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A Tool for Good

FOR MORE INFORMATION
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of Laws Programs Worldwide
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Building Democracy
Obtaining an LLM degree can also help graduates who
want to work on legal reform in their home countries.
At IU, the Center for Constitutional Democracy
focuses on issues of constitutional design and how the
law can contribute to creating democratic institutions
and practices, and is intended to help countries "create a democratic society in a post-conflict zone," says
Austen Parrish, dean at Indiana University's Maurer
School of Law.
Another graduate who is putting his LLM degree
and studies at the Center for Constitutional Democracy
to work in his homeland is Dardan Berisha. He graduated in May 2016 and returned to Kosovo, which went
through a bitter armed conflict with Serbia in the late
1990s and then became an international protectorate.
Berisha says he wanted to study international and
comparative law because of his "experience living in
Kosovo. We went through the conflict and then the
international protectorate experience."
He now works as a consultant for a number of
organizations, including as an election reform expert
with the office of the president of Kosovo. He's also
working with the International Foundation for Electoral
Systems, and with the U.N. Development Programme,
attempting to clarify the fate of those who went missing
during the conflict.
Along with studying constitutional reform, Berisha
also took courses on international human rights law. "It's
very helpful to know what sorts of rights are protected by
international law, and how states should respect rights."
Kosovo's independence from Serbia is not recognized
by all nations, and because it hopes to one day join the
European Union (EU), it aims to draw up legislation in
accordance with EU law.
Those who plan to practice international law sometimes find they will "often be confronted with challenges
beyond local or regional concerns," Parrish says. "Often
human rights is closely tied to the rule of law and democratic reforms. For some countries, hiring human rights
lawyers becomes a way to legitimize a government and
move beyond divisiveness or the aftermath of civil wars."
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Obtaining an LLM degree is "a step to entering into a
network of people with similar ambitions and values,
and is a way to help open doors to a global network of
organizations," Parrish says.
LLM degree holders "use their knowledge of U.S. law
to make a positive change in their own legal system,"
says Michael Koby, associate dean of international and
graduate programs at Washington University School of
Law in St. Louis.
U.S. students benefit as well. "They get to know
students with a very different perspective on things,"
Koby says. Washington University offers an on-campus
program, as well as an online program for those who
aren't able to take time off work to attend a traditional
LLM program, and features live classes.
LLM programs aim to "bring people to a level of
understanding of where everybody comes from," as they
examine problems from all angles, says Wiessner.
St. Thomas University brings in experts in the field to
teach LLM students, including international instructors
who have worked at such organizations as UNHCR and the
International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
Pierrick Devidal obtained his LLM degree from the
University of Georgia (UGA) in 2003 after studying law
at the Université Lyon Jean Moulin 3 in Lyon, France.
"My experience at UGA was key in building a truly international and multicultural approach to my work and the
related challenges. It opened my eyes to the necessity of a
truly intercultural approach to human rights."
Devidal, who now works as personal adviser to the
president of the International Committee of the Red
Cross, grew up in southern France, not far from the
ICRC headquarters in Geneva.
Since graduating with his LLM, he's worked on a
wide range of human rights issues, including working
on asylum issues with the French government, humanitarian field work in Colombia and Sudan, and with the
U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Syria.
For those heading to a U.S. university to obtain an
LLM, their classroom work should be complemented by
experiences outside the classroom, Devidal says.
"To be a good human rights lawyer, you also need to
be street smart and have a good practical understanding
of what human rights are and how they work in practice-particularly in places where they are less respected.
The law degree will help you remain principled, but the
practical experience will teach you how to be pragmatic,
and therefore have a stronger impact on the protection
of the human rights of those who need it the most." ■
SUSAN LADIKA is a freelance writer in Tampa, Florida.


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - May/June 2017

From the Editor
Frontlines
In Brief
Global Spotlight: Middle East
Quick Questions
High Tech, High Engagement
Principled, Pragmatic, Impactful
What Happens to Study Abroad Students
Campus Profi le: Internationalization at the University of Tampa
Campus Spotlight: Internationalization at East Carolina University
Education Abroad
International Enrollment
International Student Affair
Partnering
A View From Out Here
Forum
In Focus
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - In Brief
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