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LLM International Development Law and Human Rights student — Nayantara Sriram

Nayantara Sriram is studying LLM International Development Law and Human Rights at the University of Warwick

Why did you choose this institution and course?

After reading LLB Law at the University of Leicester, I became extremely interested in pursuing a job at the United Nations (UN).

I was given the opportunity to intern at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland, working on legal definitions to be discussed at the Member State Mechanism (MSM) and Working Group on counterfeit and falsified medication in the Essential Medicines Unit.

This experience, plus the knowledge that I needed a Masters degree to work in a UN agency, instilled in me the desire to study a postgraduate degree in international development law and human rights.

I was really impressed by the University of Warwick course. The programme's content seemed so interesting, as it covered topics that I was passionate about.

What does your dissertation involve?

It's focused on modern slavery as a cause and consequence of gender inequality. It critically reviews UN documents and country visits, focusing on contextual and historical underpinnings of race, patriarchy and the slave trade, as well as a transition to contemporary slavery. It also investigates the adverse effects of violence against women, and the rights of the victims.

How are you funding postgraduate study?

There are significant scholarship and bursary opportunities at the university, but I am self-funded and have family support.

What are your plans for after graduation?

The programme has prepared me for a career within an international organisation, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), or even in law. I feel the skills and knowledge that I’ve gained will be transferable into any avenue I choose later in life.

After I graduate, I will be interning at UNAIDS within the Office of Security and Humanitarian Affairs, plus writing a policy paper for CEDAW South Asia on sexual health, reproductive rights and identity in aid of the elimination of violence against women.

What advice would you give to those considering the programme?

My experience at the University of Warwick has been truly incredible. I’ve learned more this year than throughout my three-year undergraduate degree.

The teaching and support systems have been great, and the passion for the course and subject matter conveyed by both the faculty and its students has made this a unique learning experience.

What’s more, the university’s facilities are very impressive. The Postgraduate Hub has provision for those looking to work on computers, as well as group study rooms and a relaxation room. The university is also fantastic for providing tips, support and activities throughout the year.

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