International cooperation

The Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences (ILS PAS, Instytut Nauk Prawnych Polskiej Akademii Nauk – INP PAN) is one of the most prominent scientific research institutes of the Polish Academy of Sciences within the area of social sciences. The ILS – established in 1956 – has been also one of the leading scientific centers in the field of legal studies for over 60 years. The mission of the ILS PAS is to initiate, promote, conduct and coordinate the research concerning the theoretical and practical aspects of law in the context of dynamic changes in the contemporary world.

The ILS offers 3rd degree education. The doctoral studies at the ILS PAS are designed to offer to PhD candidates the highest knowledge and research skills, provided by our researchers.

The research activities of the scientific staff of the ILS PAS are undertaken and realised within the framework of international cooperation with recognised scientific centres in Europe and worldwide. The cooperation is effectuated:

  • in the framework of formalised cooperation: the ILS PAS is a member of three international multi-partner projects consortia and signatory of ten bilateral agreements. The Institute collaborates mostly with partners from European Union, such as Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Italy, Hungary, Bulgaria, Netherlands, France, Slovenia, Ireland, Germany, Spain, Romania, Croatia. There is one institutional cooperation with Taiwan.
  • in the framework of considerable number of non-institutionalised relations: based on the researchers’ interpersonal contacts and previous experience in field of joint research and mobility; such informal cooperation is realised with scientists from Finland, Greece, Switzerland, Ukraine, United States, Israel and Australia. The partners for cooperation are chosen according to the objective criterion of the scientific excellence of partner, as well as analysis of the common interests, potential benefits and effectiveness of collaboration on a long-term basis.

Institute of Law Studies holds Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE) since October 2019. In December 2020 the Institute of Law Studies has been awarded ECHE for 2021-2027.

Erasmus 2023

Prof. Sękowska-Kozłowska visited Åbo Akademi University in Turku, Finland – expanded her professional networks within the fields of international law and human rights. She gave her insights on current developments related to international human rights law, as well as share research on the implementation of these standards in Poland. Met leading Finnish experts in the field of international law, gender equality, and rights of persons with disabilities broaded the expertise of the teaching staff member. Possible joint funding applications will be discussed.

Prof. Młynarska-Sobaczewska visited Riga Graduate School of Law in Latvia – improved the qualifications, especially since the home institution does not offer systematic classes for students (only doctoral studies). For students of the host institution, It was an opportunity to learn about new research on the institutions of constitutional law and human rights and presentation methods that put classic institutions in a new light.

Dr M. M. Sadowski, visited Aberta University in Lisbon, Portugal – build up his teaching experience, he also was able to learn from the reactions of students in a different country as to how his research is perceived. In turn, the students were able to expand their knowledge on the matters of law and memory, learning about the dangers, as well as possibilities the legalisation of social perceptions of the past carries.

Prof. Celina Nowak visited Université Paris Nanterre, France – the mobility was a chance to exchange of knowledge and expertise within the fields of criminal law, European criminal law and protection of the financial interests of the European Union with leading Polish scholars in that field.

Mr Tomasz Kosicki visited Faculty of Law of the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia – the mobility was a unique opportunity to Present the structure of the judiciary in Poland, with particular emphasis on the system of common and administrative courts, as well as general aspects of administrative proceedings and the resolution of administrative disputes.

Conducting high-quality teaching by the scientific staff of the Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences allowed to expand the knowledge and experience of both foreign scientists and students to whom the classes were directed. In addition, the achievements of Polish legal doctrine on the issues discussed were presented, which had an impact on the promotion of Polish science abroad. The exchange of experiences and being in an international environment allowed to understand and promote European values and increased integration between scientists from different European Union member states. Classes on human rights increased the awareness of the local community of their rights and obligations as a citizen of countries.

Erasmus 2022

In April 2022 prof. Witold Klaus (Department of Criminology) and Aleksandra Gliszczyńska-Grabias, PhD (Center for Human Rights) visited Åbo Akademi University in Turku, Finland. During the visit the researchers from the ILS PAS conducted lectures and workshops for 80 students concerning Memory laws in International Law and Polish law and practice, vulnerability in international human rights law, case-law of the European Court of Human Rights in selected Polish cases, as well as two-way integration in Polish migration policy and Polish refugee and migration law in light of Poland’s international obligations in theory and practice.

In May 2022 prof. Karolina Wierczyńska (Department of International Law) visited Faculty of Law, University of Cologne, Germany. During the visit prof. Wierczyńska conducted lectures and workshops for 50 students concerning on the International Criminal Court, including its competence and cybersecurity, as well as issues connected with admissibility of situation/case before the ICC I the context of Ukraine.

Professors from the ILS PAS met leading experts in their fields of scientific interest, expanded their professional networks within the fields of international law and human rights. They discussed possibilities of joint funding applications.

Do you want to go on Erasmus? Write to us now!

1 step: Find a host institution, a partner who is interested in cooperating with you and our Institute, or contact the projects department for closer cooperation with current partners.

2 step: Apply for the program (the order of applications is decisive), in case there are more applicants than places, priority is given to employees who have not participated in the program before.

3 step: Together with the project department, prepare all the necessary documents needed for the trip, such as the Agreement between partners, the Agreement with the Institute, the Insurance Policy for the trip.

4 step: After the trip is over, fill out a questionnaire and provide a certificate from the host university confirming your stay.

At the Institute, we are implementing green solutions to achieve sustainable development goals. We have moved all procedures to the virtual world, both contracting between employees and the Institute and foreign partners is done electronically. We encourage participants to use green modes of transportation (so-called “green travel”), which also provides additional funding under the program. Green modes of transportation include travel: bus, train, bicycle, as well as carpooling (joint travel by people on the same route and for the same purpose, in the car of one of the co-passengers).