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The Centre for Legal Education and Social Theory (CLEST) was established at the Faculty of Law, Administration and Economics of the University of Wroclaw, Poland in 2015 on the initiative of Professor Adam Czarnota. The aim of the Centre is to: improve the quality of education of students and doctoral candidates as regards their social competence, the integration of legal academia with other areas of the social sciences and humanities, and research on legal education. The Centre conducts research in three areas:

I. CONSTITUTIONALISM

– the inevitable semantic openness of constitutional norms and their involvement in the conflicts of values makes this area reach far beyond sterile, procedural considerations of constitutional dogma. So understood, constitutionalism is a space at the interstices of law and politics, entangled in dialectical processes of juridification of politics and the politicization of law. This is so especially now, during the growth of illiberal democracy in Central and Eastern Europe.
The project received funding from the National Science Centre, Poland for the years 2016-2019 (OPUS IX 2015/17/N/HS5/00733).

II. LEGAL EDUCATION

– it enables the reconciliation of different models of lawyers required by the Academia (the legal scholar) and by Legal Practice (the lawyer-technician) in the process of reproduction of the legal world. Therefore, in order to become real, any theoretical legal construction must be capable of being translated into teaching.
The project received funding from the National Science Centre, Poland for the years 2016-2019 (OPUS X 2015/19/B/HS5/03046).

III. LAW AND SOCIAL MEMORY

– law increasingly embarks upon regulating the past. At the time of the end of ``Grand Narratives``, which were concerned mainly about the future, the centres of political power are increasingly focused on the petrification of the past. Its seems that in (post)modern times legitimacy is received from the past. What is more, reaching into the past – right down to the jurisprudence of ancient Rome – is an important element of legal argumentation.

The three research areas listed above are structurally interrelated, they overlap and even condition each other. For example, legal education promotes a certain vision of constitutionalism, which in turn imposes a certain vision of the past. A perspective, which enables the study the relations between the three research areas of is SOCIAL THEORY, understood as a systematic reflection on the social world (its structural and cultural processes), uniting both practical as well as theoretical components. Thus understood, social theory is based on qualitative and quantitative sociological studies, comparative studies and analysis. By generalizing the results of detailed research onto the entire sphere of the social, it contributes to a better understanding of the actual functioning of law in the society.