What has been your biggest achievement during your course so far?

My significant accomplishments encompass feeling integrated into a vibrant academic environment, receiving guidance on the subject matter from a like-minded supervisor, and contributing to the research and teaching atmosphere of the school and university. I have had opportunities to contribute to the research and teaching atmosphere of both the school and the university through various roles, including serving as a PGR Ambassador, PG Teaching Assistant, Deputy Lead of the Human Rights, Power and Accountability Research Theme, and Assistant to the Law School Communication Lead.

What are the best things about your course?

The highlights of my course include access to excellent campus facilities that provide a conducive environment for peaceful research, availability of essential digital materials, support and guidance from motivating supervisors, active involvement in meaningful roles within the university, college, and school, participation in research-conducting workshops, and opportunities for self-enhancement in both teaching and research abilities.

Tell us about yourself and your journey to postgraduate study.

In line with my interest, I was awarded a scholarship to study abroad and I pursued my master’s degree at LSE, where I attended courses on human rights and public international law to enhance my knowledge in the field. Throughout my master’s education, I grasped that the issue of universality has been a central concern across various international law fields. This ranges from the effectiveness of international criminal law to the implementation of human rights principles in various contexts. I also recognised that criticisms against this assertive claim might contribute to a more effective operation of international mechanisms, or at least aid in understanding the root causes of their ineffectiveness. Motivated by a desire to deepen my knowledge in the field and contribute to the existing literature, I have decided to pursue my PhD studies at the University of Birmingham.

What was your motivation for postgraduate study?

As a law student during my undergraduate years, courses in Public International Law and Human Rights played a crucial role in helping me appreciate and understand the intricate relationship and potential conflict between the traditional values shaping societies and the set of norms accepted on the international stage. Thanks to these courses, the idea of universality in human rights fueled my determination to become a researcher in international law. It seemed challenging to strike a balance between the traditional values and the norms of international human rights in some contexts, prompting me to delve deeper into the question of the universality and particularity of human rights.