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Ayu Mawar Rini, Comparative and International Dispute Resolution LLM

" The lecturers were supportive and approachable to answer the curiosity of students about the subject. There were also guest lecturers from several prominent law firms..."

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Year of graduation: 2020
Name of programme: Comparative and International Dispute Resolution LLM
Country: Indonesia

CCLS was my first and yet the best decision I have made to fulfilling my dream of studying abroad. Studying at CCLS is an investment for my future career. Even if I could do it again, I would gladly take another LLM with the different programme at CCLS as it offers a high and promising quality of teaching and source of knowledge.

Knowing the expertise of the lecturer and specialised courses offered by the faculty have encouraged me to learn from first-hand expert’s perspective and experience in the field. The lecturers were supportive and approachable to answer the curiosity of students about the subject, for instance, Professor Stavros Brekoulakis, Professor Maxi Scherer, Debbie De Girolamo, Norah Gallagher and Carlos Carvalho. There were also guest lecturers from several prominent law firms, namely Herbert Smith Freehills, Allen Overy and Clifford Chance.

I studied Comparative and International Dispute Resolution programme at the School of International Arbitration (SIA). The main reason was not only because its reputation of being one of the world’s leading institution in international arbitration, but it also prepares me of ‘what should it takes’ to pursue my career in the international arbitration field.

Before taking the LLM, I worked as the Project Manager for arranging the road map of emission standards of Indonesian coal-fired plants. With a little knowledge of international arbitration, SIA allows the fresh graduate to gain the fundamental ground of the subject through its critical yet in-depth and engaging discussion in each seminar tutorials in a smaller group of students. The discussion was rich in global viewpoints as I was surrounded by professionals colleagues from diverse jurisdictions all over the world. Indeed, this is the best part about studying at CCLS because it motivates me to learn from their valuable experience even more.

Throughout the year, I often participated in several events associated with notable institutions, such as the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, and from multinational oil company BP p.l.c. I was also selected to participate in its PG Law Mentoring programme with an associate from top ten Law Firm in London. It was indeed a remarkable experience to plan my future career to work in a law firm.

Besides the networking events, professional career development programme and opportunity to study the distinct subjects (auditing modules) are several of countless reasons for taking CCLS. The programme does not limit the student to learn only one particular subject, but instead, I could satisfy my thirst to study other topics. For instance, I took the international construction contract and dispute resolution, international investment law and international energy transaction modules which helped me to narrow my career interest in infrastructure and construction dispute.

It is all thanks to CCLS which allowed me to take my LLM with its generous PG Law Partial Scholarships programme. I could not thank CCLS enough for each of incredible experience. Thanks to CCLS also, I have experienced its global inclusivity with friends from various jurisdictions and cultures.

I do recommend CCLS for new prospective students with any background. The students should undoubtedly make the most of their opportunity at CCLS so they can maximise its potential and career with the help of CCLS.

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