What was your motivation for undertaking postgraduate study?
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With advanced globalisation and as the international system continues to evolve, it will become more important to follow every aspect of International Law. As such, this knowledge is essential to everyone from international organisations, governments to individuals. This deficit in the national legal system gave me the motivation to apply for LLM with specialised modules in International Law. One of the goals outlined here, which I felt was especially relevant for my country, is that of raising awareness of the global burden caused by violation of treaty obligations. This is one of many ways to strengthen the legal system of India - by focusing on often ignored aspect of law: treaty obligations, environment & energy and human rights. LLM will provide me with both a good grounding in the fundamentals of international law as well as opportunities to develop an expert forte specialism in law, combining the theory and practice of international law with development and human rights.
What, for you, are the best things about the course?
I hope to gain a better understanding of the global burden of violation of environmental & energy laws, international laws, financing of international trade and policies, treaty obligations and improving access to legal services globally through the core modules offered in the programme, and to develop applied and research skills through the placement opportunities and dissertation. The change I visualise would happen only with a systematic alteration which requires amendments to legislations, policy-making, judicial review and actions to include more efficient and effective steps in the judicial proceedings and its implementation. The impact of my work could be best measured with the free legal aid and pro bono services I provide to minority and marginalised groups in my area of practice and to write petitions filed to take action regarding the violation of international covenants which would act as judicial precedents and I would also implead in the existing pro bono publico filed for similar causes.
What piece of advice would you give to anyone considering postgraduate study in your field?
I would suggest to read more on the area you want to focus on and think before you make your application. As a Masters level student, the studies would require a lot of your original thoughts in your field of study. If you are really passionate about your area of study, you will do well here at the University of Birmingham with excellent academic support.