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Christal Chapman

Christal Chapman
LLM in IDLHR 2011-2012

Nationality: Trinidad & Tobago
Prize Winner: Best IDLHR Graduating Student 2012

Why Warwick?

Having been encouraged by a former lecturer during my Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations at the University of the West Indies (UWI), I decided to apply for the LLM in International Development Law and Human Rights at Warwick University. Prior to this I had not been aware that there were full programmes offered in Development Law, as I had previously been limiting my search for LLM Programmes to Public International Law programmes. In weighing my options prior to my enrolment at Warwick, what most impressed me was the interdisciplinary nature of the IDLHR programme since I felt it would provide me with an opportunity to combine studies in law with other fields including international relations, politics and even sociology – and I can now attest that the IDLHR programme did not fail to deliver in this regard.

The year was a truly enriching experience in which I was able to not just broaden my technical knowledge base but during which time I was also able to learn so much more about myself, my motivations, and my future goals.

Best Bits!

During my year on the LLM, I was given the opportunity to present my first Conference Paper, at the Warwick Student Law Review’s Inaugural Conference. Additionally, stemming from my presentation, I was awarded the Knoowii Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Law. Campus life at Warwick also provided numerous opportunity for relaxation and I honestly believe one would be hard pressed to find a campus to rival the sheer beauty of the surroundings at Warwick. Additionally, the fact that I was able to relax at any of the various restaurants on campus, and take in cinema shows, concerts and even the opera at Warwick’s Arts Centre, all helped ensure that my time away from home was made as fulfilling as possible.

Outside of academic activities, I love the fact that I was able to forge lasting friendships with persons hailing from various regions. To this day I have maintained close friendships with several of my classmates on the IDLHR Programme and I have also maintained close friendships with other Caribbean students (who were not enrolled at the School of Law but were enrolled in other faculties at Warwick).

Where are they now?

Immediately after graduation I was offered a job as a Legal Officer with the Equal Opportunity Commission in Trinidad and Tobago. I worked at the Commission for 16 months and I subsequently took up a position as a Senior Legal Associate at the Children’s Authority of Trinidad and Tobago. The Children’s Authority is the primary national child protection institution in Trinidad and Tobago and at the time of my appointment, the organisation had now begun operations.