JAS LTD (The Charity)
Juris Angliae Scientia Ltd is a charitable foundation set up in 1992 with the objects of promoting education links between the United Kingdom and Poland. JAS has functioned as the engine for promoting and supporting the activities of the BLC, initially in Poland and more recently in other parts of Central and Eastern Europe and the activities carried out under the auspices of the University of Cambridge, Institute of Continuing Education.
The charity was originally managed by a committee of the international law firms who initially sponsored the Warsaw centre. The current directors are Prof W.R. Cornish, Prof. Richard Fentiman, Dr Jonathan Morgan and Dr Jennifer Davis (all of the Law Faculty, University of Cambridge) and Prof Richard Nolan (York School of law). Former directors included Jonathan Saunders ( secretary to Oxfam GB) who was also one of the first BLC tutors in Warsaw in 1992.
Lord Robert Carnwath of Notting Hill (UK Supreme Court) is the Chairman of the Members of the Charity.
British Law Centre
The current British law centres retain their central administration in Warsaw. The Warsaw BLC has three resident tutors who also form part of the team of tutors who visit the other Polish and Central and Eastern European centres. Educational supervision comes from the members of the charity Juris Angliae Scientia Ltd and the Director and Deputy Director Course Director who are also a fundamental part of the teaching team.
The teaching structure is based upon a system of lectures and workbooks, supported by regular class teaching in the form of seminars (normally 12-15 persons) and tutorials (normally 6-8 persons). Lectures are provided in the Warsaw centre both by visiting academics from the University of Cambridge (the regular visitors over the years have included Prof. Catherine Barnard, Dr Okeoghene Odudu, Dr Mika Oldham, Prof. Richard Fentiman, and Dr Jonathan Morgan, as well as academics from other leading international universities including Professor Robert Burrell of University of Sheffield and Dr Dorota Leczykiewicz of the European University Institute), professional lectures from our commercial partners and by the resident Warsaw tutors.
The BLC course provides a one/ two year programme in which students are taught a number of the core subjects of the general English law degree – English legal system, criminal, contract, tort, and trusts before moving on in their second year to European Union
Emphasis is placed on developing a practical approach to resolving legal disputes and assisting students in acquiring various practical skills, such as: law, International Trade, International Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property, Banking, and Company Law. Variations of this course are available in different centres.
Students are generally required to undertake 4 modules (one year programme) or 8/9 modules (two year programme) and the course continues to emphasise the need for written analysis and essay skills, so students are required to complete a written assignment for each module taken.
Students are registered on a dedicated moodle web site for the diploma/certificate programme, providing course information, centre timetables and essential course materials. The site is also used to provide general notices and details of additional events organised in each centre. All assignments are submitted to tutors via this site. In addition students may use the web site both to communicate with each other and directly with individual tutors.
Professor Richard Fentiman, JAS Board Member, Professor of Private International Law and current Chairman of the Law Faculty, University of Cambridge, on the importance of learning English law