UNISCA: An ideal environment to be professionally challenged
PPLE student Michael Collyer, majoring in law, took part in the Model UN summer school at the University of Amsterdam: UNISCA.
'I decided to join the International Court of Justice (ICJ) Lawyer Programme as I had recently completed the Privacy Minor Moot Court and wanted to further develop my legal research and practical court skills. The ICJ Programme is divided into 2 parts, the first week consists of lectures based on contemporary topics such as maritime security and during the second week, there is a unique opportunity to put the theory into practice. Not only did I gain a thorough understanding of the processes of the ICJ but I also learnt firsthand how to present and argue a case in front of a panel of judges.'
Performing in public
'The timing of the ICJ Programme was perfect. Having just completed the Public International Law course (Year 2 PPLE Law Specialisation) it allowed for a natural progression from classroom learning to performing in public, offering an ideal environment to be professionally challenged. The ICJ Programme exceeded my expectations because the court simulation, which was expertly managed and educational, was complemented by social activities organised by the UNISCA, allowing all of us to get to know each other in a more relaxed setting.'
Step out of your comfort zone
'For students that want to experience how to create, improve and plead a case, I highly recommend that they join the ICJ Lawyer Programme. If law is not your area of interest, then perhaps consider the UNISCA MUN simulation, where you can actively participate as a delegate. Both programmes offer valuable experiences and academic credits. Before joining make sure you do your homework on which option works best for you and be prepared to step out of your comfort zone.'