Summer School in the Foundations of Democracy: American Law, Politics & Economy 

🇺🇸Summer School in American Law, Politics & Economy 🇺🇸

The Center For American Studies and the American Law Society would like to invite you to take part in the 2nd International Summer School in the Foundations of Democracy: American Law, Politics & Economy, which will be held in Poznań on August 16-29, 2020.
Official summer school video on YouTube:
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🔹Are you fascinated by the United States of America and its extraordinary legal system?
🔹Do you want to learn more about the ideas that influence the American society and politics?
🔹Are you interested in the meanders of the American economy and the U.S. history of exceptional socio-economic development?
🔹Or maybe you simply want to better understand how the United States functions in the modern world and the international arena?
🎓Our Summer School offers a unique opportunity to expand your knowledge of democratic theory thanks to our broad, interdisciplinary, and Socratic approach.
🎓Seminar-style workshops led by internationally renowned experts from the United States, Poland, and Germany, and the open-debate format of each course will create a stimulating learning environment for all participants.
🎓The workshop format guarantees that the participants will gain practical skills (argumentation, group-work, critical thinking) necessary for professional development and successful community work
We welcome applications from both undergraduate and graduate students as well as alumni of all disciplines.
Even though we expect most of the applications to come from students of law, political science, philosophy, economics, international relations, and sociology, we will welcome your application regardless of your specific educational background as long as you demonstrate your desire to actively engage in each workshop and discussion panels. We hold a strong preference for candidates who demonstrate the willingness and/or capacity to implement the democratic principles learned during the summer school in their own professional and community work.
We welcome applications from all countries, but we are not responsible for your visa arrangements. We can, however, provide you with a confirmation letter, in case of your acceptance to the program (if you need a visa to come to Poland, please apply by June 1, 2020).
In order to apply to our Summer School, please send us the following:
• CV/resume highlighting your professional and academic experience (max. 1-2 pages)
• Cover Letter stating why you want to participate in the summer school, what you want to gain from the program, and how it will enrich you academically and/or personally (max. 600 words)
• Scholarship Statement (300-500 words) if you wish to apply for our CFAS Scholarship (see bottom of this page for details)
Your CV/resume should also include the following clause regarding personal data processing:

I agree to the processing of my personal data for the purposes of realizing the recruitment process, in pursuance of the Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (General Data Protection Regulation).
I acknowledge and consent to the rules of personal data processing by the Center For American Studies, for the purposes of realising the recruitment process and participating in the International Summer School in American Law, Politics & Economy 2020, available on the FB event page:

Please send the abovementioned documents to the following e-mail address:
❗️The final deadline for your application is July 1st, but we will be addmitting participants on a rolling basis. It is highly advised that you apply as early as possible since the number of participants is limited. If you get accepted before any of the deadlines you will be requested to pay the participation fee earlier❗️
299 euros*
The price includes Summer School materials and lunch during 10 days of seminars.
* Look at the bottom of this page for information about full and partial scholarships.
We do not provide accommodation for the participants of the Summer School. We will, however, do our best to assist you in choosing the right hostel or hotel should you have any questions. We will also add all accepted applicants to a common Facebook group on which you will be able to arrange accomodation with other participants of the program, such as by renting an apartment through AirBnB. Participants of our previous program have done it successfully. We deeply encourage cross-cultural friendships!
The Summer School will consist of four courses, covering the legal-political outline of the constitutional system of the United States, American economic thought, U.S. foreign affairs and international relations, and the political-philosophical ideas that paved the ground for the foundation of the American state and nation.
1️⃣ American Constitutional Law
Instructor: Prof. Susanna Frederick Fischer
(The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law)
2️⃣ Economics of the Free Society
Instructor: Dr. Karl-Friedrich Israel
(Institute of Economic Policy, Leipzig University)
3️⃣ U.S. Foreign Affairs and International Relations
Instructor: Prof. David Jones (University of Warsaw)
4️⃣ American Social and Political Philosophy
Instructor: Luke Bartosik, LL.M.
(President of CFAS)
5️⃣ Special Guest: Patrick Higgins, M.A. (University of Lodz)
📣 Social Events
Our Summer School is not only learning but also about developing cross-cultural relationships with other participants!
During the 2019 edition, our participants visited restaurants, clubs, and pubs in Poznan, played pool, and did a city sightseeing tour. We plan to have even more activities in 2020!


📕 Student Conference 📕
On Sunday, August 30th, we will host a student conference on American Law, Philosophy, Politics & Economy | Intl’s Conference. Your participation in it is voluntary, but there is a discount for all Summer School participants. Check out the conference Facebook event to learn more about it!


•July 1, 2020 – final deadline for submitting your application
(keep in mind we will be admitting participants on a rolling basis so do not wait until last minute! We advise applying as soon as possible since the number of participants we can admit is limited due to logistical reasons)
• July 3, 2020 – final notifications as to whether your application has been accepted
• July 5, 2020 – final deadline for the Summer School fee (for those accepted earlier, there will be a seperate deadline)
• August 16-29, 2020 – the Summer School (you have to be present on August 16 and stay until August 29, including Saturday)
🔈ROLLING BASIS ACCEPTANCE – what does it mean?
Addmitting applicants on a rolling basis means that you have the possibility of receiving an acceptance letter to participate in the Summer School BEFORE July 3, 2020. This is especially important if you want to book your flight in advance and/or need to get a visa.
If we do not get back to you in 2 weeks since the date of the submission of your application, it means that you are put on the reserve list and will receive a notification as to the status of your application before or on July 3, 2020. Nevertheless, we usually review applications within a week (and that’s when you can expect an answer).
If you want to know more about the Center For American Studies go to our website:
If you have any questions regarding the Summer School, please send us a message on Facebook or send us an e-mail at
We are looking forward to receiving your application.
See you in Poznań!
Deadline extension: Given the current situation in Europe and your numerous requests, we have decided to extend the deadline for your applications until July 1st, 2020.
Scholarships: Given the current economic situation, we have decided to provide selected participants with OVER 30 FULL or PARTIAL CFAS Scholarships (in the form of summer school fee refunds given during the Summer School). In order to get the scholarship, send us your application documents (CV and cover letter) as well as the Scholarship Statement (300-500 words) stating why you think you should get the Scholarship. (Applicants who have already applied to the Summer School are also eligible to apply for these scholarships).
We have only a few spots left. Apply now to secure your spot!*
*We want you to remain risk-free. Hence, we will provide refunds if we – the Center For American Studies – cancel the summer school (which is unlikely, but the final decision will be made by July 25th, 2020) for reasons associated with the coronavirus (closed borders, prohibitions of larger gatherings). We also suggest that you (1) book only those hotels/hostels which have full-refund, zero cancellation-fee policies, and (2) hold off with buying plane tickets until July.
This project was financed, in part, with funding from the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, Poland. The views and opinions expressed herein should be understood to be solely those of the author(s).

Dear CFAS Summer School Applicants,

We hope you are doing well during these crazy times.

We have received several messages about the status of the 2020 edition of the Summer School in the Foundations in Democracy: American Law, Politics & Economy. Our answer is: it will take place as planned.

The Polish government authorities have taken early effective measure aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19. Both the Polish government authorities and public health officials announced that we are supposed to experience the coronavirus peak mid-May and that they expect the situation to considerably improve by June-July.

All of our teachers have again confirmed their arrival to Poznań in August. The readings will be soon available on our Google Drive.
Our teachers are eager to meet you here and we are already planning social activities so we hope to see you in Poznań!

CFAS Staff

In a Nutshell

Date: 16-29 August 2020
Place: Poznań, Poland
Cost: 249 (early bird) or 299 euros
Final deadline for application: 1 July 2020

If you have any questions contact us at:

Course Instructors

Prof. Susanna Frederick Fischer
(Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law)

Dr. Karl-Friedrich Israel
(Leipzig University)

Prof. David Jones (University of Warsaw)

Luke Bartosik, LL.M.
(The Catholic University of America/AMU in Poznan)

Patrick Higgins, M.A. (University of Lodz)


Embassy of the United States of America

Adam Mickiewicz University Poznań


Commissioner for Human Rights

Faculty of Law and Administration

Warsaw Institute