First days in Oxford as Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholar

I start this post with a joke we developed during the last 5 days, which we now refer to as a “pasta" joke!

During one of the breakfasts with my fellow scholars, I asked my friend Aditta to pass me pasta. He was shocked saying “What “pasta” do you mean?! We don’t have an Italian food here, do we?!”.

OMG! This was what I meant!

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I explained that it is how we call “"spread” in Russian. He started to laugh like crazy asking me “But what do you call pasta in Russian”. I said that we call it “Pasta”! :) Since then, every breakfast we started with the “pasta” joke!

This week was one of the most enriching experience I had so far. Never ever have I thought that you can go as far discussing what freedom actually means at the Moral Philosophy Seminars. People with engineering and environmental background spoke of ideas I would have never thought about with my legal background. I pushed the boundaries of what I would now call a rather limited outlook of the concepts of leadership, freedom, rights and international justice.

I just leave here a question we discussed for you to think about.

There is a child drowning in the pond two steps from you. There is a child dying from Malaria at another continent, whose life you can safe contributing 10£ (we presume it is possible). Do you have an equal moral obligation (if any at all) to safe both kids? Would you feel equally guilty for not saving a child in both cases? If not, why?

Back to the funny part! Now I know why Oxford and Cambridge are rivals!

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We had a tour around Oxford, and our guide explained that in 12th century a group of student were unsatisfied with other Oxford students, who were mostly chilling rather than studying. So, they moved to the town on the River Cam at the north of London and established their own university there.

It makes sense now, because I heard from Cambridge graduates that they studied all the time, while I would say that Oxford is very good at balancing social life and studying.

We also had amazing dinners with great people, where we spoke about leadership a lot, but apart from that….just have a look…

Our cohort is amazing! And next year you can also be a part of it, because applications for the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarships are now open! Go to whtrust.org to find out.

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I now have loads of work to do and thing to learn about Oxford colleges, libraries, IT services, etc. So, that is what I do at the moment, but I decided it would be great idea to let you know what I was doing for the past 5 days.

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The last thing I want to tell you is that if you read this post to this point you can definitely achieve anything you want! I believe in you!

Voilà!

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How I went to the Hague Academy of International Law with scholarship

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Hi! This August I spent 3 weeks in the Hague Academy of International Law in the Netherlands. Every day I had lectures two steps away from the International Court of Justice. I was also lucky to attend the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal and the Embassies of Iraq and Malaysia. 

We had a special lecture on the Permanent Court of Arbitration with its Deputy Secretary-General and Principal Legal Counsel, Brooks Daly, as well as a lecture on the International Court of Justice by Florence Zaoui, who is the Legal Officer at the International Court of Justice.

There is only one way to attend the Academy - submit an application form. You will provide regular information about yourself and your previous studies. BUT! You can also apply for the scholarship, which covers almost all expenses.

If you want to receive the scholarship, apart from the regular application, you have to be a student (bachelor or master levels), submit a letter of motivation and ask one of your professors to give you the recommendation letter.

Motivation letter

In the motivation letter I recommend to indicate a number of things:

1) Tell about yourself and how you are involved with international law. Try to describe what attracts you in international law or what motivates you to study it. Be specific, give an example, which proves your point.

2) Describe your career plans. Include both short-term and long-term objectives.

3) Tell the Academy why you want to attend it, how it will influence your studies or foster your career opportunities.

4) Remember that people who read your letter are also humans, so do not write unsupported statements and things everyone can find on the internet in sample motivation letters.

Recommendation letter

Ask your referee to point out why you are a good student, whether you are diligent with attending the classes and preparing homework. Ask the referee to indicate your extracurricular activities and your abilities to build networks with various people, generate ideas and effectively implement them.

The Academy has also launched the winter courses, so you have plenty options as to the attendance periods.

Comment down below for any queries! Good luck!

 

Breaking into Arbitration

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