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Krishan Insan, Comparative and International Dispute Resolution LLM (2020)

"In my opinion, studying at CCLS was very different because it was like studying in every country of the world due to the multi-cultural nature of CCLS at QMUL."

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Year of Graduation: 2020
Name of programme: LLM in Comparative and International Dispute Resolution
Country: India

What influenced your decision to choose a LLM at Queen Mary?

Many leading universities of the world accepted me with full/partial scholarships. But my thorough research on the LLM (Comparative and International Dispute Resolution) at Queen Mary informed me about the quality of research and diversity in the previous batches here. I could not think of a better university to enrol in a comparative study program when I had an opportunity to be part of a class which had as many as 43 nationalities. Today, I have friends from 180+ nationalities due to the global population at Queen Mary.

The second most obvious and impressing factor for me is the way Queen Mary motivates and prepares its student for taking up higher responsibilities and opportunities. I was provided with numerous opportunities due to which I have attended many international events duly funded by different agencies (Including Queen Mary) and received many awards of international reputes during my studies at Queen Mary.

How did you find the teaching and learning? Did you combine modules across specialisations and if so, what were the advantages of this?

Every staff member at Queen Mary is so admirable and helpful; it is not possible to explain this enough in words. The wide variety of choices of modules across specialisations is very special and unique to CCLS at QMUL. I have enjoyed the combination of modules on International Arbitration under the aegis of the School of International Arbitration and Energy Law modules in the Energy Law Institute. I still remember the motherly nature of Prof. Norah Gallagher from the very first lecture in term one; she has always been my first point of contact to seek any guidance. She is an excellent mentor for me even today.

The combination of modules from across domains also helped me leverage the opportunities in both sectors. For example I have visited the Energy Charter Secretariat because of my understanding in energy laws and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) because of the Investment Arbitration modules I opted to study in the first term of the course.

What piece of insight or advice would you offer for future students?

In my opinion, studying at a UK University is not like studying in a different country. For me, it was an experience to study in every country of the world due to the multi-cultural nature of UK based universities. Hence, my advice to the prospective scholars would be, come prepared to unlearn so many things in the initial few weeks of your journey and prepare yourself mentally to adapt and learn about the global culture. This one year is an opportunity for you to learn something about each nationality. I have experienced the food of at least 80 countries during my stay in London! 

What was your best experience of studying at QMUL?

In my capacity as a Specialism Representative, I invited the Vice President of the World Bank Group to CCLS for a guest lecture. I also gained full sponsorship by Queen Mary for the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) Arbitration Masterclasses in Brussels; the GUNi Conference in Barcelona, the AIPN Oil and Gas Core course in Lisbon, and the internship at ICSID (World Bank Group Institution) which are all inclusive, memorable moments from my time at Queen Mary.

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