Hannah Richardson
University of Melbourne

"Being in the legal heart of one of the world's global capitals, and adopting a comparative approach, the CTLS is in a unique position to address some of the most pressing issues of the modern era. As the world further globalises, it will become increasingly important for law students to have an understanding of other legal systems and transnational legal issues. The CTLS has given me a more comprehensive education, one relevant to the twenty-first century. I would highly recommend the CTLS to any law student eager not only to explore fascinating legal issues but also to further a career in international or transnational law and to forge exceptional friendships."

student life

Message from the Administrative Director of CTLS to the Students of the Spring 2017 semester

Dear Students,

In Spring 2017, 43 students from home schools in 11 different countries participated in the CTLS program.

Alongside their regularly scheduled transnational, international and comparative law coursework, students attended topical weekly colloquia and special guest lectures, movie and pub nights, and a variety of social and cultural events that included a Legal London tour, a visit to the UK Supreme Court and themed afternoon teas. We also continued our exciting series of Transnational Career Talks, giving students the opportunity to engage with practitioners directly about their chosen careers and their experiences.

This semester, Professors Julie O'Sullivan, Serena Quattrocolo, Elena D'Alessandro and Ann O'Connell took students to The Hague to visit The Hague Conference on Private International Law, the International Criminal Court and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. It continues to be a pleasure for us to facilitate such visits, which, whilst being instructive in particular substantive areas, also offer CTLS students the chance to witness how lawyers from a range of different backgrounds go on to develop their careers in highly specialized settings with global reach.

Our Transnational Justice Lecture series continued with lectures by Judge Theodor Meron (President of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals) and Prof. Philippe Sands QC (Professor of Laws and Director of the Centre on International Courts and Tribunals, UCL and Founder Member of Matrix Chambers, Grays Inn, London).

In closing, let me say that I have enjoyed sharing the semester with all of you. We hope the relationships that have sprung from your semester here will continue throughout the rest of your legal careers and become part of the fabric of your lives. Please stay connected to the CTLS family!

Wishing you a happy, healthy and rewarding future,

Maike Kotterba-Wilson

Administrative Director


Center for Transnational Legal Studies
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London WC1V 6AA, United Kingdom