Aside from the CEEMC, the British Law Centre (BLC) is the other major educational project of Juris Angliae Scientia Ltd (“JAS”). JAS aims to encourage the study and dissemination of English and EU law among students of law, teachers of law and legal practitioners.
JAS is a registered charity which was created in 1992 and has its office at the Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge.
Lord Robert Carnwath of Notting Hill (UK Supreme Court judge) is the Chairman of JAS Members. Other members include academic staff from Cambridge University’s Faculty of Law and leading international lawyers.
JAS has been active at most major universities in the CEE region, by operating British Law Centres at various locations.
The BLC’s day-to-day operations are organised from the University of Warsaw, which became the first BLC location in 1992. The BLC has been active at other Polish Universities (Białystok, Gdańsk, Katowice, Kraków, Lublin, Poznan, Torun and Wrocław) and in other CEE countries: Bulgaria, Czechia, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Russia and Ukraine. We now also teach students beyond the CEE region via online courses, including in China and Hong Kong.
The BLC’s first Academic Director was Professor W.R. Cornish, CMG QC FBA, a world-renowned IP law academic from the University of Cambridge. The current Academic Director is the equally-renowned Professor Richard Fentiman (formerly Dean of Cambridge’s Faculty of Law).
The BLC teaches a 1-year Diploma in English Law & Legal Skills (“DELLS”) involving a range of substantive law modules and legal skills training. We use small-group and interactive teaching styles to make studies as effective and enjoyable as possible.
Those who complete the DELLS course can continue to study the 1-year Commercial Law Diploma (“CLD”). The CLD is taught via a series of practical workshops which require participants to advise fictional clients on a range of commercial law problems which develop to reflect the client’s ongoing activities.