145 Law & Just. - Christian L. Rev. 4 (2000)
Dominik Lasok - An Appreciation

handle is hein.journals/ljusclr145 and id is 6 raw text is: DOMINIK LASOK
LenDr, LLM, PhD, Dr. Juris, LLD, Dhc,
Ordre des Palmes Academiques (France),
Order of Merit (Poland)
Dominik Lasok, a contributor to Law & Justice and member of its Editorial Board
since 1971, was born on 4 January 1921 in a small village in Poland and died on
11 April 2000. He served in the Polish forces during the Second World War. At the
end of the war, he opted to be demobilised in the United Kingdom since the political
conditions in Poland rendered his returning home unattractive. During the war, he
had been interned for a time in Switzerland and had there taken a degree in law. He
chose law as a subject because he wished to go to a Swiss university that was closest
to the most likely theatre of future action. In that university, the choice of available
courses was limited to theology and law. He took his degree in 1944 in absentia
since, shortly before the degree day, he had passed clandestinely over the Alps into
France together with a party of Polish soldiers. In France, his group met the Allied
forces advancing northwards from the South of France and was transferred to the
Polish forces in Italy where he spent the rest of the war.
In the United Kingdom, he took an LLM at Durham University and then a PhD at
the LSE. He held a number of jobs in commerce until, in 1958, he was appointed a
lecturer in law at Exeter University, where he remained until his retirement in 1986.
Although called to the Bar in 1954, he never practised as a barrister due to the
financial uncertainties of life at the Bar and family commitments (he married in
1952). As an academic, his initial interests lay in family law, the study of which he
pioneered at Exeter University. He took the view that lawyers, particularly academic
ones, should publish (a view not held universally at the time). In addition to articles
in periodicals, he edited a series of works on Polish law published by Leiden
University as part of a more extensive project concerned with the laws of countries
subject to the Soviet system of law. When the United Kingdom joined the European
Community, he was one of the first off the mark to organise undergraduate and
postgraduate courses in EC law. In collaboration with John Bridge, he produced one
of the first and most popular students' textbooks on EC law. Exeter University
produced a steady flow of postgraduate research work.

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