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The LL.M. at St. Thomas Law has been a tremendous help in fostering the highest standards of the legal profession in my practice as a lawyer

Gunbileg Boldbaatar
Mongolia, LL.M. '05

Gunbileg Boldbaatar
Mongolia, LL.M. '05

Mr. Gunbileg Boldbaatar is the President of the Mongolian Bar Association, an organization first established in 2013. Mongolia requires that every lawyer (judge, prosecutor, advocate and other legal professionals) shall be a member of the MBA. The Bar Association shall undertake to implement such functions as to set common standards of the practice of law, the reputation and accountability of the legal profession, as well as to protect interests of lawyers, increase their knowledge and skills, participate in the selection of judges, accredit law schools and provide expert assistance with legislation.

"The LL.M. at St. Thomas Law has been a tremendous help in fostering the highest standards of the legal profession in my practice as a lawyer and now in my position as the President of the Mongolian Bar Association. I also fondly remember the program's most welcoming response to arguments presented in class by students from radically different cultures."

The LL.M. program first allowed me to introduce the human rights dimension in my work as a researcher and professor.

Dr. Mireya Maritza Peña Guzmán
Colombia, LL.M. '03

Dr. Mireya Maritza Peña Guzmán
Colombia, LL.M. '03

Dr. Peña Guzmán is Head of the Justice and Rule of Law Unit of the Rule of Law and Security Institutions Service, of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS). Her previous experience include, inter alia, service at the former peace operations in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), the Syrian Arab Republic (UNSMIS), and in Central African Republic (BINUCA) as well as in the recently-established peace operations in South Sudan (UNMISS) and Mali (MINUSMA). She also served at the Geneva HQ of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights working, inter alia, at the Human Rights Council as well as with various UN thematic Special Procedures, among others, on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, the Human Rights of Migrants, Contemporary Forms of Slavery, Cultural Rights, the rights of Indigenous peoples and violence against women.

"The LL.M. program first allowed me to introduce the human rights dimension in my work as a researcher and professor. Thereafter, it also helped me to make real my dream to work for the United Nations in the advancement of peace, development, and human rights worldwide. Now, I embrace and value diversity and intercultural dialogue in my daily work."

Influenced by The New Haven School of Jurisprudence and the idea of the 'hegemonic international law' which I learnt at St. Thomas School of Law Graduate Program in Intercultural Human Rights

Dr. Cosmin Corendea
Romania, LL.M. '06

Dr. Cosmin Corendea
Romania, LL.M. '06

Dr. Cosmin Corendea is Associate Academic Officer and Legal Expert at the United Nations University, Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), in Bonn, Germany. He is acting as focal point for legal issues associated with environmental degradation and adverse effects of climate change: institutional vulnerabilities and adaptation, climate equity, climate justice, human rights, forced migration. He conducts research on conceptual and comparative frameworks of legal perceptions of environmental vulnerabilities, resilience and sustainable development impacts with distinct and positive reflection in policy making. He is also recent recipient of the prestigious AXA Research Fellowship, a research grant allowing him to continue his research on climate change and international law.

Most importantly, Dr. Corendea is part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change team of lawyers working on drafting, finalizing and disseminating the legal text which is expected to come out of the Paris CoP 21 on Climate Change, in November-December 2015.

"Influenced by The New Haven School of Jurisprudence and the idea of the 'hegemonic international law' which I learnt at St. Thomas School of Law Graduate Program in Intercultural Human Rights, I am happy to state that I am best known for initiating and developing the concept of 'international hybrid law' in 2007 — a legal research tool which uses human rights, environmental and refugee/migration law in climate change-related case analysis,— becoming this way one of pioneer scholars in the field researching the correlation between international law and climate change."

The LL.M. and J.S.D. program at St. Thomas University School of Law is of the highest quality design of any human rights curriculum available anywhere in the world.

Dr. Mark Dell Kielsgard
United States, LL.M. '04, J.S.D. '09

Dr. Mark Dell Kielsgard
United States, LL.M. '04, J.S.D. '09

Dr. Kielsgard, a prolific scholar and human rights activist is Assistant Professor of Law and Director of Mooting and Advocacy at the City University of Hong Kong. In 2012-2013, Dr. Kielsgard was the recipient of the prestigious Myres S. McDougal Prize.

"The LL.M. and J.S.D. program at St. Thomas University School of Law is of the highest quality design of any human rights curriculum available anywhere in the world. It brings together the most respected scholars and lawyers in the field with the most diverse student body to rigorously train them to become leaders in human rights. Its reach is truly global. This program was a defining moment in my life that transformed my career and has directly led to the fulfilment of my life's work. Thanks to this program I attained the necessary expertise to become a law professor, scholar and human rights activist. In addition to teaching at my home institution in Hong Kong I have been honoured to lecture in Cambodia, mainland China, Armenia and North America to students, NGO's and International Court personnel. The track record of St. Thomas' graduates is extraordinary with many going on to careers in academia, and public and private sector positions that greatly impact human rights and human dignity."

The LL.M. Program in Intercultural Human Rights has prepared me well to meet the challenges of my job at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.

Dr. Fatima Waziri
Nigeria, LL.M. '07

Dr. Fatima Waziri
Nigeria, LL.M. '07

Dr. Waziri is Research Fellow and Head of Department of Public Law at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS) — Nigeria's apex institution for research and advanced studies in law.

"The LL.M. Program in Intercultural Human Rights has prepared me well to meet the challenges of my job at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. Officially commissioned in March 1979 as Nigeria's apex institution for research and advanced studies in law, the Institute focuses on enhancing national development. The policy-oriented jurisprudence approach I learnt at St. Thomas has been an amazing effective tool in my professional career."

All of my professional achievements are based on the cutting-edge scientific, cultural and social education provided by St. Thomas University's LL.M. Program on Intercultural Human Rights.

Dr. Silvia Maria Tăbușcă
Romania, LL.M. '04

Dr. Silvia Maria Tăbușcă
Romania, LL.M. '04

Dr. Tăbușcă is Professor of Law at the Romanian-American University School of Law and Founder and Director of the Center for Human Rights and Migration. She is also Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Romanian Academy of Sciences in Bucharest, Romania. In 2015 Silvia was nominated by the U.S. Embassy in Romania for the international award – 2015 "Hero Acting to End Modern Slavery."

"Looking back, I can say without any doubt that all of my professional achievements are based on the cutting-edge scientific, cultural and social education provided by St. Thomas University's LL.M. Program on Intercultural Human Rights. Its methodology of problem-solving and policy-oriented jurisprudence empowered me with the necessary intellectual and academic grounding for my work as a scholar, independent consultant, human rights activist, and former government representative."