Natolin Careers Service "Meet the Professionals" Series – Lecture by Dr Wiesław KARSZ


Sunday 25.10.15 to Wednesday 28.10.15


Auditorium Curie Skłodowska
Natolin (Warsaw) Campus
ul. Nowoursynowska 84
PL-02/797 Warszawa

The Natolin Careers Service organized a two-part meeting with an experienced practitioner in the field of commercial diplomacy. This lecture was an element of this year’s "Meet the Professionals" series, a programme of events which allow Natolin students to learn about diverse career paths directly from seasoned practitioners. 


On Sunday, 25 October 2015 (14:00-18:00) and then Wednesday, 28 October 2015 (9:30-11:30), Natolin students met and talked to Dr Wiesław KARSZ, former Polish trade envoy to the WTO and deputy head of the Polish Permanent Representation to the OECD. Dr KARSZ spoke about commercial and economic diplomacy (also as a possible career path), the institutional solutions that exist to enable this way of practicing diplomacy, as well as covering several examples of international trade talks: the Doha Round, TTIP and TPP.


Dr KARSZ is one of the leading Polish specialists in economic diplomacy, linking his scholarly interests in this field with his personal experience as economic diplomat. In that latter capacity, he served as the Polish trade envoy (Ambassador) to the WTO in 2003-2009, and he was the deputy head of the Polish Permanent Representation to the OECD in 2012-2014. Dr KARSZ has a deep knowledge of domestic aspects of economic diplomacy, as he served for several years as the Director of the Department of Trade Defense Instruments at the Ministry of Economy. Throughout his professional career, Dr Wiesław KARSZ has worked at the intersection of law and economics. Prior to his responsibilities as economic diplomat, he taught Law & Economics and Jurisprudence at the University of Lodz. As an international trade expert, he has also sat on several WTO’s dispute settlement panels (e.g. EU vs. US; US vs. Canada). He obtained his Master's Degree and Ph.D. from University of Lodz, and was a Fulbright visiting scholar at Stanford University.