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Collegium Intermarium: A new university connecting academics from Central Europe established in Poland

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The Ordo Iuris Institute, along with leading intellectuals and lawyers from Poland and abroad, established the Collegium Intermarium – a university that intends to forge the elites of the entire Central European Intermarium region, ready to defend their common values internationally. From October, classes and lectures will begin as part of the Law Studies Program, International LL.M., in the English language, addressing human rights issues, and many specialty postgraduate programs.

On May 28th, an international conference inaugurating the establishment of the university will be held, attended by eminent scientists, politicians, and social leaders from Central Europe and around the world. The invitation was accepted not only by the Polish Deputy Prime Minister, Prof. Piotr Gliński, Minister of Education and Science and Higher Education, Prof. Przemysław Czarnek, but also the former president and prime minister of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus, the Minister of Justice of Hungary, Judit Varga, a member of the British House of Lords, Lady Caroline Cox, the legal adviser to Pope John Paul II, Duchess Ingrid Detter de Lupis Frankopan, a longtime judge of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, Francisco Javier Borrego Borrego, and the author of the famous “The Benedict Option” – Rod Dreher.

“The enthusiasm with which our initiative has been received among outstanding intellectuals from all over the world shows how great the need is for a new academic project,” explain the authors of the project in one of their statements. “The potential of creating a center that would be an elite breeding ground for the Central European region was noticed long ago by George Soros, who invested hundreds of millions of dollars in the ‘Central European University.’ In this way, he educated a whole generation of left-wing intellectuals, politicians, and lawyers.”

For years, Ordo Iuris Institute lawyers have been defending scientists who are being censored and persecuted for taking the side of science and common sense against the dictatorship of extreme ideologies and political correctness. However, the project’s initiators realized that the scale of the ideological censorship of the academic debate is so large that it is not enough to represent its victims in disciplinary proceedings or court trials. That is why, as they explain, they decided to establish a university “that will always be open to real debate, an exchange of thoughts and search for the truth. It will become a space in which, without the threat of repression, it will be possible to develop living Christian thought and classical heritage, which are not only the past but also the future of Europe.”

At Collegium Intermarium, particular emphasis will be placed on the interdisciplinary and practical aspects of studies. The teaching process will rely on recognized attorneys and legal advisers, adjudicating and retired judges (including judges of the European Court of Human Rights, the Supreme Court, and the Supreme Administrative Court), parliamentarians and officials with an academic background, leaders of local and foreign think tanks, and hedge fund managers. Law students will also learn the basics of philosophy, social thought, rhetoric, eristics, and economics. The university will closely cooperate with entrepreneurs, reputable law firms, and non-governmental organizations. Also, the Collegium Intermarium think tank will be established at the university. Students will have the opportunity to prepare expert opinions and analyses in cooperation with experienced lawyers and business practitioners and carry out their own educational and research projects.

Law will be the main field of study offered. It will also be possible to complete the LL.M. in the English language at our university, devoted to human rights.

In addition, the Collegium Intermarium will conduct postgraduate studies in fields with no counterparts at other Polish universities. These include the management of non-governmental organizations, family policy at the local government level, or a program of studies in the field of rhetoric and culture, targeting participants in public life.

The university’s business plan assumes that the project will be self-financing from the fifth year of operation.  Until then, PLN 55,000 will be needed for the university’s functioning every month; therefore, donations are welcome.  More information about the university, the Ordo Iuris Institute, and the opportunity to donate can be found here:

https://en.ordoiuris.pl/education/collegium-intermarium-new-university-connecting-academics-central-europe

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