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Natassja Smiljanic

LLB, PGCE

Subject: Law

I’ve been teaching Law for over 22 years, including at the Universities of London, Birmingham and Warwick. I have also taught Law at schools and colleges via video link, and on the Open University Law degree programme.

I graduated from the University of Warwick with a Law degree and, after a few years of working in the City of London, decided that I wanted to teach Law. I studied a PG Certificate in Higher Education at Birmingham City University.

I particularly enjoy seeing my students gain legal knowledge, which while intrinsically valuable, is even more useful in the real world – whether it’s knowing your consumer rights, employment issues at work, or even being able to criticise TV programmes when they get the law wrong!

The skills you’ll develop from studying Law will add value to your career, especially the skills of analysis, and being able to debate and argue with confidence. I like to see students develop these legal skills, which are so easily transferrable to other areas of your life.

In 2005 I also studied a Certificate in Counselling at Birmingham Counselling Centre.

As well as teaching and studying Law, my hobbies include drama and theatre, walking, and being out in nature. I live in Birmingham, the UK’s second city, so getting out of town is very relaxing. I read a lot, especially books about philosophy, spirituality and American history. And I speak fluent Serbian/ Croatian as my family originates from there.

I currently teach at the Open University. My specialist research areas are Human Rights, the Constitution, and Criminal Law. I’ve taught students of all ages and backgrounds, from many different countries. I believe that Law is like a new language and takes a little time to learn. But when you become “fluent” in the subject, the world looks different – Law helps to empower us all through knowledge of itself, and understanding our legal rights and responsibilities.

I very much look forward to working with you and supporting you through an exciting and dynamic course!

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