Visiting Scholars: Immigration Law in Poland, Entrepreneurship in Ukraine

Author: NI

Sieniow Tomasz Bw

Immigration and economic growth are two of the more consequential topics in European studies today. 

The Nanovic Institute is pleased to welcome for the fall semester two visiting scholars who not only study these topics but are doing something about them.

Poland has captured the attention of many observers interested in the competing claims of national sovereignty and transnational human rights. Prof. Tomasz Sieniow, for example, is one. He earned his Ph.D. in Law from the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin and currently holds multiple posts in that university's Institute of European Studies, Faculty of Law, and  Office for University Development and Research Support. Prof. Sienow's current research is to compare laws and policies regarding asylum and immigration in the European Union. His interests have had a practical extension: from 2001-2014, Sienow coordinated his university's Legal Clinic for Refugees. During that time, he was a visiting summer scholar at the Nanovic Institute in 2008. He now joins the institute as a semester fellow in order to compare Polish to current US approaches to immigration law, border protection, and deportation.

Often in conversations about immigration in Europen, the topic of economic growth (or lack thereof) arises. How can such growth be stimulated in both effective and responsible ways?

Opatska Sonya Bw

In post-communist Ukraine today, the culture of economic growth is immensely important. Sofiya Opatska, founding Dean of the Lviv Business School in western Ukraine, is cultivating precisely this kind of business culture. She earned her Ph.D. in Management in 2002 at the Institute of Regional Researches in Ukraine and has been trained since then at the Wharton School of Business and the Ross School of Management at Michigan. Fluent in Ukrainian, English, and Russian, Opatska was chosen in 2008 to be the founding dean of the Lviv Business School at Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU), where she had directed the university's MBA program and managed the department of International Relations. In addition to her duties as dean, she currently serves as the Vice Rector of Academic Affairs for the entire university. She joins the Nanovic Institute this fall semester in order to learn more about how to stimulate and nurture cultures of innovation and entrepreneurship through micro-lending, intellectual property law, and "so-called soft infrastructure: the attitudes of managers and organizations toward organizational learning, development, and prosperity."

The Institute will serve to liaise these two scholars and friends with Notre Dame faculty and students interested in these topics and working professionally in these areas.