Aiya Al-Jabiri (Law and Economics LLM, 2018) talks about her experience of studying at CCLS and of having a part of her dissertation paper published in an international legal journal, entitled 'Financial Regulation International'.
I completed my LLM in Law and Economics at QMUL in 2018. I was intrigued by the prospect of learning about the overlap between the disciplines of law and economics. This, coupled with the fact that Queen Mary's law school has an excellent reputation both within the UK and worldwide, made choosing to study this course at CCLS a natural choice. I thoroughly enjoyed the LLM, and found all my modules extremely interesting. My favourite modules in particular were: Law and Finance in Emerging Economies, and International Finance Law Applied. CCLS also has a highly diverse student body, with students coming from many different countries around the world. This truly enriches class discussions with many varied perspectives, as well as individual experiences from students’ home countries, allowing all students to benefit from frequent exposure to different angles to a given topic, which they may not have otherwise considered. It was this diversity of ideas that ultimately led me to analyse the Kenyan mobile payment system M-Pesa for my LLM dissertation. The discussions around microfinance on my Law and Finance in Emerging Economies module sparked my interest in wanting to delve further into the area of financial inclusion, and hearing Kenyan classmates talk about their M-Pesa experiences made me want to look at mobile money and the related legal and economic issues in greater detail. I achieved a solid Distinction on the dissertation, and the legal part of my dissertation paper was later published in an international legal journal, entitled 'Financial Regulation International'. I truly believe this outcome would not have been possible without my incredible dissertation supervisor, Professor Rosa María Lastra, who helped me tremendously with her feedback at various stages of the dissertation writing process. Completing the paper was challenging, but the high level of support I received throughout the process instilled in me a greater drive to complete and succeed with my dissertation, attesting to the superb teaching quality at the CCLS.
My dissertation paper was published in an international legal journal, entitled 'Financial Regulation International'.