Basic information

Our Team:

Legal status

Centre is the organizational unit of the Faculty of Law and Administration, Warsaw University.

Why the Centre was created?

The Centre was created as scientific background to public and private authorities. The Centre is the response to recent intensification of contacts between the Republic of Poland and the People’s Republic of China at all levels, i.e. European (such as “One Belt and One Route” initiative), national (such as official meetings between Polish and Chinese authorities), local government (such as annual Regional Forum Poland-China), scientific (such annual Polish-Chinese Forum of Rectors) and business.

The Centre’s work

The members of the Centre will pursue scientific activity, in particular through the publication of articles and books, organization of conferences and seminars, as well as organization of student and academic exchanges. Such activity will not only allow to gain knowledge about the legal system and the functioning of the economy directly from Chinese academics but also should translate into organization of trainings, making analyses and exchange of experiences, aimed at government institutions, local governments and Polish entrepreneurs.

The Centre has already established cooperation with leading Chinese universities and scientific institutions: School of Law China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL), Peking University Law School (PKULS), Institute of Law Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), China Institute of Industrial Relations (CIIR).

Team

Current members of Centre are academics associated with the Warsaw University focusing on law, economy and sinology.

More about Centre:

Board:

Dr Piotr Grzebyk

Director of the Centre
  • Assistant professor at the Faculty of Law and Administration University of Warsaw.
  • Board Member of the European University Centre at Peking University.
  • Since 2014 Academic Guardian of the Warsaw Beijing Forum – project co-organized by the Faculty of Law and Administration University of Warsaw and the School of Law China University of Political Science and Law.
  • Former judicial assistant in Labour Law, Social Security and Public Affairs Chamber in the Supreme Court (2010-2016).
  • PhD at the Faculty of Law and Administration University of Warsaw, dissertation accepted (with distinction) in 2010. MA at the Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Warsaw in 2006.
  • Diploma in an Introduction to English Law and the Law of the European Union, University of Cambridge (2006).
  • Author of inter alia Jurisdiction in employment matters according to 44/2001 Regulation, Wolters Kluwer 2011 and Collective Labour Law. Case-law, CH Beck 2010 (both in Polish).
  • Visiting professor in Beijing (China University of Political Science and Law, Peking University School of Law, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China Institute of Industrial Relations), Ljubljana, Zagreb and Sofia.

Dr Piotr Bogdanowicz

Deputy Director of the Centre
  • Assistant professor at the Faculty of Law and Administration University of Warsaw.
  • Legal adviser in Warsaw.
  • Holds Ph.D. in European Union Law (summa cum laude). Author of more than 40 publications on European Union law and public law, including one monograph, two commentaries (published by CH Beck) and articles in leading law journals such as Public Procurement Law Review and European Procurement and Public Private Partnership Law Review. Visiting professor in Cardiff, Turin and Beijing. Member of the European Procurement Law Group and the Polish Society of the European Law.
  • The area of his interest revolves around EU economic law, including in particular, EU public procurement law and EU energy law.

Franciszek Longchamps de Berier

Deputy Director of the Centre
  • Professor at the Faculty of Law Jagiellonian University in Kraków (Poland), where he is the head of the Roman Law Department.
  • Senior Lecturer at the University of Warsaw.
  • Member of the Joint Managing Committee of the China-EU School of Law at the China University of Political Sciences and Law in Beijing.
  • Member of the editorial board of “Fundamina. A Journal of Legal History” (RSA).
  • He graduated from the University of Warsaw’s Faculty of Law and Administration (Poland) and has an LL.M. awarded by Georgetown University Law Center (US). He was elected as a member of the Committee of Legal Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
  • His realms of studies are Roman law and legal history, European legal tradition, law of succession, methodology of private law, American constitutional law.

Members:

Maximilian Piekut

Deputy Director of the Centre
  • PhD candidate at the Faculty of Law and Administration University of Warsaw and LLM candidate at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich.
  • Editor in Chief of People’s Square.
  • Founder of the Warsaw-Beijing Forum.
  • Graduated from both; Warsaw School of Economics (Bachelor of Finance and Accounting) and University of Warsaw (Master of Laws).
  • Studied Chinese at Fudan University. Visiting scholar at China University of Political Science and Law. Member of Chinese Economic Association (CEA) and European China Law Studies Association (ECLS). His field of research covers energy law and business law of the People’s Republic of China.

Paulina Uznańska

Deputy Director of the Centre
  • Main coordinator of the second edition of the Warsaw-Beijing Forum
  • Holds a diploma (with distinction) from the Chinese Studies Department Univeristy of Warsaw. Currently a student of the School of Chinese as a Second Language at Peking University.
  • Holder of the Confucius Institute Scholarship and Dean’s Scholarship for the Best Student for three consecutive years.
  • The winner of the Polish edition of the Chinese Bridge Competition. Represented Poland in the international Round of the Competition and won third place.
  • Gained professional experience at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Beijing and Trade and Investment Promotion Section of Polish Embassy in Beijing.
  • Interested in foreign policy of the People’s Republic of China in Central-Eastern Europe.

Karol Piekut

Expert of the Centre
  • Received a double bachelor’s degree – International Business and Business Management – from Mercyhurst College (Erie, PA) and master’s degree in Finance and Accounting from Warsaw School of Economics.
  • Attended University of Warsaw and Fudan University for Chinese Language Studies, at the latter he was a recipient of the Confucius Institute scholarship.
  • Currently he is the press and economic analyst at People’s Square.
  • His main areas of focus are economic and geopolitical aspects connected with the rise of the People’s Republic of China.

Katarzyna Kaptur

Expert of the Centre
  • Graduated with honours from the Faculty of Law and Administration and Faculty of Oriental Studies at the University of Warsaw.
  • Familiar with the Chinese market issues – gained experience in the Trade and Investment Promotion Section of Polish Consulate in Shanghai as an assistant and translator, advising on market entry and IP issues in Mainland China.
  • Interested in Chinese contract law. Fluent in English, German and Mandarin Chinese.