Having done some research on what The University of Strathclyde had to offer, Bryce (from Johannesburg, South Africa) decided that he would study the LLM Human Rights Law course here. Read more about his experiences so far and how he feels the course will help him in the future.
Why did you choose to study at Strathclyde? Did you know about the Centre for the Study of Human Rights Law?
I previously travelled to Glasgow and really enjoyed the city and the people. I then did a bit of research and discovered the University of Strathclyde and its Centre for the Study of Human Rights Law. My research revealed that a previous judge of the South African Constitutional Court, Judge Albie Sachs, is an honorary professor at the University of Strathclyde and has given talks at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights Law. I also discovered that leading practitioners in South Africa have also attended the University of Strathclyde. This intrigued me and doing research into the human rights law course at the University of Strathclyde I discovered not only that the course offers modules that are up to date and relevant to current global human rights issues but also that the lecturers are leading academics and practitioners in the field of human rights law (Prof Tony Kelly, Prof Alan Miller and Dr Elaine Webster). Another reason is that I am particularly interested in learning about business and human rights and the potential to hold transnational corporations liable for their compliance in human rights atrocities. The University of Strathclyde is one of the only institutions that offer a course in business and human rights law.
What do you enjoy most about your course?
Business and Human Rights Law module. I also enjoy learning about human rights law from a comparative perspective. I.e. learning about how different jurisdictions have dealt with relevant human rights atrocities.
What advice would you give to a prospective student coming to study your course?
Go to all the classes. The year goes by very quickly and before you know it classes are finished. It is important to do all the readings and engage in class. Doing this will ensure the student gets the most out of the class and the course.
What’s the best thing about studying at Strathclyde?
The people are very friendly and the city is beautiful.
What specialist knowledge/professional skills have you developed studying your course?
The ability to critically analyse cases, research material and academic journals to draw my own ideas and conclusions that have a sound foundation in legal research.
How is your course helping to enhance your current career and prepare you for your future career?/ What are your ambitions for the future and how do you think your time at Strathclyde will help you achieve your goals?
I have a passion for human rights law and my goal is to one day become an advocate/barrister that would specialise in human rights law in South Africa. South Africa is attempting to consolidate its democracy through constitutional, legal, and institutional reform, and in doing so has had to address major human rights injustices. Competent Human Rights law practitioners assist South Africa in addressing these human rights injustices. I believe that to become a competent human rights advocate one needs to be academically well rounded and a master’s degree in human rights law at the University of Strathclyde will help achieve this.