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“International law of sustainable development” is a course focused on interdisciplinary research on harmonisation of economic development with non-economic values.


Classes are conducted in form of a workshop combined with tutoring, in a small group of 10-20 students, by dr. hab. Piotr Szwedo, prof. UJ (Chair of international law) and Wojciech Bańczyk, M.A. (Chair of civil law).

At first, students get general knowledge regarding the notion of development and sustainable development from the perspective of legal studies (e.g. by analysis of United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals). The analysis shall extend on varied branches of law (e.g. international economic law, environmental protection law, law of social security, property and expropriation law) as well as non-legal perspectives of economy, geography, ethics. Secondly, students conduct their own research projects on a particular legal problem and present it either in form of conference presentation, or an essay.


The idea of the workshop evolved from “Colloquium Legale” developed together with professors of the University of Warsaw and other associated universities. The basic concept was to connect a seminar group discussing legal problems from the interdisciplinary perspective. This project ended in numerous international workshops, e.g.:

  • “Water, Food, Energy – Security”, Budapest, 23 April 2018
  • Legal Aspects of Water, Food, Energy Nexus”, Macerata, 6 April 2017
  • “Justiciability and injusticiability”, Vienna, 28 April 2016
  • “Interculturalism, religious freedom, political community”, Pamplona, 21 October 2015
  • “Legal subjectivity”, Bonn 29 April 2015






In academic year 2018/2019 a workshop “Sustainable development and other examples of harmonisation of economic development with non-economic values  - preparation to academic research” was taught.

During that course students developed their research e.g. during the meetings with tutors in groups of 3 students. Also, they participated in a two-day long seminar in Zakopane (14-15 November 2018), where they proceeded interesting discussions together with Prof. Richard Peltz-Steele, University of Massachusetts.





Students eventually prepared numerous interesting projects e.g.:

  • on obligatory vaccination and access of unvaccinated children to education
  • on social and economic aspects of Brexit
  • on social and economic aspects of migration to European Union countries
  • on civil law protection of right to clean air
  • on tax incentives to promote ecology
  • on legal aspects of genetic engineering
  • on role of intellectual property in ensuring food security
  • on law promoting zero-waste attitude
  • on legal instruments to reduce food waste
  • on polluter-pay principle
  • on attitude within Chinese diplomacy towards climate change
  • on legal difficulties in promoting technological development in Ghana.

Some students developed their research projects and presented it on an international conference “ Sustainable Development and Human Rights”, in which they joined international participants, including three ombudspersons (Prof. Gyula Bàndi, Hungary; Dr. Adam Bodnar, Poland; and Prof. Mária Patakyová, Slovakia) and two general consuls (Prof. Adrienne Körmendy, Hungary and Dr. Tomáš Kašaj, Slovakia).