberalisation of the electricity market in the European Union (Wpływ traktatowych swobód rynku wewnętrznego na liberalizację rynku energii elektrycznej w Unii Europejskiej), 2007;
  • Aleksandra Czekaj-Dancewicz, Rights of the family members of a EU migrating national (Prawa członków rodzin obywatela migrującego Unii Europejskiej), 2008;
  • Agnieszka Kastelik-Smaza, Procedure for questions referred for a preliminary ruling and protection of the rights of the individual (Procedura pytań prejudycjalnych a ochrona praw jednostki), 2009;
  • Bogusław Srebro, Legal and lnstitutional issues of financing the European Union (Zagadnienia prawne i instytucjonalne finansowania Unii Europejskiej), 2010;
  • Alicja Sikora, Sanctions for failure to enforce judgments of the Court of Justice of the European Union by the Member States (Article 260 TFEU) (Sankcje w razie niewykonania wyroków Trybunału Sprawiedliwości Unii Europejskiej przez państwa członkowskie (art. 260 TFUE)), 2011;
  • Katarzyna Tosza, Benefits in the form of improved performance under EU competition law (Korzyści w postaci wzrostu efektywności w prawie konkurencji UE), 2011;
  • Mariusz Baran, Application of European Union law on an ex-officio basis by the courts of the Member States (Stosowanie z urzędu prawa unijnego przez sądy państw członkowskich), 2013.

Academic teaching at the Chair of European Law

The Chair’s staff and doctoral students engage in academic teaching activities, give lectures, run seminars, introductory seminars and practical classes in European Union law, for full- and part-time students of law at the Jagiellonian University’s Faculty of Law and Administration, and for full- and part-time students majoring in Administration, and as part of full- and part-time doctoral studies within the Faculty. [link to teaching activities]

The Chair gathers a sizeable group of talented students, mainly those attending seminars, and master-degree students in their final years of study, who are particularly interested in European law. They prepare their seminar and master-degree papers, attend academic discussion meetings, take studentships abroad, oftentimes being recommended by the Chair, and compete in contests on European law.

The Chair’s staff and doctoral students also deliver lectures, run academic discussion meetings or training events on European law for various groups of professionals, such as judges, attorneys-at-law, public prosecutors, counsellors-at-law, trainees to be qualified for these professions, public servants and entrepreneurs. During the period between November 2000 and April 2001, as part of the Tempus Phare Institutional Building Joint European Project 14140-99 Programme, in collaboration with the European Public Law Center in Greece, the Universities in Rome, Naples, Paris and Dresden, the Chair organised a series of comprehensive training events on EU law for central and local administrative staff from the region of Małopolska. Since October 2003, under the auspices of the Chair, the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Jagiellonian University has been running one-year post-graduate studies in European law, and post-graduate studies in Polish and European environmental protection laws are planned to be launched from October 2013, jointly with the Chair of Environmental Protection Law. The Chair has also organised courses under the Jean Monnet Programme.

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