Global Network of Scholars & Professionals

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Global Network of Scholars & Professionals

Dr. Michał Urbańczyk

Doctor of Laws and assistant professor at the Department of Political and Legal Doctrines and Philosophy at the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznan. An expert in the field of freedom of speech and its boundaries (including hate speech), specializing in the study of American political and legal thought. Author of the monograph “Liberal Doctrine of Freedom of Speech and the Freedom of Historical Expression” (which is his Ph.D. dissertation), and dozens of academic articles, book chapters, expert opinions and popular-science papers. Speaker at a multitude of nationwide and international academic conferences (Vilnius, Prague, Warsaw, Poznan). Participant of the international project EUROPEAN WISE – Europe After the WWII – Multidimensional Effects of Integration as a Guarantee for State and Human Security. Expert for the “Society for Tolerance” project conducted by the Polish Association Against Anti-Semitism and Xenophobia (Otwarta Rzeczpospolita). Counselor of the American Law Society – one of the most active student organizations in Poznań. Chairman of the organizing committee of the first and second international conference “In search of the European doctrine of freedom of speech” (2016 and 2017), which gathered scholars from Italy, France, Finland, the United States, Great Britain, Netherlands, Hungary, Cyprus, Egypt, Ukraine, Lithuania, and Poland (including Justices of the Supreme Court and the Supreme Administrative Court of Poland). President of the Polish Society of Political Thought (PTMP).

Prof. Susanna Frederick Fischer

Susanna Frederick Fischer has practiced law on both sides of the Atlantic, as a New York attorney and an English barrister. Her primary areas of practice and her main research interests are copyright law, art law, media law, cyberlaw, and constitutional law, from a comparative law perspective.

Professor Fischer received her legal education at Merton College, University of Oxford, where she received a B.A. in jurisprudence, and the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was awarded the LL.M. degree. She also studied at Princeton University, where she earned an A.B. in history, magna cum laude. She practiced for five years as a barrister in London, England, at 5 Raymond Buildings (currently headed by Desmond Browne QC and Matthew Nicklin QC). She represented clients before all levels of English courts and tribunals, including the House of Lords. In London, she also worked part-time as a Night Lawyer providing pre-publication legal advice for News International plc, the publishers of The Times, The Sunday Times, and the Sun. She also taught Contracts at London Guildhall University. She later spent three years practicing intellectual property law as an associate at two New York City law firms, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP and Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker LLP.

Professor Fischer joined the faculty of Columbus School of Law in 1999, where she teaches or has taught copyright law, art law, entertainment law, introduction to intellectual property law, international intellectual property law, constitutional law, comparative law, comparative constitutional law, and civil procedure. She has taught courses on intellectual property law in Krakow, Poland, for the American Law Program jointly run by the Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America and the Jagiellonian University, as well as for the summer program in International Business and Trade held at the Jagiellonian University. She has also taught a summer course at the University of Lisbon in Portugal.

She served as the native English language consultant for a translation of the Polish Civil Code into English, published by Wolters Kluwer Polska in 2012.

Prof. Leah Wortham

Professor Leah Wortham graduated summa cum laude and with membership in Phi Beta Kappa from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota and received her J.D. degree from Harvard Law School. She has taught the required legal ethics course at the Columbus School of Law of The Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, D.C. since 1983. Professor Wortham has worked extensively with the D.C. Bar in a number of capacities regarding legal ethics and the regulation of the legal profession. She served on the D.C. Bar Rules of Professional Conduct Review Committee from 2000-2006 (Chair 2004-2006, Vice-Chair 2001-2004). She serves as the CUA director of the American Law certificate program offered at Jagiellonian University and an LL.M. program offered in cooperation with Jagiellonian. In 1996, she commenced working with Jagiellonian University in their establishment of the first successful clinical program in Central Europe. In June 2008, she received the Zasluzony dla UJ, a medal awarded by the JU Faculty Senate upon recommendation of the University Rector to honor people whose services are deemed to be of extreme merit to Jagiellonian University.

Prof. David Jones

Professor David A. Jones received his Ph.D. from State University of New York in public management and his Habilitacja from University of Warsaw in political science. He has served on the faculty of American Studies Center, Institute of The Americas and Europe, University of Warsaw since 2005, where also he taught at the Institute of International Relations (2006-2016) and has taught International Management I and II since 2008 at the Faculty of Management. He is a senior graduate lecturer at Norwich University, the Military Academy of the State of Vermont, where he has taught Global Corporate Diplomacy and Intercultural Communication in the International Environment since 2006, receiving its Outstanding Faculty Award in 2018. Also, he received a University of Warsaw Rector’s Award in 2017 for his book, Four Eagles anda Dragon: Successes and Failures of Quixotic Encirclement Strategy in International Relations, An Analysis (London: Bloomsbury, Plc.). 

Dr. Karl-Friedrich Israel

Karl-Friedrich Israel is a senior researcher at the Institute for Economic Policy at Leipzig University in Germany. He obtained his doctorate degree in economics from the University of Angers in France in 2017 working on the costs and benefits of central banking. He holds a MSc in Applied Statistics from Oxford University, UK, a MSc in Applied Mathematics form ENSAE ParisTech, France, as well as a BSc and MSc in Economics from Humboldt- University of Berlin, Germany. He is an organizing member of the Austrian Economics Meeting Europe and is a Mises Institute Research Fellow. In his career, he worked as a lecturer at the Department of Law and Economics in Angers from 2016 to 2018. He is an author of numerous book reviews, translations, book chapters, and articles in prestigious academic journals.

His broader research interests lie in the areas of macroeconomics, the history of economic thought, economic methodology, econometrics and Austrian economics.

Dr. Maciej Turek

Maciej Turek holds degrees in American Studies and political science. In 2012, he successfully defended a doctoral dissertation in political science, written under the supervision of Professor Marek Bankowicz, devoted to the issues of mechanisms of U.S. vice-presidential selection and how it affected holding of the office of American vice-presidency between 1976 and 2009. He has been a grantee of the Copernicus Society of America (Dickinson College, USA, 2008), and received research grants from the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies and the Freie Universität Berlin (2009 and 2014). He currently holds a position of Assistant Professor at the Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora of the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland.

His broad academic interests encompass issues such as the American political system and its institutions, campaigns and elections in the United States, comparative electoral systems, comparative studies of local governments, as well as financing of politics and elections.

Patrick Higgins

Patrick Higgins received a Bachelor of Art in Economics and a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in 2010, a Master of Arts in Sociology from George Mason University in 2013, and a Master of Arts in Economics from George Mason University in 2017. 

Currently, Patrick Higgins is a PhD candidate at the University o Łódź, Faculty of Law and Administration, and also a member of the Alexis de Tocqueville Center for Political and Legal Thought. His interests are in the Austrian school of economics, new economic sociology, constitutional political economy, and the history of ideas. His current research is in two main streams: firstly, understanding how the ideas, institutions, and practices of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth promoted freedom and prevented the rise of absolutism and comparing these with the USA, the UK, and other nations, and, secondly, synthesizing a coherent constitutional political economy from the writings of Walter Lippmann.

Gaspar Kot, LL.M.

Gaspar Kot is an attorney-at-law (radca prawny) in Poland and a Ph.D. candidate at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Faculty of Law and Administration, Chair of Economic Policy. Since 2012, he is the Coordinator of the LL.M. Program of the Catholic University of America, Washington D.C., USA for Poland. Graduate of the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Jagiellonian University (2010) and the Catholic University of America, Washington D.C. (LL.M. 2012). His areas of interest and expertise include corporate, commercial and capital markets law. Currently in-house lawyer at UBS.