sustainability

OKSPO

Coordination Center for Foreign Law Schools

Jagiellonian University in Kraków

sustainability

Who are we?

OKSPO | FACULTY OF LAW AND ADMINISTRATION | JAGIELLONIAN UNIVERSITY

The aim of OKSPO (Ośrodek Koordynacyjny Szkół Praw Obcych) is to internationalize university cooperation, research foreign legal systems and provide high quality didactics. This unique unit was founded in 2000 by Prof. Fryderyk Zoll and later governed by Prof. Krzysztof Wojtyczek (2010-2012) and Prof. Krzysztof Oplustil (2012-2018). Since 2018, OKSPO is led by Prof. Piotr Szwedo.

Faculty of Law and Administration was one of the first units of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków – it has played a major part in JU’s academic activities since its establishment in 1364. It is consistently praised for its top quality of research and didactics.

Founded in 1364, the Jagiellonian University is the oldest and most prestigious university in Poland, as well as one of the oldest universities in Europe. It remains the best university in Poland, with numerous achievements of both students and researchers.  Nearly 40 000 students, over 2 600 academics, more than 150 degree courses, and 16 faculties – the Jagiellonian University is a perfect place for interdisciplinary research.

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Why law & sustainability?

THE GLACIERS ARE MELTING... BUT THERE IS MUCH MORE TO IT THAN THAT.

WHILE WE PERCEIVE LAW AS A REGULATORY TOOL AIMED AT TODAY’S CHALLENGES, IT SERVES AN INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE PROCESS OF PLANNING THE FUTURE.

This function is crucial in the context of globalisation, evolution of societies and rapid technological progress. Given that many of the threats of tomorrow will be novel and widespread, the lack of sufficient foresight has a massive impact on our society, influencing family life, employment, education, investments and many other areas of human activity, putting a strain on mental health and citizens’ trust in the State. Certainty and stability of law are indispensable in a precarious world, but the norms need to be responsive enough to accommodate changing needs and ensure an adequate balance of values. The abovementioned considerations are reflected in the notion of sustainability, which is visible in a number of concepts, most notably in the concept of sustainable development. These notions are not only keywords, but also indicators, guidelines or even steering and regulatory tools that seem to escape the traditional soft law – hard law dichotomy.

DIDACTICS

We coordinate numerous foreign law schools and programs, as well as courses, workshops, summer schools and lecture series. OKSPO has over 20 years of experience in effective education of law students, legal professionals, translators, and graduates of other disciplines.

COOPERATION

OKSPO is a hub for international cooperation, which extends well beyond our partner institutions. Invited lectures, research projects, conferences and other collaborative activities with participants from all around the world are the heart of our Center.

RESEARCH

High-quality research of modern interdependencies is closely linked to interdisciplinarity and internationalization. Exchange of facts, viewpoints and ideas has always been essential to OKSPO – we participate in various projects and publications.

Upcoming event

AN INTERDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE FOR YOUNG FRANCOPHONE RESEARCHERS

Other projects

SELECTED PROJECTS LINKED TO OKSPO, YEARS 2018-2020

We believe in cooperation

OUR ACTIONS CAN, SHOULD AND ARE CONDUCTED IN HARMONY WITH VALUABLE FRAMEWORKS

UNA Europa

is a prestigious alliance of 8 European universities, including the Jagiellonian University; it links research, education, and cooperation with the socio-economic environment. Sustainability is one of the main focus areas of the alliance. Prof. Szwedo, Head of OKSPO, is a representative of the Jagiellonian University in UNA Europa Sustainability Steering Committee.

Excellence Initiative at the Jagiellonian University

The Excellence Initiative in the Jagiellonian University is a strategic program aimed at amelioration of research, didactics, and academic cooperation with the socio-economic environment. It is based on the principle of 4xI: interdisciplinarity, internationalization, integration and innovation. The actions are undertaken mainly by Priority Research Areas. One of them is Anthropocene, focused on the causes, paths and consequences of global environmental changes. Prof. Szwedo is a member of the executive team of PRA Anthropocene.

Our foreign partners

We co-organize foreign law programs and numerous other initiatives with the following universities and research facilities: Catholic University of America, University of Heidelberg, University of Mainz, University of Orléans, University of Vienna, University of Ivan Franko in Lviv, Mohyla Academy in Kiev, National Universsity of Economics in Tarnopol, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Kobe University, East China University of Political Sciences and Law, University of Granada, University of Alicante.

Let’s stay in touch

If you are active in the sustainability field, we would love to hear from you! We are always open to collaboration with researchers from various fields and disciplines, as well as representatives of the socio-economic environment.

Bracka 12, room 205/206
31-005 Kraków
+48 12 4220908

https://okspo.wpia.uj.edu.pl

20th anniversary of OKSPO: okspo2021.eu 

© OKSPO 2021