Guest Lecturers

Dr. Andrew Demczewski (26.10.2015)

Lecture on "Protection of Human Rights in Europe: the Parliamentary Dimension".

Dr. Andrew holds a Ph.D in International Law from the London School of Economics.He did postgraduate research at the Department of International Law at the University of Warsaw. In 1974 he received a Diploma of the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
He's been employed by the Council of Europe since 1985 where he is the Head of the Legal Affairs & Human Rights Department of the Parliamentary Assembly since 2005. 

Dr. Constantin Bakker (21.10.2015)

Lecture on "Does the freedom of expression includes the right to insult?". 

Constantijn Bakker works as a freelance lecturer. He is a regular guest of the law faculty in Montpellier, where he participates in the business law for master students program. In 2014 and 2015 Bakker did conferences at several universities on "the financial and democratic deficit within the EU". In the same year he also published an essay on this subject. A third edition of his book "European law, an introduction", which was published in 2014, is used at Dutch universities. The newest edition of this book discusses extensively the protection of human rights in Europe. 

Dr. Amanda Grzyb  (19.05.2015)

Lecture on "We have only one common enemy, and that is the Jew. British fascist antisemitism and Jewish resistance in the European context, 1932-39". 

Dr. Amanda Grzyb  (13.05.2015)

Panel discussion on  "Media Coverage of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide: Shaping Public Opinion, International Intervention, and the "Schindler Factor". 


Dr. Daniel Tilles  (22.04.2015)

Lecture on "We have only one common enemy, and that is the Jew. British fascist antisemitism and Jewish resistance in the European context, 1932-39". 

Daniel Tilles is a British historian and assistant professor at the Pedagogical University of Krakow. His new book, British Fascist Antisemitism and Jewish Responses, 1932-40, is published by Bloomsbury (2014), and he is co-editor of the volume Fascism and the Jews: Italy and Britain (Vallentine Michell, 2011).


Katarzyna Przybyslawska  (01.12.2014)

Lecture on "Current challenges of the European Asylum System"

Katarzyna Przybysławska – PhD in law (Jagiellonian University), with a specialty in human rights and refugee law. Co-founder and president of the Halina Nieć Legal Aid Center, a non-governmental organization (UNHCR partner)  devoted to protection of human rights by providing free legal aid to persons at risk of social exclusion and discrimination, including migrants, refugees, stateless and human trafficking victims.


Lavon Barshcheuski (07.11.2014)

Lecture on "Belarus and the "Russian World" ("RUSSKI MIR") today".

Lavon Barshcheuski is a Belarusian philologist, translator, writer, poet and politician, in 1990-1995, Member of the Supreme Council of the Byelorussian SSR / the Parliament of Belarus, 12th legislature; member of the BNF opposition, with anti-Communist and pro-independence origins. In 1996—99, 2007-2009 he acted as the Chairman of the BPF Party.

Lavon Barshcheuski is a writer, poet , translator and publicist. His first publications appeared in print in 1985 in the Byelorussian SSR . Since 1989 he belongs to the Union of Belarusian Writers. 

Thomas Fiast  (06.10.2014)

Professor of Transnational, Development and Migration Studies, Faculty of Sociology at the University of Bielefeld

Lecture on "The Transnational Social Question in an Age of Migration".

Thomas Faist is a  Professor of Transnational, Development and Migration Studies, Faculty of Sociology at the University of Bielefeld.  Among his recent publications: "Citizenship: Theory, Discourse and Transnational Prospects", with Peter Kivisto, Blackwell 2008), "Transnational Migration"  with Reisenauer Fauser (Cambridge, 2013)

Dr. Tatiana Fumasoli (08.09.2014)

Researcher at the Centre for Organizational Research (CORe) and at the Institute for Public Communication at University of Lugano.

Lecture on "Between excellence and relevance: the role of universities in the knowledge society"

Dr. Tatiana Fumasoli holds a PhD (2011) on strategy in higher education institutions from University of Lugano, Switzerland; member of the UACES Collaborative Research Network on the European Research Area (ERA). Her research focuses on institutional change within higher education. She uses theoretical perspectives from organizational studies, strategic management and public administration to look at transformation dynamics linking micro, meso and macro levels. Her interest lies on strategic agency of social actors and on its implications for the integration of the European and the national higher education systems, as well as for the functioning of universities. In the framework of the Flagship project, she is currently investigating personnel policies - in particular academic recruitment, and the influence of ERA policies and instruments in research management.

Dr. Mahama Tawat (13.05.2014)

Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Migration Studies and the Institute for European Studies

Lecture on: "The Challenges and Opportunities of Multiculturalism and Immigrant Integration Policymaking in Denmark and Sweden"

Dr. Mahama Tawat is a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Migration Studies and the Institute for European Studies. He was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Malmö Institute for the Study of Migration, Diversity and Welfare, Malmö University, Sweden and the European Centre for Minority Issues in Flensburg, Germany. He received a PhD in comparative public policy and administration from the University of Otago in New Zealand and postgraduate degrees from Stockholm, Malmö and Dalarna Universities in Sweden.

He specializes in migration policies in Scandinavia and public management reforms namely New Public Management, Good Governance and neo-Weberian bureaucracy in developed countries and the Global South. His lecture will focus on Danish and Swedish immigrant integration policies with a special reference to the impact of labour migrants from Galicia (former Eastern Poland and Western Ukraine) on policy developments between 1900 and 1920s.

Dr Dorota Dakowska (26.03.2014)

Assistant Professor in Political Science at the University of Strasbourg (Sciences Po)

Lecture on: "Constructing the European Higher Education and Research Area in a Global Context"

Dorota Dakowska is an Assistant Professor in Political Science at the University of Strasbourg (Sciences Po). She has published several articles in French and English in a variety of journals, as well as chapters in edited volumes on the EU Eastern Enlargement and transnational party cooperation. Her book on the German political foundations' involvement in the transitions occurring in Central and Eastern European is forthcoming (2014). She is also co-editor of a book about the communist past in Germany and Poland. Her current research project deals with the transformations of the Polish Higher Education and Research system after 1989 in the European context.

Mihai Alexandrescu, PhD (11.12.2013)

Faculty of History and Philosophy, Babes Bolyai University, Cluj Napoca (Romania)

Lecture on: "EU enlargement (2000-2004) and Romania's institutional framework in accession negotiations"

Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of History and Philosophy, Babes Bolyai University, Cluj Napoca (Romania). Director of the Center for European Dialogue and Cultural Diplomacy. He served as an adviser of the Romanian Minister for European Affairs. His academic interests include International Relations, European Affairs, EU Decision Making Process and Contemporary History.

Prof. João Carlos Espada (03.12.2013)

Director and founder (1996) of the Institute for Political Studies at the Catholic University of Portugal

Lecture on: "On the 20th Century in Poland and Europe: Some possible lessons for the 21st Century"

JOÃO CARLOS ESPADA is the director and founder (1996) of the Institute for Political Studies at the Catholic University of Portugal, where he is University professor of Political Studies. He was previously a tenured Research Fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences of the (state) University of Lisbon. Since January 2011, he holds the European Parliament / Bronislaw Geremek European Civilisation Chair at the College of Europe, campus of Natolin (Warsaw). He earned his D. Phil from the University of Oxford, under the supervision of [Lord] Ralf Dahrendorf, and he taught at Brown, Stanford and Georgetown Universities in the US. He is editor of the quarterly journal Nova Cidadania and president of the Portuguese section of the International Churchill Society/Churchill Centre. He has co-founded and is a member of the Board of Directors the European Partnership for Democracy, as well as a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Democracy, having been a founding member of World Movement for Democracy and member of the steering committee of the Council for a Community of Democracies. He has authored nine books and edited another ten in political theory, all in Portuguese and several in English.

Bartosz Lercel (15.10.2013)

Council of the European Union (Directorate of Foreign Affairs and Enlargement)

Lecture on:"The European Union: From Theory to Practice"

Bartosz Lercel is a policy advisor in the Council of the European Union (Directorate of Foreign Affairs and Enlargement). He is responsible for civil protection, humanitarian aid, consular cooperation and crisis coordination arrangements. Between 2004 and 2010 he served as a policy advisor for the Socialist and Democrats Group in the European Parliament where he focused on internal market, consumer protection and customs union. In 2003 he worked for Solidar - a federation of international NGOs specialising in EU social policy.

Prof. Norman Davies (28.05.2013)

Lecture on: "Majority and Minority Cultures: The Importance of Polish Studies Abroad"

Norman Davies, born in 1939 in Bolton (Lancashire) was educated at Bolton School, Magdalen College, Oxford, the University of Sussex and at several continental universities including Grenoble, Perugia and Kraków. A historian, a writer, an authority on Central and Eastern Europe, a music buff, a collector, a true Renaissance Man - Prof. Norman Davies is an outstanding academic respected worldwide for his many books about history. He is also an organiser and a participant of many initiatives and debates, often addressing the most critical questions affecting today's world.

Prof. Nona Fienberg (12.11.2012)

Keene State College

Lecture on: "Present! Reading Scenes of Instruction in Ghetto Testimony".

Nona Fienberg is a Professor of English at Keene State College in New Hampshire. At Keene, Prof. Fienberg was instrumental in the development of the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene, which now offers a B.A. in the subject. At the Cohen Center Prof. Fienberg teaches Literature of the Holocaust and her talk will reflect on this topic as well as the uses of scenes of teaching in literature of the Holocaust. During the lecture, Prof. Fienberg will focus on the works of Chava Rosenfarb, Hanna Krall, Bogdan Wojdowski and Julian Stryjkowski. 

Prof. Yvonne Galligan (12.10.2012)

Queen's University in Belfast

Inaugural Lecture on: "What Can Gender Contribute to EU Politics?"

The guest speaker is Professor Yvonne Galligan from the Queen's University in Belfast. She is the Director of the University's Gender Initiative, the Centre for the Advancement of Women in Politics, Research (Governance and Public Policy) as well as the MA Gender and Society programme. For a full resume, go to: .

Prof. Barbara Törnquist-Plewa (8.05.2012)

Lund University

Prof. Törnquist-Plewa is professor in East and Central European Studies since 2002 and director for the Centre for European Studies, Lund University, Sweden, since 2004. She specialized in cultural studies and contemporary history focusing on studies of identities, symbols, collective memory and nationalism. One of her recent book publications is the edited volume: "Cultural Transformations after Communism: Central and Eastern Europe in Focus", Lund: Nordic Academic Press 2011.Currently, she leads a large European network in memory studies called "In search for transnational memories" financed by EU.

Rebecca Henry (16.03.2012)

Deputy Chief Counsel of the Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence at the American Bar Association

Rebecca Henry, the Deputy Chief Counsel of the Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence at the American Bar Association. Ms. Henry spoke about domestic and sexual violence responses in the US, including successful practices of coordinated community response such as lethality assessment projects, family justice centers, and safety screening protocols.

Prof. Roy H. Ginsberg (3.10.2011)

Skidmore College

Inaugural lecture 2011 on:  "The European Union in Global Security: The Politics of Impact"

Roy H. Ginsberg is Professor of Government and founding director of the International Affairs program at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. Professor Ginsberg teaches international and comparative politics, United States foreign policy, and European integration at Skidmore College and has directed student participation in intercollegiate simulations of the United Nations, the European Union, and the North Atlantic Council.

Prof. Paul Levine (9.06.2011)

Hugo Valentin Centre, Uppsala University

Lecture on: When Paper & Telephone Calls Could Save Lives; Swedish Diplomacy in Budapest during the Last Year of the Holocaust"

Prof. Paul Levine, Associate Professor/Docent in Holocaust History at the Hugo Valentin Centre (formerly, The Uppsala Programme for Holocaust and Genocide Studies) Uppsala University.  

Prof. Ann Snitow (18.05.2011)

New School for Liberal Arts, New York

Lecture on: "Some Current Themes in Feminist Theory: Post-Humanism, The Queer, The Changing Locations of Feminism"

Prof. Ann Snitow, Director of the Gender Studies Program at the New School for liberal Arts (New York). PhD, Literature, University of London; BA, Summa Cum Laude, Cornell University. Research Interests: Feminism in East and Central Europe since 1989; Feminist theory/intellectual history of contemporary feminism; The persnoal essay.

Dr. Ákos Cseke (19.04.2011)

Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest, Hungary

Lecture on: "Hoc est enim corpus meum. Le concept chrétien du corps et la naissance de l'Europe médiévale"

Prof. Christopher Lord (20.01.2011)

ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo

Lecture on:"Elections, Parliament and Democracy in the European Union"

Professor Lord is based at the ARENA - Centre for European Studies at the University of Oslo and is a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe. His main fields of academic interest include the study of democracy, legitimacy and the European Union. He has done considerable research on questions of legitimacy, democracy and the European Union, and has published extensively on the topic. He has also worked on topics such as the history of British relations with the European Community, EU foreign policy, the political economy of the Monetary Union and political parties in the EU.

Dr Justyna Olko

Warsaw University (19.11.2010)

Lecture on: "The Ideology of Just War among Aztecs and Spaniards"

Dr Justyna Olko specialises in the history, anthropology and archaeology of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica. For ten years she has taught Nahuatl language. She currently teaches in the interdisciplinary "Artes Liberales" programme at the University of Warsaw.

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