Speakers

Dr. Stephen Terret is director and senior lecturer at the British Law Centre’s Diploma Program, based at the University of Warsaw and taught by lecturers from the University of Cambridge and Juris Angliae Scientia. He also teaches vocational subjects at the Polish National School for Judges and Prosecutors, inter alia by giving lectures on the English legal system, commercial law and bankruptcy law for judges and prosecutors of the first and second instance. Prior to joining the SSW team, Dr. Stephen Terrett was a legal advisor to a number of international law firms in Warsaw. He also worked in the Polish Constitutional Tribunal (companies’ bodies regulations panel – English law).

Prof. Richard D. Freer is a leading American academic in Civil Procedure and the Robert Howell Hall Professor of Law at Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia. Additionally, he has served as visiting professor at George Washington University and at Central European University in Budapest. Professor Richard Freer’s areas of specialty are: Civil Procedure, Complex Litigation, and Business Associations. He is a national bar review lecturer on Civil Procedure, Federal Jurisdiction, and Corporations. An author or co-author of 16 books, including his Treatise on Civil Procedure and treatises on federal jurisdiction and practice: Moore’s Federal Practice and Wright & Miller’s Federal Practice and Procedure. A recipient of numerous university’s teaching awards such as the Emory Williams Award for Excellence in Teaching (companies’ bodies regulations panel – American law).

Agnieszka Stochlak – Gautier is an experienced and well-qualified practitioner, specialised in corporate law as well as business and commercial law, understood broadly. She completed her post-graduate studies  at the Institute of Legal Studies, Universite du Maine, le Mains, France as well as Master-degree studies at the Faculty of Law, Paris University, 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis, France. Agnieszka Stochlak- Gautier is an advocate with dual licence: Polish and French. She is also an advocat référent at the Commission Internationale Paris Varsovie. As a partner in KSG law office, she is responsible for the French Desk, providing advice to French and Francophone clients, mainly investors (companies’ bodies regulations panel – French law)

Rafał Kluziak is a Polish-qualified advocate and senior associate in Corporate / M&A Department at CMS. His areas of specializations are M&A, public takeovers and capital markets law. He assists clients, including private equity and listed companies, in public takeovers and M&A transactions, public offerings of securities and securities trading issues.

Prior to joining CMS, Rafał worked for the Polish Financial Supervision Authority, where he was responsible for supervision and licensing of investment firms. He took part in the implementation of EU capital markets law, particularly MiFID. He is an alumnus of Academy of Capital Markets Leaders active within the community. Rafał also studied Warsaw University and as an exchange student at Utrecht University, where he followed international corporate and commercial law courses (companies’ bodies regulations panel – Polish law).

Aleksandra Stepanów is a graduate of the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw as well as Institute of German Studies of Faculty of Modern Languages of the University of Warsaw. She completed German Law School and Italian Law School of the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw. She holds PhD in Literature (specialization German literature) obtained at University of Warsaw.

She is also a Senior Associate in a legal office Urbanek and Partners and an attorney-at-law as well as a member of Warsaw Bar Association (OIRP Warszawa). She specializes in civil law, commercial law, bank law, data protection law and European law and international private law (companies’ bodies regulations panel – German law).

Ida Komorowska-Moj is an experienced professional in M&A and capital markets. Prior to joining Bird&Bird, her current workplace, she gained experience in leading Polish and international law firms. She graduated with honours from the Law and Administration Department at the University of Silesia in Katowice. She is also a graduate of political science, specialising in journalism (M&A: diffrent models and strategies panel – Polish law).

Peter Daszkowski is a co-head of Wolf Theiss office in Poland. He specializes in real estate and construction matters. In addition, he regularly advises major international corporations on various mergers and acquisitions transactions and banking and finance matters. He also has extensive experience advising leading European banks on restructuring loans and securities. Peter is admitted to the bar in both Germany and Poland (M&A: diffrent models and strategies panel – German law).

Richard Kilpatrick is Assistant Professor of Business Law at Northeastern Illinois University, College of Business and Management, in Chicago, Illinois. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on the American legal system, particularly in the areas of contract law and international business. He also writes and speaks widely on a variety of legal topics related to the global shipping industry, some of which spring from his previous experience in maritime litigation. Professor Kilpatrick is a licensed attorney and holds a Juris Doctor from Tulane University Law School (M&A: diffrent models and strategies panel; economic organized crime panel – American law).

Dr. Marcin Olechowski joined SK&S in 1996 and became partner in 2007, coordinating SK&S’ banking law and financial regulation practice. Hespecializes in civil law, commercial law, banking and financial law and regulation, international business transactions and international arbitration. He advises clients on complex bank and financial regulatory matters (including acquisitions of qualifying holdings, cross-border provision of financial services, passporting and outsourcing) and represents them in proceedings before the Polish financial markets regulator. His transactional experience includes mergers and acquisitions and financing transactions. He has also represented clients in a number of high stakes international commercial and investment arbitrations under Vienna, LCIA, UNICITRAL and ICC Rules, and in proceedings in the Court of First Instance of the European Communities. He is on the list of arbitrators of the Polish-German Chamber of Commerce.

He combines his professional career at SK&S with academic work at Warsaw University.  He is a member of the Association Henri Capitant des Amis de la Culture Juridique Française (General Secretary of the Polish Group in 2002–2004), Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG), the Association Européenne de Droit Bancaire et Financier (AEBDF), and the Polish Arbitration Association (M&A: diffrent models and strategies panel; economic organized crime panel – French law).

Daniel Cousens is an English law qualified lawyer who has been based in the firm’s Warsaw office since 2006. He advises international corporates, private equity sponsors and strategic investors on M&A (private and public) deals, inbound and outbound investments in emerging Europe, particularly in Turkey,  Ukraine, the CEE and Poland.

Dan co-heads the firm’s Turkey desk and is a member of the firm’s CEE and CIS teams.

Before moving to Warsaw, Dan spent five years in the firm’s Moscow office advising on a wide range of cross-border corporate transactions. Early on in his career, Dan worked for the European Commission and for a UK non-governmental organisation on conflict resolution projects in Georgia (M&A: diffrent models and strategies panel – English law).

Dr. Michael Kilchling is a graduate at the University of Freiburg and a doctor of law. He is a senior researcher of the department of criminology at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law and from 1999 until 2005 he  was a head of the department. A member of many international organizations such as the European Forum for Restorative Justice and a reviewer for the European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research. The main fields of his research are, among others, terrorism, public prosecution, money laundering and victimology, Numerous works and lectures all across Europe are the fruits of his interest in these topics (terrorism panel – German law)

Krzysztof Szczucki is a Doctor of Law, Lecturer in the Institute of Criminal Law in the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw as well as the Chief Officer in the Office of Law and System of the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland. Formerly he served as the Chief Officer in the Criminal Law Unit of the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights and as an Expert for Legislation in the Bureau of Research of the Chancellery of the Sejm.  Author of multiple publications in the field of criminal law, philosophy of law and bioethics (terrorism panel – Polish law).

Francisco Munoz Conde is a head of the Department of Criminal Law of the University of Sevilla and Pablo de Olavide University, member of Spanish codification commission on criminal law. He is an author of over 20 monographs and books on criminal law as well as over 150 articles published in law journals. He is a doctor honoris causa of 8 universities and participated as a speaker in multiple law conferences all around the world, namely in Berlin, New York, Tokyo, Beijing, Bologna and many more (terrorism panel – Spanish law)

Philippe Chauvin is a lecturer at Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Warsaw since 1995.  A head of the French Law Centre at University of Warsaw, which provides two-year programme of studies in cooperation with University of Poitiers, thanks to which students are taught a number of the core subjects of the general French law system and have opportunity to gain French master’s law degree. In addition, he has been a lecturer of legal French language (terrorism panel – French law).

Denise Ashmore (M.B.E.) is the Course Director for the British Law Centres (now in its 25th anniversary year) and has been responsible for the organisation and teaching of all the British law centres in the Central Eastern European region, collaborating with law faculties inter alia in Poland, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic and Bulgaria, as well as organising the Central and Eastern European moot competition (now in its 23rd year). She has also organised professional and legal skills courses in collaboration with the Warsaw legal advisors and for the Polish Bar Council in co-operation with the Honorary society of the Inner Temple (terrorism panel – English law)

Dr. Elżbieta Hryniewicz – Lach is a graduate from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan and Poznan University of Economics and Business. Since receiveing her PhD in 2010 she has been an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Law and the head of German Law Centre at the Faculty of Law and Aministration, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. She is an active counsel in Great Poland bar association and gives lectures on substantive and procedural criminal law to barrister’s trainees. She is an author of numerous works on criminal law, commercial law and penal fiscal law. Moreover, she speaks five foreign languages – English, German, French, Russian and Italian (economic organised crime – German law).

Dr. Maciej Zaleski is a University of Warsaw Law and Administration Department and Centre for Italian and European Legal Studies graduate and a Doctor of Law, as well as a legal counsel who runs his own legal office. He specialises in banking and public procurement and has been working with the banking sector for over 6 years now. In private he is an avid snorkeling, skiing and photography enthusiast (economic organised crime – Italian law)

Prof. Janusz Bojarski is a DSc and an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Law and Criminal Policy at the Faculty of Law and Administration, Mikolaj Kopernik University in Torun since 1991. He is a prolific author and co-author of many books, articles and reviews on diverse aspects of criminal law, including business crime and terrorism. One of his latest pieces of work concerns the issue of economic corruption. He gives lectures in Polish and English (economic organised crime – English law).

Celina Nowak is a professor of law at the Kozminski University and Director of The Institute of Law Studies of The Polish Academy of Sciences. She graduated from the University of Warsaw and niversité de Paris I – Panthéon – Sorbonne. She specializes in the compliance issues, corruption and minimalising the risk connected with running a company (economic organised crime – Polish law).

  

Moderators

Prof. Konrad Osajda is a graduate of the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw and University of Ottawa Faculty of Law where he obtained the Master of Laws degree. He is a holder of a polish post-doctoral law degree and serves as an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Civil Law in the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw. He is a member of the Supreme Court Research and Analyses Office as well as many prestigious organizations, namely European Law Institute and Committee for Legal Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Being an author of multiple publications and articles, his main fields of interest are private law in comparative perspective, law of succession and commercial law (M&A: different models & strategies panel).

Prof. Maria Rogacka-Rzewnicka is an associate profesor at the University of Warsaw specialised in criminal proceedings, international criminal law,  comparative law in substantive and procedural criminal law with special regard to French criminal law. She graduated with honours not only from the Faculty of Law and Administration but also from the Faculty of History at the University of Warsaw. She is an author of outstanding number of works written mainly in Polish, English and French and a speaker at numerous international conferences. Besides, since 2015 she has been a member of International Academy of Comparative Law and Legislative Counsil of Prime Minister (economic organized crime panel).

Dr. Aleksandra Zięba works at the University of Warsaw and specializes in topics regarding islamic fundamentalism, the security policy of Germany, combating terrorism and the role woman play in terrorist organisations (terrorism panel)

Dr. Jerzy Modrzejewski is a notable expert on corporate law, a lecturer in the Commercial Law Department at the Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Warsaw. He is an author of numerous works on company law, including co – authorship of manual  of commercial law. Moreover, he gives lectures to prospective solicitors and notary publics.  A visiting professor at American universities. He is a solicitor with longstanding experience and arbitrator of Court of Arbitration at the Polish Chamber of Commerce in Warsaw and international arbitrations (companies’ bodies regulations panel).

Media patronages

Magiel is a magazine jointly edited by a group of Warsaw School of Economics and University of Warsaw students with a journalistic flair. Thanks to determination of the monthly’s creators, Magiel has been constantly expanding and has become the most influencial students’ medium at Warsaw colleges. It touches on subjects closely connected with students’ life and comments on current developments both in the fields of politics and economics. Moreover, Magiel devotes a lot of attention to cultural topics such as film, theater, literature or music.

Studentprawa.pl is a website aimed at students and postgraduates of law faculty. It shares current information on recruitment process, job and apprenticeship offers, as well as enriching conferences and trainings for students. Besides, studentprawa.pl is a source of legal news, accounts and interviews.

Radio Kampus dedicates its programme to students, researchers, high school pupils and everyone interested in academic topics. Editorial staff of the radio consists mainly of students working as volunteers. Under the supervision of experienced journalists they create a 24-hour programme broadcasted on 97,1 FM in Warsaw and in 30 kilometers radius from the city. The broadcast can also be found on the Internet and in the Radio suite.  Radio Kampus consists of different units, namely editorial boards for information, culture, student related topics, music and Europe related topics.

 

Honorary patronages

Rector of the Kozminski University – The Kozminski Univeristy, founded in 1993, is a private institution of higher education with full academic rights. The educational offer includes: management (in Polish and English), management in virtual environments (in Polish and English), finance and accounting (in Polish and English), economics – international markets, law, administration, as well as social sciences in management: business and media sociology and psychology in management. Since 2009 Kozminski University is classified in the prestigious educational rankings provided by the ‘Financial Times’ – Business School Rankings, which include the best universities from around the world. Moreover, Kozminski University holds three international accreditations: EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB.

Rector of the University of Warsaw – The University of Warsaw was founded in 1816. Studies at the University of Warsaw hold high positions in international rankings, such as the Times Higher Education World University Ranking and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (also known as the Shanghai Ranking). Taking into account the total number of research universities that reaches 20 thousand, the University of Warsaw is among the top two per cent of the world’s best universities. The highest quality of education is also confirmed by research conducted with the University’s graduates. The University of Warsaw conducts the largest research enterprise of its kind in Europe by monitoring the careers of former students. Results demonstrate that having a diploma from the University of Warsaw is a definite asset in the job market; 94% of respondents have found employment after graduation.

Rector of the University of Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński – The University of Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński has been one of the most frequently chosen public universities in Poland. At present, there are 16 000 students studying at 10 faculties. The University offers studies in Humanities as well as in Science. Students can choose from a wide scope of degree programmes. The University also participates in many scholarship programmes. Since 2000, it has been participating in the ERASMUS programme, and since 2014 in the ERASMUS +, offering opportunities for studying abroad. Students also have the possibility to be awarded national scholarships at 19 Polish universities in the MOST student mobility programme.

Rector of the Łazarski University – studying at Łazarski University means studying at one of the most prestigious universities in Poland. Łazarski University is an internationally-oriented institution with over 4500 students. Its Faculty of Law and Administration has been ranked number one among non-public universities for five years in a row according to “Dziennik Gazeta Prawna”, a leading legal newspaper, and the university consistently ranks in the top five among non-public universities in rankings published by “Rzeczpospolita” and “Perspektywy”. Most recently, Łazarski University was ranked as the best university in Poland by U-Multirank, a global ranking funded by the European Commission of over 1200 universities worldwide.

Rector of the SWPS University is a private university in Poland affiliated with the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology and the Institute of Psychology, Polish Academy of Sciences. SWPS University was founded in 1996 by Andrzej Eliasz, Zbigniew Pietrasiński and Janusz Reykowski, former professors of the Institute of Psychology at the Polish Academy of Sciences. SWPS University is one of the largest private universities in Poland. Over 16,000 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students study at five campuses of SWPS University, located in major Polish cities, including Warsaw, Wrocław, Sopot, Poznań, and Katowice).

Terrorism Research Centre of Collegium Civitas is an institution conducting research associated with terrorism and all of its aspects – the phenomenom itself and possible ways to counter it. They organize conferences and publish works which not only include the analysis of terrorism but also – forecasts for the development of the issue.

The Supreme Court of the Republic of Poland (Sąd Najwyższy) is the court of last resort of appeal against judgements in the lower courts. It supervises the adjudication in:
General courts – these are district, regional, and appeal courts. They adjudicate in the areas of civil, criminal, family and labour law.
Military courts – that is circuit and garrison courts. They deal with matters relating to crimes committed by soldiers in active service, civilian employees in military units, and prisoners of war.
It also passes resolutions to clarify specific legal provisions and resolve disputable questions in specific cases.

 Centre for International Debate Warsaw is an organisation that was brought to life as a result of a competition held by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Its main aim is to make the citizens more aware of Polish foreign policy and its priorities as well as building a stronger bond between the Ministry, NGOs and local governments.

President of Supreme Administrative Court – Marek Zirk Sadowski (Professor of Law)

 

Merit – related partners

The current British law centres retain their central administration in Warsaw. The Warsaw BLC has three resident tutors who also form part of the team of tutors who visit the other Polish and Central and Eastern European centres. Educational supervision comes from the members of the charity Juris Angliae Scientia Ltd and the Director and Deputy Director Course Director who are also a fundamental part of the teaching team.

The teaching structure is based upon a system of lectures and workbooks, supported by regular class teaching in the form of seminars (normally 12-15 persons) and tutorials (normally 6-8 persons). Lectures are provided in the Warsaw centre both by visiting academics from the University of Cambridge (the regular visitors over the years have included Prof. Catherine Barnard, Dr Okeoghene Odudu, Dr Mika Oldham, Prof. Richard Fentiman, and Dr Jonathan Morgan, as well as academics from other leading international universities including Professor Robert Burrell of University of Sheffield and Dr Dorota Leczykiewicz of the European University Institute), professional lectures from our commercial partners and by the resident Warsaw tutors.

The BLC course provides a one/ two year programme in which students are taught a number of the core subjects of the general English law degree – English legal system, criminal, contract, tort, and trusts before moving on in their second year to European Union

The Center for American Law Studies at Warsaw University emerged from the vision of faculty members of the Warsaw University Faculty of Law and Administration and the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.

The program offered by the Center is a one-year program. During each academic year the Center offers ten courses. The courses are specially designed and selected to give students the best understanding of the common law system and unique issues of the American legal system, and to introduce the legal issues and problems which may be the most common in the students’ future profession. Usually courses include topics such as: Intro to American Law, Constitutional Law, Torts, Legal Writing, Contacts, Business Law, ADR, and Professional Responsibility. Also other courses are taught in the program such as: Tax Law, Securities, Criminal law and Procedure, Property, Family Law, Environmental law, Securities, Intellectual Property.

 The Italian and European Law School is a common educational project of the Faculty of Law of the University of Warsaw and Dipartimento Seminario Giuridico Università degli Studi di Catania. Its programme covers a one-year course of Italian and European law systems’ basics, in particular: Civil Law (including Contract Law), Trade Law, Banking Law, Penal Law and Intellectual Property Law. Classes are conducted by lecturers working at  renowned Italian universities: Università degli Studi di Catania, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano i Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II as well as recognized practitioners – solicitors and counsels.

French Law Centre of the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw was formed in 1995 together by the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw and the Faculty of Law and Social Studies of the University of Poitiers. It offers postgraduate French studies “Master franco-polonais de droit des affaires francais et europeen”. Classes are conducted in French by professors of French, European and Polish universities.

German Law School of the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw is a collaborative project of the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw and Faculty of Law of the University of Bonn. It offers a German and European law course which lasts an academic year and touches upon civil, commerce, constitutional, administrative and economic law. It is aimed at law students and lawyers interested in learning about the German law system and its connections with the European Union law. The classes are conducted by practising German lawyers, as well as University of Bonn professors.