Our current research students come from several European countries as well as from Africa, North America and Asia. In addition to their research our students are strongly encouraged to play a full role in the Law School's research activity through participation and presentation of seminars, publication of their work, as well as representing the Law School in international competitions. Our students are also actively encouraged to gain practical experience through internships and other practical opportunities. In recent times two of our students have worked as interns at the War Crimes Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague while another has spent three months working with human rights NGO in Moscow.
I worked in Moscow for three months in 2007 as a legal intern for an Human Rights NGO, Stichting Justice Initiative, which is one of the leading legal representation and litigation organizations in Russia that utilizes domestic and international legal mechanisms to seek redress for human rights abuses committed in the North Caucasus. My job responsibilities included drafting and submitting applications to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, collecting data, evaluating and analysing witnesses' and victims' statements, and providing legal and research assistance to lawyers in the office. It was an unforgettable experience, which gave me the opportunity to meet people who truly believe in what they are doing and also allowed me to get involved in projects that make a difference!
From January to July 2005 I was a legal intern for the Office of the Prosecutor at the War Crimes Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. I was assigned to the Milosevic case under the supervision of British barrister Geoffrey Nice QC and American trial attorney Dan Saxon. I worked on a range of exciting projects with lawyers, analysts and investigators which involved writing legal motions, briefs, internal reports and memoranda that analysed legal issues and crime base evidence. The level of work, responsibility and supervision allowed me to grow personally, intellectually and professionally. Controversial issues that I encountered whilst at the ICTY, such as the legality of NATO’s use of depleted uranium projectiles and cluster bombs, compelled me to return to Aberystwyth in order to carry out PhD research on the legal regulation of indiscriminate means and methods of warfare. I relish the intellectual and cultural diversity as well as the friendly and progressive culture(s) within the Department. Quite honestly, I often find it difficult to take full advantage of the copious resources and opportunities that the Department offers.
LLM by Research candidate
My internship for the Judicial Support Section at the War Crimes Chamber of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina based in Sarajevo was a unique opportunity and fascinating experience, from which I greatly benefited in both my professional and personal life. Interns working within the Judicial Support Section are assigned to a panel of three judges (both international and national). I provided legal assistance to the judges. This included organizational assistance; summarising submissions of cases; observing court proceedings; participating in analysis and discussions and conducting research with respect to various legal issues. I also had the chance to experience the diversity of cultures not only from working at the Court but also from living in Sarajevo.
I would like to thank the Department at Aberystwyth which supported me in undertaking this internship. I am also indebted to the Gilbert Murray Trust for the Award I received in order to co-finance my stay in Sarajevo.