Events Archive

February 6, 2008
Presented by the Office of Professional Development
International Careers for U.S. Law Students

Speaker: Professor DELAINE R. SWENSON
Time: 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Location: Room 271
Contact: For more information contact Assistant Dean Thompson at

The Center for International and Comparative Law cordially invites all students, faculty and staff to hear two distinguished visiting scholars from Poland. They will speak on Wednesday, February 6 from 12:40 pm to 1:30 pm in room 271. The topic of their presentation is "Law as an Instrument Uniting Europe: from the Roman Empire to the European Union . " Immediately following that presentation at 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm, Delaine Swenson, an American lawyer with a long career working internationally, will speak to students about “International Careers for U.S. Law Students.”

Rev. Prof. dr hab. ANTONI DEBINSKI - graduate of Theology Faculty (Master of Sacred Theology) and Law Faculty (Master and Licentiate degree in Canon Law - J.C.L.) of the Catholic University of Lublin. In 1989 he completed doctoral studies in Roman law, defending his thesis “Criminal law regulations of the Roman Christian Emperors in religious matters”. His habilitation degree was awarded in 1996 based on the book “Sacrilege in Roman Law”. He was a research fellow at the Polish Institute in Paris, Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. He serves as Editor-in-Chief of the journal “Studia Prawnicze KUL” (KUL Legal Studies). His current research is focused on Roman criminal law, influence of Roman law on the medieval canon law, reception of Roman law in contemporary Europe. Author of numerous publications in the field of Roman law. Since 2004 he has served as a Dean of the Faculty of Law at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin.

DR TOMASZ SIENIOW - Graduate of Faculty of Law at the Catholic University of Lublin (Magister Prawa (Masters of Law) - 1997) and Chicago-Kent College of Law (LLM) in International and Comparative Law – 2000). Holds Ph.D. in law from Catholic University of Lublin (2003) on the dissertation topic of “Exhaustion of Patent Rights – Comparative Study”. Tempus Exchange Student (1996) and Visiting Research Fellow (2002) at the Katholieke Universitait Leuven. Since 1998 employed in the Department of European Union Law, first as an Assistant and then (2005) Associate Professor. Teaches European Law, Refugee Law and Introduction to American Legal System. Deputy Director of the Center for American Law (2000-2004). Coordinator of the Summer School of Human Rights and European Law (2001-2003). Coordinator of RefugeeSection of KUL Legal Clinic (2004 – present). Professional Experience: Staff Attorney for American Bar Association – Central and East European Law Initiative (1997-1999), Reporter of Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (1997-1998), Observer for International Commission of Jurists (1997), Assistant Director of Project Poland at Chicago Kent College of Law (1999-2000), President of the Board of the Rule of Law Institute (2001-present).

Professor DELAINE R. SWENSON is Director and founder of the Center for Advancing Legal Skills, and a law professor in the Chair of American and Comparative Law at John Paul II Catholic University in Lublin, Poland. He graduated from Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington where he received a double degree (B.A.) in History/Political Science and Theatre Arts. He received his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree from the National Law Center of George Washington University in Washington D.C in 1990. He worked for over 10 years as a trial attorney in the United States specializing in taking criminal and civil cases to court, with an emphasis on jury trials. In 1994 he was recognized as the outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year for the State of Washington.

From 1997-99 he worked as the Rule of Law/Criminal Law Liaison for the American Bar Association’s Central Europe and Eurasia Law Initiative (CEELI) legal reform program in Poland. As liaison he worked closely with Iustitia, the Polish Judges Association, the Ministry of Justice and lawyers groups on legal reform and judicial training and was a founder of Catholic University’s Center for American Law. From 1999 to 2002 Professor Swenson managed CEELI’s legal reform programs in the five Central Asian Republics of Kazakhstan, Krygzystan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. As Regional Director he was administrative and programmatic manager of a multi-million dollar legal reform assistance program with 10 offices in five countries.

In 2002 he was a Senior Scholar with the United States Fulbright Program in Poland. He is a founder and Council Member of the Polish Rule of Law Institute Foundation. He continues to work on legal reform projects, and has consulted on projects for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the United Nations, USAID and the State Department. He is presently involved as an expert and trainer in a State Department funded Model Courthouse project run by Indiana University in China and a legal reform project with Freedom House in Kyrgyzstan.

Professor Swenson has provided training on adult education methods, trial advocacy, human rights, court and judicial reform in the United States, Central and Eastern Europe, Asia, and the Newly Independent States of the former Soviet Union.