The topic of this year's Summer School is "Law and culture in the global world". The first stage of the program will take place in Obrzycko (near Poznań), which included workshops between 1 and 7 July, 2013. July 8-12 will be devoted to meetings and trips in Poznań and its neighbourhood.
The second and third stage of the School will be covered in Saint Petersburg (July/August 2014) and in Irkuck (July/August 2015).
To get more information, please contact: prof. Leopold Moskwa (+48 618294266, firstname.lastname@example.org) or dr Jacek Wiewiorowski (+48 618294358, email@example.com).
Historical overview of the program:
1. On October 4th, 2005 a cooperation agreement was concluded between Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (AMU) and Irkutsk State University (ISU). The final signatures by prof. Stanisław Lorenc and prof. Aleksandr Smirnov concluded year-long talks aimed at determining an optimal agreement. The negotiation process was conducted, on behalf of the Rectors of AMU and ISU, by prof. Leopold Moskwa and assistant professor Oleg Kosinsky. In the period between September 2004 and October 2005, practical cooperation was established between these two universities.
Under the Agreement, dated October 4th, 2005, both sides committed themselves to cooperation in scientific research and the development of contacts between research workers of both institutions as well as to conducting academic exchange programmes through summer schools and other initiatives. A concrete result of these proposals is the Polish-Russian Summer School of Law and Humanities.
The history of the organization of student summer schools dates back to the middle of the 20th century. Nowadays, at European and American universities, such schools are common in student education, being an important influence on the position of the scientific institution in the educational services market. Initially, such schools were only an attempt to combine summer vacation with academic workshops, treated as a voluntary form of complementary education. Currently, the summer school programme is most often included in the teaching process at universities and constitutes an integral, obligatory part of the curriculum.
2. The 1st Polish- Russian Summer School of Law and Humanities was organised between 10-24 July, 2006 in Poznań, and its subject was: Poland – its history, policy and law. The participants included 45 students of AMU, ISU and the Irkutsk State Linguistic University, as well as a group of research workers. The programme consisted of two parts. The first part included lectures delivered by outstanding researchers, followed by discussion. The speakers were: prof. H. Koćka-Krenz: Poznań, Lednica, Gniezno – three centres of power of the first Piast monarchy, prof. A. Kijas: The History of Poland to 1918 (with a special consideration of Polish-Ruthenian and Polish-Russian relations), prof. T. Zgółka: The Language of Polish politics, prof. A. de Lazari: Russia and Poland – a difficult Slavic brotherhood and prof. M. Kępiński: An Introduction to Polish private law.
The 2nd part covered integration and tourism. In particular, it included meetings with the Rector of Adam Mickiewicz University, the deans of some of the departments of Adam Mickiewicz University (Law and Administration, History, Physics, Biology, Mathematics, Geographical and Geological Sciences), the Dean of the District Advocate Council in Poznań, as well as meetings with the authorities of some cities (Poznań, Kostrzyn n/Odrą, Myślibórz). Moreover, excursions were organised to: Myślibórz and Kostrzyn n/Odrą, (where students laid flowers on the graves of Russian and Polish soldiers fallen at the end of the Second World War), Collegium Polonicum in Słubice, Collegium Europeum in Gniezno as well as Koszuty, Kórnik and Rogalin (where students visited the manor houses). The special guest of the School was the outstanding actress Barbara Brylska.
3. From 20 July to 2 August 2008, the 2nd Polish-Russian Summer School of Law and Humanities was held, entitled The European Union – the Membership of Poland, the Partnership of Russia. It was attended by 32 students from AMU and ISU. This time the School was organised according to a new formula, which continued to be applied during the next school meetings. The programme consisted of two stages. The first was introduced at the Art and Leisure Centre in Obrzycko on 20 - 27 July 2008. This part of the School was organised in the following manner: on each day outstanding subject experts (usually researchers of AMU and ISU) presented hour long papers concerning EU issues, which were followed by 20-25 minute speeches, delivered by students, on subjects connected with the main lectures, each debate being concluded with a discussion. During the following days the main papers were presented by: prof. K. Ilski (European Unity in the papers of church fathers at the end of Antiquity), instructor I. Fomina (Problems and perspectives of cooperation between the European Union and Russia), dr M. Mataczyński (The free movement of capital, ‘golden shares’ and the European Union’s relations with third countries: the impact of the case law of the European Court of Justice on the European Union’s relations with Russia), prof. H. Kołecki (The International cooperation of national judicial authorities and law enforcement authorities in criminal matters in the European Union), senior instructor A. Koysin (The International criminal register. The activity of Interpol in counteracting the theft of cultural welfare and means of transport), prof. R. Wieruszewski (The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union), prof. W. Dajczak (The Bologna Educational Model of higher education and discussions on legal studies in European countries).
The second stage of the School (20th of July to 2nd of August 2008), carried out mainly in Poznań, focused mostly on integration and meeting new people. This time as a special guest appeared a professor of Sorbonne University, Ludwik Stomma (The view from France). The outcome of the school activities was a publication consisting of all the papers presented (ed. L. Moskwa, The European Union – membership of Poland, partnership of Russia (Ewropiejskij Sojuz – czlienstwo Polszi, partnierstwo Rossii), Poznań 2009, ss. 386, ISBN 978-83-60550-21-2).
4. Between 18-29 August 2009, Irkutsk State University and Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań organised the 3rd Polish- Russian Summer School of Law and Humanities. Its subject was devoted to Justice in the Russian Federation and Poland: problems of theory and practice. The project gathered a group of researchers of the ISU Law Institute and the AMU Department of Law and Administration, as well as 27 Russian and Polish students (Polish students represented 4 departments of AMU University). For the second time the special guest was prof. Ludwik Stomma.
The School programme consisted of 2 stages. The first, which lasted seven days and was a series of academic workshops, was organised at ISU Bolshie Koty centre at Lake Baikal. The School participants attended three subject sessions: The system of justice in civil cases and economic arbitration (I), The system of justice in criminal cases (II) and The International System of Justice (III). The key part were hour-long introductory papers, presented by researchers in the following order: assistant professor R. Kravtsov: The system of justice in the Russian Federation: current state and development trends, dr J. Wiewiorowski: The development of civil and criminal law in Poland after 1944-1945, prof. L. Moskwa: Prokurist is the alter ego of businessman in and out of court, assistant professor R. Kravtsov: Juvenile justice in the Russian Federation, senior instructor A. Koysin: Features of defence in criminal cases, senior instructor A. Koysin: The protection of Human Rights within the European Court of Human Rights: experience of the RF and Poland. The lectures delivered by the researchers were closely related to students’ speeches (20-25 minutes-long). The daily discussion during the workshops was also perceived as an important element. A special place in this part of the School was occupied by two lectures: an opening lecture made by assistant professor O. Kosinsky titled Polish people in Siberia. History and present times and the lecture given by prof. L. Stomma titled National character.
The 2nd stage of the School was organised in Irkutsk and had a more tourist-oriented character. All the delivered lectures were published (ed. A. Koysin, Justice in the Russian Federation and Poland: Problems of Theory and Practice (Prawosudie w Rossijskoj Fiedieracii i Polshie: probliemy tieorii i praktiki), Irkutsk 2010, ss. 263, ISBN 978-5-9624-0423-3).
5. The 4th Polish-Russian Summer School of Law and Humanities was organised (for the second time) in Obrzycko and Poznań during between 5-16th of July 2010. For the first time a group of researchers and students from Saint Petersburg State University (SPbSU) participated. Their involvement was the result of a cooperation agreement between Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and Saint Petersburg State University, concluded on 22 July 2005. There were, altogether, 31 students from AMU, ISU and SPbSU. The main issue covered two related subject areas: Ethics and law and Energy law.
There were altogether 31 student participants from AMU, ISU and SPbSU. The school was prepared by the organizational committee formed by prof. O. Gorodov, assistant professor O. Kosinsky, prof. L. Moskwa (general management), assistant professor D. Pietrov and dr J. Wiewiorowski (scientific management). The assistance of the head of the ISU Department of International and Grant Programmes, N. Bulanova, was invaluable.
The 1st part of the School, as usual, was an academic conference held in the Art and Leisure Centre in Obrzycko between 6 and 11 July 2010. There were 45 papers presented during the conference (11 papers of researchers and 34 papers of under- and postgraduate students). Within Ethics and law, the key significance was attributed to the papers of researchers. Their thoughts were presented in the following order: prof. K. Ilski (On the inheritors of the ethical standards of ancient Rome), prof. I. Arzumanov (Religious-ethical grounds of the law system and Violation of law in the context of Christianity), instructor А. Gavrilenko (The issue of law regulations and compliance with ethical rules in judges’ activity), prof. T. Sokołowski (The protection of a child’s rights as human rights during adoption proceedings. From Frette v. France to E.B. v. France), prof. R. Wieruszewski (Ethical values as the basis for judgments of the European Court of Human Rights). Energy Law was the main topic of the next three researchers: prof. О. Gorodov (On the concept of Energy Law), dr P. Lissoń (The principles of a common energy market. Polish legal solutions in the light of the European Union’s new directives) and assistant professor D. Pietrov (Problems of self-regulation in the market of the electric power industry of the Russian Federation).
The subject of the energy industry was also presented in a lecture given by a special guest – a member of the board of directors of Gazprom, prof. Valeriy Musin (On some problems with the export of gas). The second special guest, prof. Ludwik Stomma, presented a paper titled My teacher Claude Levi-Strauss.
The 2nd part of the School included, among others, a meeting with the Rector of AMU, a meeting with the 1st Vice-President of Poznań, a visit to the AMU Department of Physics and Department of Biology, laying flowers on the graves of Russian and Polish soldiers at the Citadel, an excursion along the Piast trail, a trip to Berlin, an excursion to three residences: a manor house in Koszuty, a castle in Kórnik and the palace in Rogalin as well as canoeing and a farewell meeting at the Botanical Garden.
6. The organisers of the 4th Polish-Russian Summer School of Law and Humanities express their gratitude to the sponsors: the Rectors of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (Rector prof. Bronisław Marciniak and Deputy Rectors: prof. Jacek Witkoś and prof. Zbigniew Pilarczyk), the Dean of the AMU Law and Administration Department, prof. Tomasz Sokołowski and PKN Orlen S.A. Words of gratitude for organising the School also go to the Head of the Law Institute of Irkutsk State University, assistant professor Oleg Lichichan and the Deans of the Faculty of Law of Saint Petersburg State University, especially to the Deputy Dean, assistant profesor Anton Rudokvas. We wish to express special gratitude to our old Polish-Russian friends of the summer schools: Consul General of the Russian Federation in Poznań, Władimir Tkaczew, Director of the Kórnik Library of the Polish Academy of Sciences, prof. Tomasz Jasiński, Dean of the AMU History Department, prof. Hanna Koćka-Krenz, prof. Rufin Makarewicz, prof. Wojciech Nawrocik and Jerzy Sobczak. But for their full understanding and assistance, the idea of friendship between the students of AMU, ISU and SPbSU (friendship between young Russians and Poles) would not have been successfully accomplished.