Centre for Law and Global Justice awarded two Vice Chancellor Scholarships

Two new international students will join the School of Law and Politics this September after being awarded prestigious Vice Chancellor Scholarships.

The Centre for Law and Global Justice has been awarded the two scholarship opportunities for students Lyla Latif from Kenya who will research the intersection of health law and Islamic law and Mulugeta Sisay from Ethiopia who will research land, infrastructure and environment in East Africa.

The availability of these scholarships was widely advertised in East Africa and attracted an excellent field, drawing attention to the opportunities for international scholarship available at Cardiff School of Law and Politics.

Schools were permitted to nominate two candidates to be considered by a selection panel composed of the three College Deans for Postgraduate Research and chaired by the Pro Vice Chancellor for International and Europe.

The Centre supports high quality research and teaching across the School on issues of law, justice, globalization, with a particular focus on the global south and informed by post- and anti-colonial perspectives. Its membership is interdisciplinary with staff from law, Ambreena Manji and John Harrington, working together with international relations colleagues Sara Dezalay and Branwen Gruffydd Jones, as well as Huw Williams from Philosophy.

The Centre engages actively with scholars from the global south across the disciplines in this work, offering them a platform to bring their work to prominence among academic and policy circles in the UK and Europe. It enjoys partnerships with law schools, research institutes and human rights foundations in India, Kenya, Tanzania and the UK. Centre members supervise funded students working on areas such as surrogacy regulation in India, devolution and health care in Kenya, refugee policy in South Eastern Europe and child labour and human rights in South Asia. The Centre runs a global law clinic programme unique in the UK to work on human rights cases overseas, in partnership with Deighton, Pierce Glyn solicitors, Amnesty International, the Legal and Human Rights Centre (Dar es Salaam), the Katiba (Constitution) Institute (Nairobi) and the Hingorani Foundation (Delhi).

Commenting on the doctoral scholarship awards, Head of the School of Law and Politics, René Lindstädt, said: “We are very excited to welcome Lyla and Mulugeta to the School in September. They are great additions to the Centre for Law and Global Justice and the School more broadly. The School of Law and Politics has a well-established international profile and has been very successful in attracting excellent scholars from around the world. The recruitment of Lyla and Mulugeta continues this successful tradition.”