Agnieszka Machnika 2001 - 2002

Agnieszka Machnicka , after receiving her LL.M. from the University of Ottawa, completed two doctorate degrees, one at the University of Warsaw, and one at the European Research Institute in Florence. During her stay in Ottawa she wrote 3 articles on Canadian law which were published after her return to Warsaw in the Polish language in Polish legal journals, entitled “The Indians’ Right to Land. Nature and Character of Aboriginal Title in Canadian Law – part I”, “The Indians’ Right to Land. Proof of Aboriginal Title in Canadian Law – part II”, and “Trademarks and Protection of Personality Rights in Canadian Law”. Then, her LL.M. thesis from Ottawa was integrated into her future Ph.D. dissertation (on Precontractual Agreements), where Canadian civil and common law, along with the US, UK, French, German, Australian and Polish law, were discussed. The doctoral dissertation was defended at the Faculty of Law and Administration (University of Warsaw) in June 2005 and then published as a monograph (in the Polish language) by Wolters Kluwer in 2007. The book was awarded a distinction prize in the competition Golden Wings organized by Gazeta Prawna and KPMG. She also collaborated with the writing of a book, entitled “Preliminary Agreements – Contracts to Negotiate and Letters of Intent. A Comparative Study”. Between 2003 and 2007, she was also a researcher at the European University Institute in Florence, where she completed her second doctoral degree in the field of trademark law. Afterwards, she was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Siena (Italy) between 2008 and 2009. Now, she is a post-doctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law in Munich (Germany), where she continues her academic research and publications in the area of Intellectual Property Law. She writes, “During all these years, my experience - both academic and personal - which I gained at the University of Ottawa was a very important part of my professional formation and a very crucial step in my work within her chosen field of comparative law.”

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