Law, Political Science,Management
Host City – Krakow
Kraków is a city with county rights, located in southern Poland on the Vistula river, as the second largest city in Poland both with reard to the population and surface area. It is a former capital of Poland, Royal Capital City and necropolis of Polish kings, as well as the capital of Małopolska Region.
The city is located at a meeting point of several geographic regions: Sandomierz Basin, West-Beskidian Piedmont and Polish Jurassic Highland.
Today, Kraków is a modern and developing city and a melting pot where tradition of indigenous residents is mixed with student’s avant-garde. However, thanks to a great number of monuments, excellently preserved in the city’s layout, it has never lost its majestic character. Krakow is simply magical.
Kraków in numbers:
– surface: 326.8 sq. km
– population: 759 800
– population density: 2323 ppl/sq. km
– 4 administrative units: Śródmieście, Krowodrza, Podgórze, Nowa Huta – jointly divided into 18 districts
– highest point: Piłsudski Mound on Sowiniec – 383.6 m above sea level
– lowest point: Potok Kościelnicki estuary – 187 m above sea level
– tallest building: Cracovia Business Center 105 m
– longest street: Igołomska 9.5 km
– Jagiellonian University is the second oldest university in this part of Europe, established: 12th May 1364.
Conference Venue – The Jagiellonian University
The Jagiellonian University is the oldest higher education institution in Poland and one of the oldest in Europe. It was founded on 12 May 1364 by the Polish king Casimir the Great. The Jubilee year 2014 marked the 650th anniversary of this remarkable event. Since its very beginning, the Jagiellonian University has been an international institution. Poles, Ruthenians, Lithuanians, Hungarians, Germans, Czechs, the Swiss, the English, the Dutch, the French the Spanish, Italians, and even Tatars studied here in the old days.
Further development of the University has been inextricably bound with the turbulent and often tragic history of Poland. The institution managed to survive both the partitions of Poland by Russia, Prussia and Austria, and the two world wars, serving as a guardian of Polish culture and identity and educating successive generations of Poles, as well as members of other nations, significantly contributing to the intellectual heritage of Europe.
Some of the Jagiellonian University students and academics have been major historical figures, including world famous scholars, such as Nicolaus Copernicus or Karol Olszewski, as well as Karol Wojtyła, the future Pope John Paul II.
Today, the Jagiellonian University comprises 15 Faculties, where 4 thousand academic staff conduct research and provide education to almost 50 thousand students, within the framework of more than 80 different fields of study. The eminent researchers and state-of-the-art infrastructure make the JU one of the leading Polish scientific institutions, collaborating with major academic centres from all over the world. The Jagiellonian University is also home to about 150 student societies, where young researchers pursue their academic interests and develop friendships with people who share their passion.
Professor (titular professor) Michal Chorośnicki, PhD, has been the head of the Chair of Strategic International Relations from its formation in 2009, prior to that of the Department of Strategic International Relations (2002-2009). He is a lawyer by profession and obtained his Masters Degree at the Faculty of Law at the Jagiellonian University. He comes from the group of the first PhD graduates in political sciences open in the Institute of Political Sciences at the Jagiellonian University.
His scientific interest have ranged from problems in African nations and other non-aligned states (PhD thesis in: “The Activities on Nonaligned States – the Role and Meaning of African States”) to the military politics of European nations.
In summer 1973 he took part in an internship at the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London. During his long stay in the USA (1978-1984), he was a scholar of the Ford Foundation and Professor employed by the Southern Connecticut State University, Nev Haven, CT and the Albertus Magnus College. At the same time, prof Chorośnicki was a part-time lecturer in the Concilium of Area Studies at Yale University. Within the Concilium, he took part in gathering data and publishing a book entitled “Arms and the Africans” developed in a team led by prof. Henry Binea, who was working on a research project which resulted in the publication of the book having the same title in 1984.
His academic journeys to the USA and his stay in numerous American educational institutions as a guest professor (he spent altogether over 6 years performing this function) culminated in publications on various aspects of US politics, particularly military politics. The most important book during that period was his thesis on political sciences and international relations entitled “The USA and Sub Saharian African Nations in the 1970’s”. The new edition of the book called “Non-commitment Movement in World Politics 1961-1992” was the continuation of this trend.
His scientific co-operation with American institutions led to changing the focal point of American politics and strategy on both a local and global scale. As a side trend from the mid 1980’s prof. Chorośnicki became interested in the phenomenon of terrorism, although not being his main sphere of research, it is an important part of his interests. Apart from various articles, prof. Chorośnicki wrote a book entitled “Terrorism-Analyses and Facts”. Actually it is a student’s handbook for classes on Legal and Political Aspects of International Terrorism.
In recent years, the interest in world and US strategy has led to the publication of a few items on strategic conditions of the processes of economic integration based on the NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) and US military politics. One of the successes was the National Polish Scientific Conference called New Strategies for a New Era- Limits and Possibilities of Regional Integration organized by his Chair.
Prof. Chorośnicki has many years of experience as a lecturer of International Public Law, and International Trade Law for students of Political Sciences and International Relations. He holds significant academic and research achievements gained during his numerous journeys abroad. He has promoted 18 PhD theses and has reviewed many other works.
Nowadays prof. Chorośnicki is a member of numerous scientific associations amongst others The London Institute of Strategic Studies, the Polish Society of Political Sciences and The Polish Academy of Learning (Faculty II in History and Philosophy, Committee of Warfare and Military History).