Faisal M. Ateeq
- Course: International Law and Global Governance LLM
- Year of graduation: May 2022
- Nationality: Bahraini
Please tell us a bit about yourself.
I am from the Kingdom of Bahrain, an island in the heart of the Arabian Gulf in the Middle east. I completed my LLB at the University of Bahrain in 2020. Being an Arab has tremendously affected my perception of how laws are essential in creating a peaceful and more just world. I have always believed in the role of international law in shaping our present and future alike, but this could not happen unless we understand international law deeply and as a scientific endeavour.
As they say international law usually come to the picture in time of crises, so my region is the perfect arena for international law. That’s why I firmly believe that specialising in international law could help in increasing stability and prosperity globally.
What made you want to apply to your course and to Leeds?
Applying to study at the University of Leeds is crucial decision. I have chosen to study LLM in International Law and Global governance in Leeds because of the special nature of the program. The program is designed to equip the students with new critical approaches to international law. I think this way of studying international law is very central to comprehend the global challenges that we are facing together today, such as climate change, global health regulations and the regulations of the oceans. That’s why international law at the University of Leeds does not merely look at the technicality of international law, but we explore the emergence of new area of global governance as a candidate for a contemporary global law.
What is it that makes you passionate about your area of study?
Because it is relevance to our daily issues. Law generally exists in every aspect of our life. International law is becoming part of our daily life as well. For example, how rules are decided by states’ delegations behind the scenes on climate change polices or on tackling global pandemics is relevant to individuals as well. So having knowledge about these issues and empowered by the theocratical approaches, individuals can make difference on these policies as well as academics in the field of international law.
What do you think of your course so far – what aspects of the course have you enjoyed the most or are looking forward to the most?
As my course was mainly about international law and how can be approached from different theoretical angels, I mostly enjoyed engaging in these debates. However, the debates were not completely abstract, my seminar tutors were aware of the current developments so I had the opportunity to link these debates with what is happing with states and inter-governmental organisations policies.
What would you say about the learning facilities at the University of Leeds?
The University of Leeds provides a unique opportunity of hybrid learning experience. I had the chance to attend several workshops on campus and face-to-face seminars. The staff in the School of Law are really supportive and helpful. They are always there if you wanted any kind of support.
How would you describe the student support and community at Leeds? Have you taken part in any co-curricular or social events you would like to mention?
The social events were a good opportunity for Masters students to get together especially in the circumstances of the COVID-19. The university runs a continuous virtual Café giving international students the opportunity to talk together on normal, social topics. I still remember the social event prepared by the School of Law in the Leeds University Union (LUU). It was an amazing experience where I met lots of friends who I still keep in contact with.
What do you think about Leeds as a city?
I usually think of Leeds as the mini-London of the UK. It is a wonderful city. There are many activities that suites everyone. Green landscapes, shopping centres, fine restaurants, and pubs. It is the ideal city for socialising.
What would you say to anyone thinking of applying to your course?
I would highly recommend applying to the LLM in international law and Global Governance. It is the course that addresses the 21st century challenges from the perspectives of international law. In other words, the course is challenging your presupposition about law, international law, and the role of other actors on the global plane.
What do you plan to do once you’ve finished your course? What are you career aspirations?
I am planning to pursue a PhD in Law. International law is a fascinating subject to study and practise. My passion to international law derives me to explore it more and I have many questions regarding this area of law.