LL.M in Human Rights and International Dispute Resolution
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LL.M in Human Rights and International Dispute Resolution
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The increasing importance of human rights, their progressive internationalization and, at the same time, an increasingly diversified catalog of their sources necessitate the search for new and adequate methods of researching this issue. All this means that in order to understand the role of human rights today and what their proper content is, an innovative and interdisciplinary approach to the subject is necessary. The curriculum offered by Collegium Intermarium is a unique and comprehensive course of the international human rights system, the aim of which is not so much to learn about its content itself, but the dynamics of processes influencing its shape and application, as well as ways of engaging in the discussion that shapes it.
The study program includes:
-Theoretical and philosophical foundations of the human rights system.
-Sources of the current human rights system and soft law.
-Human rights in the substantive and comparative perspective – human rights and: international criminal law, prosecution and prevention of crimes against humanity, constitutional systems of intermarium countries, anti-discrimination law, family law, digital security, corporate compliance.
-Advocacy workshops, enabling students to acquire the ability to actively engage in activities for the protection of human rights.
Name of course
|S||T / P||Number of hours||ECTS|
|1||Theory and Philosophy of Human Rights||I-II||T||15||15||90||4|
|2||Philosophy of the Law of Nations||I-II||T||15||15||90||4|
|3||Human Rights within the International Legal Order – Introduction to Substantive Law||I-II||P||30||30||180||8|
|4||History of International Human Rights Protection||I||T||15||15||90||4|
|5||European and International Organizations||I||T||15||15||90||4|
|6||United Nations Human Rights system||I||P||15||15||90||4|
|7||Human Rights and International Crime||II||P||15||15||90||4|
|8||International and European Anti-Discrimination Law||II||P||15||15||90||4|
|9||EU External Relations Law||II||P||–||15||90||2|
|10||Human Rights in the Constitutional Orders of the Intermarium States||III||T||15||15||90||4|
|11||International Humanitarian Law||III||T||15||15||90||4|
|12||Human Rights Advocacy and Legal Writing||III-IV||P||–||60||180||8|
|14||Introduction to International Dispute Settlement||III-IV||P||–||15||90||2|
|15||Human Rights Advocacy and Legal Writing||IV||P||15||15||90||4|
1. International Family Law
2. Human Rights and Corporate Compliance
3. Patient’s Rights and Human Rights System
 S = semester.
 T = theoretical classes, P = practical classes.
 LEC = lectures.
 TUT = tutorials.
 PRIV = private study.
- Applications of candidates for postgraduate studies are accepted only through online registration, using the electronic recruitment system available at www.collegiumintermarium.org.
- Communication with the applicant takes place through the electronic admissions system.
- As an auxiliary means of communication with the candidate, remote communication via email or phone may be used.
- The formal conditions for admitting a candidate to the recruitment procedure are:
1) registration in the electronic recruitment system and
2) payment of the enrollment fee.
- Candidates for postgraduate studies must submit the following documents:
1) personal questionnaire printed out from the electronic recruitment system, hand-signed by the candidate;
2) application for admission to postgraduate studies, printed out from the electronic admissions system, hand-signed by the candidate;
3) signed contract for the provision of educational services to participants of postgraduate studies in two counterparts, according to the template published on the website of the University;
4) a photocopy of the university diploma (at least first degree), certified with the clause: “I hereby certify that this is a true copy of the original document” and the candidate’s handwritten signature;
5)proof of payment of the enrollment fee.
- The documents listed above shall be submitted in person at the University or sent by mail to the University address.
Dr. John Laughland
Dr. John Laughland is a lecturer in political science and history at ICES, the Catholic Institute of the Vendée, in Western France, where he teaches course on political philosophy and international law. He is the author of several books including ‘A History of Political Trials from Charles I to Charles Taylor’ (2nd edition 2016) and ’The Tainted Source: The Undemocratic Origins of the European Idea’ (translated into Polish and published by Antyk in 2003: Zatrute źródła Unii Europejskiej). He previously worked at the European Parliament and, before that, was for ten years the director of studies at the Institute of Democracy and Cooperation in Paris, where he lives.
Prof. dr András Lánczi
University professor, Rector of Corvinus University of Budapest from 2016 to 2021.
Since 1991 he has been a lecturer and from 2002 to 2016, the director of the Institute of Political Science of the University of Economics. His field of education and research is political philosophy, with particular focus on the analysis of the relationship between political knowledge and political action. He is particularly interested in the historical discussion of fundamental questions of faith and rationality. He is mainly influenced by the philosophical work of Leo Strauss and Eric Voegelin. He has scholarly connections with the Eric Voegelin Institute (Louisiana State University), where he was researcher in the Fulbright Fellowship Programme, with Michigan State University, where he worked with Strauss students, and the Liberty Fund, which influenced his knowledge and outlook for three decades.
He is a well-known member of the European Conservative Cultural Movement as well as Chairman and co-founder of the Advisory Board of the Dutch Foundation Center for European Renewal.
He is the author, editor, and translator of many books which he has been publishing since 1986. Recent stand-alone volumes: Debate of antiques and moderns. Late remarks to Pascal (2019), Political Realism and Wisdom (2015), Political Knowledge (2012), The Legacy of Fate (2009), 20th Century Political Philosophy (2007), Utopia as a Tradition (2005).
Andreas Kinneging, Ph.D.
Prof. Kinneging was educated at the Catholic University of Nijmegen (MA in political philosophy), and at the University of Leiden, where he received his doctorate in law. His academic interests lie in the fields of political, legal and moral philosophy, metaphysics and theology. He specializes in modern, medieval, and ancient philosophy.
Dr Francis J. Beckwith, prof. CI
Professor of Philosophy and Church-State Studies, Affiliate Professor of Political Science, and Associate Director of the Graduate Program in Philosophy at Baylor University (USA). A graduate of Fordham University (PhD, MA in philosophy) and the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis (Master of Juridical Studies), he is a lecturer and author in the areas of religion and the law, jurisprudence, political and moral philosophy, and philosophy of religion. He has published over 100 academic articles, book chapters, and reference entries as well as over one dozen books including Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and Taking Rites Seriously: Law, Politics, and the Reasonableness of Faith (Cambridge University of Press, 2015), winner of the American Academy of Religion’s 2016 Book Award  for Excellence in the Study of Religion in the category of Constructive-Reflective Studies.
Stephen Baskerville, Ph.D.
Full Professor, Head of Department of State Studies
He is Research Fellow at the Howard Center for Family, Religion, and Society and the Independent Institute and former Professor of Government at Patrick Henry College. He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and has held regular appointments at Howard University (1987-1992, 1997-2005) and Palacky University in the Czech Republic (1992-1997), plus Fulbright Scholarships. He writes on comparative and international politics and on political ideologies with an emphasis on radical religious movements and sexuality. He is the author of The New Politics of Sex: The Sexual Revolution, Civil Liberties, and the Growth of Governmental Power (Angelico, 2017), and Taken Into Custody: The War against Fathers, Marriage, and the Family(Cumberland House, 2007). His other books include Not Peace But a Sword: The Political Theology of the English Revolution (Routledge, 1993; full expanded edition, Wipf & Stock, 2018).
Baskerville is widely recognized as a leading authority on fatherhood, family policy, and sexual politics, and his writings have appeared in leading national and international publications, both popular and scholarly: the Washington Post, Washington Times, Independent Review, Salisbury Review, Society, The American Conservative, Chronicles, Political Science and Politics, Touchstone, Human Events, Women's Quarterly, Catholic World Report, Crisis, Insight, World Net Daily, Whistleblower, The Family in America, Family Policy Review, American Spectator, The Spectator, The American Enterprise, National Review, Liberty, the Sunday Independent, LewRockwell.com, The New Presence, MovieGuide.com, and others. His work has also been published by major public policy “think tanks,” including the National Center for Policy Analysis, Institute for Policy Innovation, Howard Center for Family, Religion, and Society, and the Heartland Institute.
He has appeared on national and international radio and television programs, including The O’Reilly Factor, Hardball with Chris Matthews, The Dennis Prager Show, The Michael Medved Show, CNN, Court TV, Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg, Extension 720 with Milt Rosenberg, Janet Parshall’s America, the Albert Mohler Radio Program, and others.
He has been featured in profiles and write-ups in Human Events, Reason magazine, the Gannett newspapers, Men’s News Daily, Fathering Magazine, the Washington Times, Townhall.com, the Ottawa Citizen, the Royal Gazette (Bermuda), El Visitante (Puerto Rico), and elsewhere.
He is an adviser to the Men’s Health Network and serves on the board of affiliates of Gendercide Watch, a human rights organization that monitors gender-specific atrocities. He has served as managing editor for the International Journal for Religious Freedom.
A complete list of his publications is available here.
Angela Gandra, Ph.D.
Law Degree - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Ph.D.: Philosophy of Law, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). Visitor Researcher Harvard University. Degree Advanced Management Program (AMP-IESE/University of Navarre). Ex-Partner at Advocacia Gandra Martins. Professor at CEU LAW SCHOOL (Ethics and Legal Anthropology). Professor of Tax Law at University Mackenzie (postgraduate). Member of the Brazilian Academy of Philosophy. President of the Ives Gandra Institute of Law, Philosophy and Economics. National Secretary of the Family at the Ministry of Women, Family and Human Rights in Brazil.
Grégor Puppinck, Ph.D.
Director of the European Centre for Law and Justice (ECLJ).
In 2016, he was appointed member of the Panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief of the OSCE/ODIHR, whose role is to support OSCE participating States in implementing their commitments on the right to freedom of religion and conscience.
Since 2000, he regularly serves as an expert representing the Holy See in committees of the Council of Europe, currently in the Committee of experts on the System of the European Convention on Human Rights (DH-SYSC), under the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH).
Between 2003 and 2012, Grégor Puppinck has given lectures on human rights as well as international and constitutional law at the Law Schools of the University of Mulhouse and University of Strasbourg.
He is the author of several books and numerous legal articles published in several languages.
Michaela Moravčíková, Th.D.
obtained her Th.D. and ThLic. degree at Palacký University in Olomouc (Czech Republic) and MA at Prešov University in Prešov (Slovak Republic) and she studied interdisciplinary at the Faculty of Law in Pavel Jozef Šafárik in Košice (Slovak Republic). She is a researcher and lecturer at the Law Faculty in Trnava University (Slovak Republic), director of the Institute for Legal Aspects of Religious Freedom. In her research, she focuses on issues of religious freedom, the relationship of society and religion, the relationship of the State and churches and religious societies and State neutrality. She has had several works published and is dedicated to the issues of law and religion, natural rights, conscientious objection, contractual relations between state and churches, religious freedom, the position of churches in society including their economic support, and matters of multiculturalism and human rights. She is an author of the following monographs: Human Rights, Culture and Religion; Church and Human Rigts; Caesar's to Caesar - Economic Support of Churches and Religious Societies, and more than two hundred other works. She leads one national scientific project: International legal obligations of the Slovak Republic in the field of financing of Catholic Church (2021-2024). Currently she is a member of research teams of two national scientific projects: Penetration of labor law into other sectors of private law (and vice versa) and Constitution of a liberal democratic State and radicalization of political culture.
Jane F. Adolphe, Ph.D.
J.C.D., Canon Law, 2001, Pontificia Università della Santa Croce, Rome, Italy
J.C.L., Canon Law, 1997, Pontificia Università della Santa Croce, Rome, Italy
LL.B/B.C.L, 1990, Common Law & Civil law degrees, University of McGill, Montreal, Canada
B.A, 1985, Political Science major, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
Areas of Expertise
Professor Adolphe has taught Canon Law, Criminal Law, Family Law, International Family Law, International Human Rights, International Law, and International Law and the Holy See.
Dr. Jane Adolphe is called to practice law in the State of New York, USA and Province of Alberta, Canada with degrees in civil law (LL.B/B.C.L) and canon law (J.C.L/J.C.D). As a Professor of Law at Ave Maria School of Law (AMSL), in Naples, Florida (2001 – present), with an expertise in international human rights law, from 2003 she worked for the Holy See (Pope), Secretariat of State, Section for Relations for States, first as an outside legal advisor for Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI, then in 2011, during the final years of Pope Benedict VI’s papacy, as an inside expert on international human rights issues within the United Nations System in Vatican City State, and continued into the papacy of Pope Francis, until her resignation in 2020.
While working for the Holy See, in her capacity as Professor of Law, Adolphe established the International Center on Law, Life, Faith and Family (ICOLF), in 2014, as a forum for Catholic jurists guided by the Holy See’s Charter on the Rights of the Family. It was renamed the International Catholic Jurists Forum (ICJF), in 2021. Under the auspices of this forum, Adolphe has organized multiple international conferences on topics of relevance for the Holy See, some of which have resulted in the publication of books that she has co-edited: Clerical Sexual Misconduct: An Interdisciplinary Analysis (Cluny: 2020); Equality and Non-discrimination: Catholic Roots, Current Challenges (Pickwick: 2019); The Persecution of Christians in the Middle East: Prevention, Prohibition, Prosecution (Angelico Press: 2018).
Another notable book co-edited by Adolphe is St. Paul, the Natural Law and Contemporary Legal Theory (Lexington: 2012). A dialogue between theologians at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, in Detroit, Michigan, and law professors at AMSL, it was the outcome document of a speaking series organized by Adolphe and Dr. Robert Fastiggi during the “Year of St. Paul”, declared by Pope Benedict XVI. The book responds to a specific request for a conference on the natural law made by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith (as Pope Benedict XVI then was) to AMSL President and Dean, at the time, Bernard Dobranski.
Adolphe was awarded the top 20 persons (6th) of 2020 by Inside the Vatican Magazine for her courage and determination. She was described as a “tireless advocate for victims of abuse and persecution,” and was also profiled as a guest on the Series: Where are they now?” regarding her athletic career with the University of Calgary Dinos basketball team, her career as a law professor, and work with the Pope. She recently appeared on EWTN live with Father Mitch Pacwa to speak about “Catholic thought and Human Rights.” Most recently, Adolphe together with Elizabeth Westhoff of AMSL prepared a series of videos under the auspices of the ICJF to help launch the Global Call to Prayer for China Campaign organized by a coalition of lay Catholics and Christians from around the globe.
She began her legal career clerking with the Court of Appeal and Queens Bench in Calgary, Alberta, and the law firm Bennett Jones Verchere, then prosecuted criminal cases for the Alberta Crown Prosecutor’s Office, and later worked as a legal consultant to a law firm in Rome, and to non-governmental organizations lobbying at United Nations’ conferences, before participating as a member of various delegations of the Holy See at international meetings.
Her doctoral thesis in canon law is entitled: A Light to the Nations: The Holy See and the International Convention on the Rights of the Child. She has published numerous articles on international human rights and the Holy See, and holds a Bachelor of Arts and four law degrees: licentiate and doctorate in canon law (J.C.L/J.C.D) from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, in Rome, Italy; common law (LL.B), and civil law (B.C.L.) from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Adolphe also holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Calgary.
Professional Membership or Consultant
Member, State Bar of New York, USA
Member, Bar of Alberta, Canada
Director, International Catholic Jurists Forum
Senior Advisor, Global Liberty Alliance
Board of Advisors, International Solidarity and Human Rights Institute
International Advisory Board, Campion College (Australia)
Honors and Professional Affiliations
Top 20 persons (6th) of 2020 by Inside the Vatican Magazine
Jimmie Condon Scholarship, three-time winner, University of Calgary
Numerous tournament and conference all-star awards for athletic achievement in basketball, University of Calgary
Alberta Provincial Basketball Team
All Canadian Basketball Team (1985)
City of Calgary Booster Club Award (1985)
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Marcin Olszówka, Ph.D.
Ph.D. in Law, Director of the Constitutional and Administrative Law Department at the Government Legislation Center. His academic interests include religious law, constitutional law, and bioethics. Author of several dozen scientific publications, including several monographs, articles in high-scoring scientific journals and a co-author of a commentary to the Constitution of the Republic of Poland, published by C.H. Beck Publisher.
Ligia Castaldi, LL.M.
LL.M., 2004, Harvard Law School
LL.M. in International Law and the Law of International Organizations, 2001, University of Groningen
Lic. en C. J. y Soc., 1999, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras
Areas of Expertise
Bioethics, International Law, International Human Rights Law
Ligia De Jesús Castaldi is Professor of Law at Ave Maria School of Law. Her scholarship focuses on prenatal rights in international human rights law, particularly, in Latin America and the Caribbean. Courses taught by her include International Law, Family Law and Protection of Human Life in Law and Public Policy.
Before joining Ave Maria School of Law faculty, Professor Castaldi worked for several international and governmental human rights agencies, including UNICEF’s regional office for Latin America and the Caribbean and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. She was also a legal advisor to the National Congress of Honduras on human life and family issues.
Professor Castaldi is a board member of the International Solidarity and Human Rights Institute (ISHRI). She received LL.M. degrees from the University of Groningen and Harvard Law School.
Key Works: works.bepress.com/ligia_dejesus/
Director of Legal Studies at the Center for Family and Human Rights (C-Fam). Stefano Gennarini is a lawyer specializing in law and international politics. Since 2012, he has been representing C-Fam at the UN General Assembly and ECOSOC. Reports on this activity are published in the weekly "Friday Fax", the flagship C-Fam publishing house. He has also published in such titles as "First Things", "Breitbart", "CQ Researcher" and "National Catholic Register". He has given interviews for the “New York Times”, “Associated Press”, “Washinton Times”, “Washington Post”, “National Catholic Register”, NPR and Relevant Radio. Stefano Gennarini earned his Juris Doctor from Notre Dame Law School and was a Blackstone Legal Fellow in 2009. He had lived in the United States, Great Britain, Italy, Nigeria and the Caribbean. He is fluent in Italian and Spanish.
Att. Tymoteusz Zych, Ph.D.
PhD in Law, attorney in law, university lecturer. Vice President of the Confederation of Non-Governmental Initiatives of the Republic of Poland, an independent organization representing the civil society.
He defended his doctoral dissertation at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw where he previously obtained his master’s degree. A graduate of the Intercollegiate Individual Humanistic Studies in the Artes Liberales Academy at the University of Warsaw and the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. His book W poszukiwaniu pewności prawa: precedens a przewidywalność orzeczeń sądowych w tradycji prawa anglosaskiego [In search of legal certainty: precendent and predictability of judgements in the common law tradition] (Toruń, 2017) was awarded by the Foundation for Polish Science.
Dr Zych serves as an expert in advisory bodies consulting on many areas of public policy, including human rights, the justice system, and the civil society. Former member of consultative councils operating in the Ministry of Justice and a former consultant to the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology.
Att. Jerzy Kwaśniewski
Chairman of the Board of Trustees
President of the Board and co-founder of the Ordo Iuris Institute, Chairman of the Foundation Council. Attorney at law and managing partner of Parchimowicz & Kwaśniewski law firm (founded in 2008). Graduate of the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw, scholarship holder at the University of Copenhagen, completed courses organized by the Ethics and Culture Center of the University of Notre Dame and Catholic University of Leuven. He has many years of experience in civil and criminal proceedings in the field of protection of civil rights and freedoms, family rights, and children's rights. In his legal practice he advises national and international associations, foundations, ventures, and membership organizations. Until 2017, he was the president of the Polish Wine Council. He represents citizens and civil society organizations in many precedent-setting cases before national and international courts and tribunals. He regularly participates in consultations organized by various international bodies such as the Venice Commission and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights. He was appointed to advisory boards of four ministers of justice. Member and Secretary of the Governmental Monitoring Team Against Family Violence of the 3rd and 4th term since 2017. In March 2019, he was appointed by the Polish Bishops' Conference to the Council of the Bona Fama Foundation. Member of the International Association of Genocide Scholars (since 2017), the International Bar Association (including the Litigation Committee, the Arbitration Committee, the War Crimes Commission) and the IBA Human Rights Institute. Regularly cited as one of the most influential Polish lawyers. Ranked by "Politico" as one of the "28 most powerful people in Europe in 2021".
Dr. Joanna Siekiera
Dr. Joanna Siekiera is an international lawyer, Doctor of Social Sciences in public policy sciences from Poland. She currently works at the Faculty of Law, the University of Bergen in Norway on the legal consequences of ocean change and sovereignty of states in Oceania, as well as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in legal matters at the NATO Stability Policing Centre of Excellence in Vicenza, Italy.
Dr. Siekiera did her Ph.D. studies in New Zealand, at the Faculty of Law, Victoria University of Wellington on the topic of Pacific regionalism. She completed internships i.a. in the Polish diplomatic missions, the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy in Germany, the School of Humanitarian Law in Russia, the United Nations CIMIC Training School, the French Institute of International and Strategic Affairs, and NATO. She is the author of over 100 scientific publications in several languages, a book (“Regional policy in the South Pacific”), and a co-author of 6 monographs on international relations.
Her area of expertise is the South Pacific region, science diplomacy (ocean diplomacy), and the law of armed conflict (legal advising, NATO legal framework, Central Europe, security in the South Pacific, gender in armed conflict).