It is our great pleasure to invite you to participate in the 4th International Summer School in the Foundations of Democracy: American Law, Politics & Economy.

Not only will you have a chance to learn from professors from prestigious American and European universities but also develop lasting cross-cultural friendships with peers from all over the world.
The Summer School will take place live at a modern and air-conditioned venue in Rome, Italy on July 16-30, 2023.


Extraordinary legal system of the United States
Human rights and the rule of law
American politics – causes of debate and controversy
Critical factors that shaped the American economy
Money and banking in the United States
Role of the United States in the international arena
Individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution
History of the United States


  • You will gain knowledge from a wide variety of disciplines
    (law, economics, sociology, international relations, philosophy, political science)
  • You will immerse yourself in seminar-style workshops led by internationally renowned experts from the United States and Europe
  • You will will develop practical skills (argumentation, group-work, critical thinking)
  • You will improve your English skills
  • You will make cross-cultural connections with peers from all over the world



American Constitutional Law
Prof. Susanna Frederick Fischer, LL.M.
Economics of a Free Society: Money and Banking in the United States
dr Karl-Friedrich Israel
Human Rights and the Rule of Law
Prof. Christopher Kelley, LL.M.
Anglo-American Social and Political Philosophy
dr John Patrick Higgins


U.S. Presidential Elections
dr John Patrick Higgins
Was the United States Really First? Comparison of American and European Republicanisms
dr John Patrick Higgins
Startups and Venture Capital in the United States: A Business and Legal Perspective
dr Stephen Szrom
Conflict Management Strategies
dr Valery Loumber


Susanna Fischer

Susanna Fischer

Course: American Constitutional Law

Professor Susanna Fischer received her legal degree from Merton College at the University of Oxford and an LL.M. at the University of University of Virginia School of Law. She also received a degree in history from the University of Princeton. She is an attorney licensed in England and New York.

During her legal practice, she represented clients before American and English courts and tribunals, including the House of Lord in London. She specializes in constitutional law, intellectual property law, contracts, and civil procedure.

Karl-Friedrich Israel

Karl-Friedrich Israel

Course: Economics of a Free Society: Money and Banking in the United States

Dr. Karl Friedrich-Israel is an adjunct and the Department of Economics and Business Administration at the Université Catholique de l’Ouest in Angers in France. He has been appointed as a senior researcher at the Institute for Economic Policy at Leipzig University in Germany. He has degrees in Applied Statistics (University of Oxford) and Economics (Humboldt University). He has a Ph.D. degree in Economics from the Université Catholique de l’Ouest in Angers. He specializes in macroeconomics, history of economic thought, economic methodology, and econometrics.

Christopher Kelley

Christopher Kelley

Course: Human Rights and the Rule of Law

Prof. Kelley is an attorney and professor of law at the University of Arkansas School of Law and a professor at the best law faculty in Ukraine (Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv). He earned his Ph.D. in Law from Howard University School of Law and his LL.M. from the Arkansas School of Law. Prof. Kelley has extensive practical experience from the office of the Minnesota Attorney General and leading American law firms, including Arent Fox and Lindquist & Vennum (since decades appearing in the rankings of the best law firms in the USA).

J. Patrick Higgins

J. Patrick Higgins

Course: Anglo-American Social & Political Philosophy

J. Patrick Higgins is an interdisciplinary scholar focusing on the matters of law, economy, sociology, history and political science. He graduated from George Mason University and Virginia Polytechnic Institute, currently he’s associated with the Alexis de Tocqueville Center for Political and Legal Thought. He regularly publishes works on topics related to the American political and legal thought, and his doctoral thesis was dedicated to the Polish republicanism of the Age of the Enlightenment.

Valery Loumber

Valery Loumber

Course: Conflict Management Strategies, Secured Transactions

Attorney Valery Loumber has over 20 years of legal experience in the United States, including experience in private practice, as staff attorney for several federal judges, as a lecturer of law, and also as a judge. Currently, Valery is a partner at the litigation law firm of Gavrilov & Brooks with offices in Los Angeles and Sacramento, California. He specializes in bankruptcy law, complex civil litigation, and litigation strategies.

Steve Szrom

Steve Szrom

Course: Startups and Venture Capital in the United States: A Business and Legal Perspective

Steve Szrom is a graduate of the Harvard Law School. He has previously taught at the Harvard Law Negotiation Workshop. A former U.S. Army infantry officer, he has practical and academic experience in cross-cultural negotiations and collaborative leadership. Currently a Regulatory Strategy Manager at Astranis, a company dedicated to providing internet services to 4 billion people around the world.


The Summer School is not only about learning but also developing cross-cultural relationships with other participants and having fun.

  • Quiz about the United States
  • Pool/billiard
  • Cultural Presentations Night
  • Bars, clubs & restaurants outings

Friendships made during the summer school will last a lifetime.
Participation in the social events is not mandatory


On the day following the closing of the Summer School, we will host the 6th International Conference on American Law, Philosophy, Politics & Economics.

Presenting during the conference is FREE for all qualified summer school participants. (Your participation in the conference is voluntary, but highly encouraged).


As a participant of the summer school, you will receive an official diploma and a transcript. A transcript can be used as a basis for receiving 8 ECTS (4 U.S. credits) points from your university.

If you wish to be awarded ECTS points, please contact your university and make sure that it will credit you with ECTS points for completion of the summer school.

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