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About the Summer School

The goal of the Summer School on the Rule of Law, organized jointly by SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities and the University of Oslo, is to integrate scholars, postgraduate students and professionals around the idea of the rule of law. It is an educational project with research and networking opportunities.

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Program

The program of our summer school will focus on topics related to the rule of law, in particular:

  • legal education
  • legal aid
  • strategic litigation
  • judicial resistance methods
  • fair trial standards
  • advocacy for the rule of law
  • communicating issues concerning the rule of law (raising general awareness of the rule of law).

Additinally, thanks to the location and the schedule of the Summer School, students will have an opportunity to participate in the official celebrations of the historical August Accords (singed on August 31, 1980 by the representatives of the Solidarity movement and the then communist government of Poland). The celebrations, which are usually attended by many European and Polish officials, provide a historical background to the events that brought on a democratic transformation in the Central and Eastern Europe.

High-level Schedule

  • August 25th – arrivals
  • August 26th-28th – Classes part I
  • August 29th-30th – Classes part II
  • August 31st – Participation in the August Accords celebrations (commemorating the Solidarity movement)
  • September 1st-2nd – Classes part III
  • September 3rd – Closing events: panel discussion and handing out diplomas
  • September 4th – Departures

Detailed program and class schedule will be available soon. Watch this space!

Who should apply?

The program is addressed to postgraduate students of law or sociology (or students of the final year of graduate programs), young scholars. legal professionals (judges, prosecutors, attorneys), mostly from Central and Eastern Europe and the Baltic states, civil servants working in judicial or ombudsman institutions, and officers of international organizations (EU, Council of Europe, OSCE, Council of Baltic States).

Admission requirements

To apply, please submit the following documents:

  • CV
  • Motivation letter explaining how you will apply the knowledge gained during the summer school
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)

If necessary, candidates may need to attend online interviews. We will notify you in advance if this is the case.

Application deadline is July 3, 2022. Don't delay, only 40 places are available!

Lecturers

Our international lecturers include renowned legal professionals specializing in human rights, constitutional law, and upholding the rule of law.

Filip Czernicki
Filip Czernicki, Ph.D.
Director of the Summer School on the Rule of Law Read more

Filip Czernicki, Ph.D.

Attorney-at-Law, graduated from the Warsaw University Law School where he obtained his master degree and PhD. Besides his academic and business career he works on structural development and promotion of professional lawyers pro bono activity as well as improvement of legal education through practical skills teaching and establishment of legal clinics in Poland and Eastern Europe. More information

 
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Hans Petter Graver
Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo Read more

Hans Petter Graver

is a Norwegian legal scholar, professor and a former dean (2008-2015) of the Faculty of Law at the Univeristy of Oslo. He served his military service as a lawyer at the Judge Advocate General's office. In 1981, he became research fellow at the Faculty of Law. He worked at the Office of the Attorney General of Norway 1990–1992. Since 1993, he has been professor of law at the University of Oslo. He is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Helsinki in 2010, the University of Heidelberg in 2017, and the University of Uppsala in 2020. More information

Laurent Pech
Laurent Pech
Lawyer specializing in EU Public Law Read more

Laurent Pech

is Professor of European Law, Jean Monnet Chair of European Public Law (2014-17) and Head of the Law and Politics Department at Middlesex University London. Laurent is also a Visiting Professor of Law at Bordeaux University, an expert for eLabEurope, and a member of the editorial board of the Hague Journal on the Rule of Law as well as a member of the scientific board of the Montesquieu Law Review. He has been a visiting professor at many institutions, including his alma mater: Aix-Marseille University. In 2018, Professor Pech was appointed Fernand Braudel Fellow at the European University Institute. He is currently a member of a H2020 funded four-year multidisciplinary research project on "Reconciling Europe with its Citizens through Democracy and the Rule of Law" (RECONNECT). Professor Pech specialises in EU Public Law and has lectured in a variety of subjects including EU Constitutional Law, EU Internal Market Law, EU Competition Law and EU Fundamental Rights Law. His current primary area of research is rule of law backsliding in Europe. More information

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Mirosław Wyrzykowski
Professor of law at the University of Warsaw, former judge of Poland's Constitutional Court Read more

Mirosław Wyrzykowski

is a Professor of Law at the University of Warsaw and a former judge of Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal (2001-2010). Over the years he held various positions, such as the Head of the Department of Constitutional Rights and Freedoms at the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights (1988-1990), a member of the Legislative Council advising the Prime Minister (1990-1993 and 1996-2001), and Director of the Center for Constitutionalism and Legal Culture at the Institute of Public Affairs, a Polish think tank and an independent center for policy research and analysis (1996 – 2001). Professor Wyrzykowski is a member of the Committee on Legal Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences, a member of numerous scientific boards, including the Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN), National School of Public Administration, Institute of State and Law Studies, and the Institute of Law and Administration Studies at the University of Warsaw.

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Basil Kerski
Director of the European Solidarity Centre in Gdańsk
(photo: Grzegorz Mehring, Wikimedia Commons)
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Basil Kerski

is a culture manager, political scientist and writer. He is the Director of the European Solidarity Centre (ECS) in Gdańsk (since 2011). He studied political science and Slavic studies at the Free University of Berlin. From 1998 to 2010 he held the position of Director of Deutsch-Polnische Gesellschaft Bundesverband (Federal Association of German-Polish Societies. He is Editor in Chief of Przegląd Polityczny, a publication established in 1983 by Donald Tusk. As a political scientist, Basil Kerski worked at the Berlin branch of the German-American Aspen Institute, the German Council on Foreign Relations, in Bundestag (German federal parliament), and at Berlin Social Science Center. More information

Wojciech Wiewiórowski
Wojciech Wiewiórowski
European Data Protection Supervisor Read more

Wojciech Wiewiórowski

is a lawyer, university teacher and former National Personal Data Protection Inspector in Poland. He currently holds the seat of European Data Protection Supervisor. More information

Aleksandra Dulkiewicz
Aleksandra Dulkiewicz
Lawyer, Mayor of Gdańsk Read more

Aleksandra Dulkiewicz

is a lawyer. She has been serving as the Mayor of Gdańsk, a major port city in northern Poland, since 2019. More information

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Adam Bodnar
Lawyer, Dean of the Faculty of Law in Warsaw, SWPS University Read more

Adam Bodnar

is a lawyer specializing in constitutional law and human rights. He has held the position of the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Republic of Poland since September 2015. He is also a former Vice-President of the Helsinki Foundation of Human Rights (2010-2015). Throughout his career, he has been working with many NGOs, including Panoptykon Foundation (Chair of the Foundation Council), ClientEarth Poland (member of the Program Council), Professor Zbigniew Hołda Association (co-founder and member of the board). Additionally, he was a member of the Civic Legislation Forum operating at the Batory Foundation and a member of the Board of Directors of the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture (2014 - 2015). More information

Viktor Vadasz
Viktor Vadász
Criminal judge at the Metropolitan Court of Budapest Read more

Viktor Vadász

is a criminal judge at the Metropolitan Court of Budapest. He is a member and spokesperson of the National Judicial Council. Since June 2019, he has represented the Hungarian Council on the Executive Board of the European Network of Councils for the Judiciary (ENCJ). More information

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Ján Hrubala
President of the Specialized Criminal Court in Pezinok, Slovakia Read more

Ján Hrubala

is a lawyer and judge, the Chairman of the Senate and, since August 2020, President of the Specialized Criminal Court in Pezinok. More information

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Andrea Huber
Head of Human Rights Department at OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights Read more

Andrea Huber

A committed and highly experienced legal professional with a comprehensive background in human rights, criminal justice and gender issues. Providing leadership, strategic direction and innovative project design. Possessing sound political judgement and excellent inter-personal skills. Outstanding stakeholder management and communication skills. Proven ability to conduct and oversee research, analysis and advocacy. Enjoys to work as part of a productive team; equally comfortable working on own initiative and thrives under pressure. A capable organiser, reliable and conscientious. Accustomed to delivering presentations, technical assistance and capacity-building worldwide. More information

Christophe Hillion
Professor of European Law at the University of Oslo Read more

Christophe Hillion

is Professor of European Law at the University of Oslo. More information  

Elin Skaar
Political scientist at the University of Bergen and Chr. Michelsen Institute Read more

Elin Skaar

is a political scientist exploring intersections between law and politics in Latin America and Africa. Her research focuses mainly on countries that through processes of democratization deal with human rights violations, transitional justice, strengthening and reforming their courts, and development issues more generally. Main empirical focus: Latin America (Argentina, Chile, Uruguay) and Southern Africa (Angola, Mozambique). More information  

Magda Mierzewska-Krzyżanowska
Magda Krzyżanowska-Mierzewska
Attorney-at-law Read more

Magda Krzyżanowska-Mierzewska

is an attorney at law. She has been working at the Law Office of the European Court for Human Rights in Strasburg since 1998, previously she worked at the Secretariat of the Subcommittee on Human Rights at the EU (1993 – 1998). Until 2008, she collaborates with the Task Force for the Improvement of the Judiciary of the Polish Judges Association "Iustitia”. In 2008, she was a member of the Human Rights Advisory Panel of the UN mission in Kosovo. Since 2010, she has been a member, and since 2012, the Chair of the Human Rights Review Panel of the European Union’s mission in EULEX in Kosovo.

Klaus Bachmann
Klaus Bachmann
historian, political scientist, specializing in issues of European integration, totalitarian regimes and transitional justice (SWPS University) Read more

Klaus Bachmann

is Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences at SWPS University. As a historian and political scientist, Professor Bachmann specializes in European integration, totalitarian regimes, and transitional justice, including institutions such as truth and reconciliation commissions, international criminal tribunals, and so called “lustration” - the process of vetting public officials to determine their involvement with the respective pre-transition political regime. From 1988 to 2001, he reported on the transitions of Poland, Belarus, Ukraine and Lithuania as a correspondent for various Austrian, Swiss and German newspapers. In 2001, he moved to Brussels where he worked as a correspondent for the same media (and some Polish newspapers and journals) until 2004. More information  

Filip Cyuńczyk
Filip Cyuńczyk
lawyer specializing in sociology and history of law (SWPS University) Read more

Filip Cyuńczyk

is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law in Warsaw at SWPS University. As a lawyer, he specializes in sociology and history of law. In 2019, he obtained a doctorate from the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw. He is also a graduate of the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Oñati, Gipuzkoa, Spain. His research interests include sociology of law, in particular constitutionalism, relationship between law and group identity, conflict resolution policy, legal regulation of collective memory, and studies on legal education. More information

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Łukasz Bojarski
Lawyer specializing in human rights Read more

Łukasz Bojarski

is Doctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Private Law at the University of Oslo. He graduated with a law degree from the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw and subsequently embarked on a research career. He authored numerous publication on various aspects of law, and developed programs focused on the judicial process. He worked as an independent expert and consultant for the European Commission and the Council of Europe. Łukasz Bojarski co-founded INPRIS – the Institute for Law and Society, an independent, non-partisan think tank devoted to the matters of law, where initially he was a member of the board, and later the President. He collaborates with the Stefan Batory Foundation and the Helsinki Foundation of Human Rights. More information

Sylwia Gregorczyk Abram
Sylwia Gregorczyk-Abram
Advocate specializing in civil and criminal litigation Read more

Sylwia Gregorczyk-Abram

is an advocate. She specializes in civil and criminal litigation. She is a co-founder of a civic initiative “Wolne Sądy” (Free Courts), the Committee for the Defence of Justice (KOS), and a member of the board of the Professor Zbigniew Hołda Association. Since 2016, she has been working as a Liaison for NGOs at the District Bar Council in Warsaw. For many years, she has been collaborating with community organizations and social actions, which aim to change the system. She also helps these organizations to obtain funding. Her pro bono mission is to support the development of a civil society in Poland. In 2016, she was named the Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year. More information

Maria Ejchart Dubois
Maria Ejchart-Dubois
Lawyer Read more

Maria Ejchart-Dubois

has always been interested in defending the rights of wrongfully accused and wrongfully incarcerated. Since 2003, she has been coordinating a unique program “Innocence” focused on miscarriages of justice. Currently, Maria is working on a research project “Life imprisonment. Murderer, his/her crime and punishment”, at the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy of the University of Warsaw. Additionally, she is a judge of the Warsaw District Medical Malpractice Commission. She is also the President of the Professor Zbigniew Hołda Association.

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Katarzyna Wiśniewska
Advocate, Coordinator of Precedent Cases at the Helsinki Foundation of Human Rights Read more

Katarzyna Wiśniewska

is an advocate, Coordinator of Precedent Cases at the Helsinki Foundation of Human Rights. She graduated from the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. She coordinated and participated in numerous European and international projects. She authored and co-authored many publication on criminal law, criminal punishment law, and human rights. Katarzyna specializes in EU’s procedural law and proceedings at the European Court for Human Rights as well as strategic litigation concerning human rights.

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Dariusz Mazur
Judge of the District Court in Kraków, Poland Read more

Dariusz Mazur

is a judge of the District Court in Kraków, Poland, where he also holds the position of the Presiding Judge at the Criminal Division. He is also the spokesman for the Polish Judges Association "Themis".

Dimitry Kochenov
Dimitry Kochenov
Professor of Law at the Central European University Read more

Dimitry Kochenov

leads the Rule of Law Workgroup at the Central European University Democracy Institute and teaches at the Department of Legal Studies. His research focuses on the principles of law in the global context, with a special emphasis on the Rule of Law, citizenship, and the enforcement of European Union values. More information

Andras Kadar
András Kádár
Attorney-at-law and Co-chair of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee Read more

András Kádár

is an attorney-at-law and Co-chair of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee. Besides providing representation before domestic and international forums, including the European Court of Human Rights, he has been responsible for the HHC’s various research projects, training programs and advocacy activities. He was a member of the Independent Police Complaints Board, a civilian oversight body elected by and operating under the Hungarian Parliament, and is the Hungarian member of the European Network of Legal Experts in the Non-discrimination Field. More information

Maciej Taborowski
Maciej Taborowski
Deputy Commissioner for Human Rights of the Republic of Poland Read more

Maciej Taborowski

is Deputy Commissioner for Human Rights of the Republic of Poland. More information

Andrew Drzemczewski
Andrew Drzemczewski
Former Council of Europe Senior Legal Official Read more

Andrew Drzemczewski

studied law at the London School of Economics & Political Science (LL.B., Ph.D) & the University of California, Berkeley (LL.M); Barrister-at-Law, Middle Temple, London. He worked at the Council of Europe, in Strasbourg, France, from 1985 to 2016, & since 1986 he is legal correspondent for The Times newspaper, London (over 400 Human Rights Law Reports, Strasbourg). More information

Barbara Grabowska-Moroz
Barbara Grabowska-Moroz
Research fellow at CEU Democracy Institute (Budapest, Hungary) Read more

Barbara Grabowska-Moroz

is a research fellow at CEU Democracy Institute (Budapest, Hungary). From 2018 to 2021 she was a postdoc researcher in the RECONNECT project (University of Groningen, the Netherlands). Between 2010 and 2018 she worked as a lawyer and project coordinator in the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (Warsaw, Poland), and as a legal expert in FRANET (multidisciplinary research network of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency).

Michał Wawrykiewicz
Attorney at Law, Free Courts Initiative Read more

Michał Wawrykiewicz

is an attorney at law at Wawrykiewicz Law Firm. More information

Barbara Namysłowska-Gabrysiak
Barbara Namysłowska-Gabrysiak
Professor of Law at the University of Warsaw Read more

Barbara Namysłowska-Gabrysiak

is a Professor of Law at the Department of Criminal and Comparative Law at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw.

Natalya Petrova
Natalia Petrova
Deputy Director for USAID's "Justice for All" program, Adjunct Professor at Mogylianka School of Journalism Read more

Natalia Petrova

is a Ukrainian lawyer, National Bar Association member and Media Law expert with 30 years of experience in legal representation, judicial training, legislative drafting and analysis, public policy, advocacy, and the rule of law promotion in Ukraine. She is an Adjunct Professor at Mogylianka School of Journalism where she teaches Media Law course. Currently, she works as Deputy Director for USAID's "Justice for All" program. More information

Location

Our Summer School will take place in SWPS University’s campus in Sopot, located in a picturesque seaside resort on the Baltic Sea.

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Fees

  • Tution fee:
  • The Summer School on the Rule of Law is free of charge. It is financed by the Norway Grants.

  • Food and accommodation
  • Participants will receive a per diem amount to cover the costs of food and accommodaton

Registration

  • Registrations have been closed
  • Candidates will be notified by e-mail, sent to the address provided during the registration process, about the admission decision by July 10th