Looking Backwards:


Looking Forwards


Anglo-Polish legal relations after Brexit




Conference in memory of

His Honour George Dobry CBE QC (1918-2018)

 co-creator of the British Law Centre

Looking Backwards: Looking Forwards

The conference reflects on the past and present contributions to Anglo-Polish legal relations of HH George Dobry’s CBE QC’s legal projects (most notably the British Law Centre and the Slynn Foundation). It takes place in what is expected to be the first week after Brexit and discusses a range of legal issues which may need to be reassessed post-Brexit, including various aspects of commercial and banking law, criminal law, constitutional law and human rights. It discusses a wide range of legal challenges and opportunities facing the UK and Poland, both individually and collectively, and considers how relations between the two countries will look in the coming years.

There is a hugely impressive list of speakers, including British and Polish experts who are renowned in their respective fields. 

The conference is kindly supported by both the OIRP and ORA in Warsaw. KDZ points are awarded by ORA (8 points) and OIRP (5 points) for attendance in this conference.  To register for such points, please complete the form below.

Venue Information

Friday 8th November 2019 (10.00-19.00)

Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Warsaw

Sala A2, Lipowa 4 (Collegium Iuridicum II)

The full conference schedule is below.




The British Law Centre and the Dean of the Faculty of Law & Administration at the University of Warsaw warmly invite participants from academia and legal practice, anglophiles and members of civic society to attend this conference. To register please complete the form at the bottom of the page. Places are limited.


The timings below are for informational purposes only and may be subject to change. A final version of the timetable will be made available to all registered participants a few days before the conference
10.00: Dr. hab. Dobrochna Bach-Golecka (UW WPiA - Vice Dean for International Relations) - Conference opening on behalf of Warsaw Univerity Faculty of Law & Administration
10.15: Dr. Steve Terrett - Welcome on behalf of the British Law Centre
10.20: Emma Baines (British Embassy - Head of Policy) - The latest update on Brexit
10.35 - Lord Robert Carnwath (UK Supreme Court): George Dobry - The lawyer, the man
10.50: Tomasz Wardyński (Wardynski & partners) - Judge George Dobry and his generation – guardians of values trampled in the first half of the 20th century
11.05: Fergus Randolph QC (Brick Court Chambers) - The Slynn Foundation: its beginnings, its successes and the future
11.20: Dr Jonathan Morgan (University of Cambridge) - The Dobry projects: the British Law Centre
11.35-12.00: Q&A and coffee break
12.00: Desmond Browne QC (5RB chambers; former Chairman of the Bar Council): Combining respect for private life with freedom of expression
12.15: Stephen Denyer (Law Society of England & Wales) - Legal professional cooperation and education after Brexit
12.30: Dr. hab. Dobrochna Bach-Golecka (UW WPiA - Vice Dean for International Relations) - Good governance and the Brexit decision
12.45: Fergus Randolph QC (Brick Court chambers) - Competition law in the UK – the impact of Brexit
13.00: Dr Hanna Machinska (Office of the Polish Commissioner for Human Rights) - The future of human rights
13.15 Q&A session and lunch break
14.30: Damian Falkowski (39 Essex Chambers) - Banking law in the UK post-Brexit
14.45: Robert Makowski (Goldman Sachs) - The impact of Brexit on the choice of English law and courts
15.00: Mateusz Chmielewski (SSW Pragmatic Solutions)
15.15: Prof. Mariusz Golecki (Polish Financial Ombudsman): Speculating speculation: Evolution of the Financial Market Regulatory Framework in the shadow of Brexit
15.30: Marcin Olender (Google) - EU copyright law - the best reason for leaving the EU?
15:45: Agnieszka Warso-Buchanan (Client Earth) - Environmental challenges post-Brexit: the right to clean air
16.00: Q&A session and coffee break
16.30: Agnieszka Chylińska (DLA Piper) - Women in PPP
16.45 District Court Judge Stephen Murch (Inns of Court College of Advocacy) - Litigation and oral advocacy
17.00: Sir Stephen Silber (3 Verulam Buildings, retired High Court judge) - Mediation in dispute resolution
17.15: Mikołaj Pietrzak (Dean of the Warsaw Regional Bar Association) - Trans-jurisdictional criminal cases post-Brexit
17.30: Prof. Tomasz Koncewicz (University of Gdansk): From Brexit to Polexit?
17.45: Prof. Adam Łazowski (Westminster University) - Mind the fog, stand clear of the cliff! A commentary on the Political Declaration on the future of EU-UK relations after Brexit
18.00: Q&A and coffee break
18.30: Lord Robert Carnwath (UK Supreme Court) - Towards a UK Constitutional Court?

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