Testimonials

Alumnus Aalt Colenbrander: 

Alumna Daphina Misiedjan: 

  • Lots of what I currently do is linked to skills and ways of working that I learned during my master’s time at Utrecht.

    Right from the beginning of my master’s, or even before, my ambition was to pursue a PhD track afterwards. This was precisely what the Legal Research Master’s Programme equipped me for. I was lucky to partake in small-scale workshops with Prof. Leonard Besselink, who was then the Director of the Programme and who later became my PhD supervisor. I also managed to get involved with the Utrecht University Human Rights legal clinic directed by Leo Zwaak, which was also a great experience. I have great memories from my master’s period and I keep having great friendships from that time. Last but not least, I was and remain attracted to the Netherlands: beautiful cities on a human scale with lots of bikes. For me, it just could not get any better.

    I am currently a lecturer and a researcher at Leiden Law School. I am also the Academic Coordinator of their Advanced Master’s Programme in European and International Human Rights Law. I teach European human rights law, and capita selecta courses on specific human rights topics including social rights, my biggest academic passion. Lots of what I currently do is linked to skills and ways of working that I learned during my master’s time at Utrecht. For example, I train and coach our students in several aspects of legal research. I also carry out a series of workshops where I give individual feedback to our students on their master’s thesis research proposal. The academic collegiality I experienced in Utrecht has helped me get acquainted with the Dutch academic culture. This has also been handy for my current work, as I act as a bridge between our students and my colleagues at Leiden Law School, suggesting suitable supervisors for our students’ different thesis projects.

    Eduardo Arenas Catalán (Chile) 
    Alumnus Legal Research, Lecturer Leiden Law School 

  • During the Legal Research Master’s programme, students develop their own field of interest

    At the start of my legal studies, I did not expect to start my professional career as a lawyer. Nevertheless, my application for a position at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek followed naturally from my participation in the Legal Research Master’s programme. The extensive guidance by (and sometimes even team work with) university staff members like professor Anna Gerbrandy kindled my enthusiasm for the legal discipline in general and European competition law in particular. In my experience, the Legal Research Master's programme is much more than just a stepping-stone to a fruitful academic career. It allows its students to enhance their grasp of the substantive and theoretical underpinnings of their field of interests, irrespective of the career they choose to pursue.

    Arne Mombers (The Netherlands)
    Alumnus Legal Research, Lawyer at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek in Amsterdam