LLM in IDLHR 2010-2012
I knew that the teaching at Warwick would be excellent, which initially appealed to me when I was deciding where to pursue my Master’s. The IDLHR programme especially appealed to me because of the ‘international development’ component. I hadn’t come across another course which combined this with human right law, and I was keen to develop my knowledge in both areas. I was also impressed that the course allowed me to specialise in a particular field. I chose to specialise in gender which has definitely benefited me since leaving Warwick.
There was such a variety of people on my course, from all over the world and I learnt a huge amount from them. The seminars were structured in a way which encouraged class discussions and debates. It was always fascinating to contribute to these discussions, and because there was such a mixture of people, this made lessons particularly interesting!
The teaching didn’t let me down – I enjoyed every module I took, mainly because those teaching it were real experts in their field and were clearly passionate in the area they were working in.
Where are they now?
Having specialised in Gender on the IDLHR course, I was keen to get practical experience in my chosen area after graduating in 2012. My options in the UK were limited, and I was lucky enough to be offered a position with the Heinrich Boll Foundation in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, working on their gender programmes. I had two roles in Cambodia: I worked as a researcher and also as a Technical Consultant to the Committee to Promote Women in Politics (CPWP), a local NGO.
I was Commissioned by HBF to write a research paper on gender quotas in politics, the aim of which was to provide recommendations for the implementation of such quotas in Cambodia. I had written about gender quotas in one of my assessments on the IDLHR programme, so I was able to draw upon my prior knowledge. In documenting examples of best practices, I provided 10 recommendations for the effective implementation of gender quotas in Cambodia.
As a Technical Consultant to CPWP, I gained valuable insight into the workings of a local NGO. Here, my specific roles include: developing reporting guidelines designed to improve the analytical capacity of the staff; writing funding proposals and evaluation reports for key donors; identifying research gaps for CPWP to fill; and reviewing CPWP’s long-term strategy. Overall, the experience was wonderful, and it certainly helped in securing employment on my return to the UK.
I am now working as a Human Rights Analyst for Maplecroft, a global risk and strategic forecasting company."