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18 February 2022

MSc graduates awarded by The Society of Construction Law

Two recent graduates of the Centre of Construction Law and Dispute Resolution at The Dickson Poon School of Law have been awarded the ‘Best overall graduate’ and ‘Best dissertation’ prizes at The Society of Construction Law’s annual awards.

headshots of the two graduate prize winners, Renata Valnarova and Sherly Gunawan

The annual awards recognise the academic achievements of students graduating from Construction Law programmes in the UK. Award winners Renata Valnarova and Sherly Gunawan both completed the MSc Construction Law & Dispute Resolution programme in December 2021.

Renata was awarded ‘Best overall graduate’ prize for achieving the highest overall marks on the MSc programme at King's.

Renata said, “I am extremely honoured to have won The Society of Construction Law’s award for 'Best Overall Graduate’. The recognition of my academic achievements by such a well-known and respected organisation in the field of construction law is a great privilege. Winning the prize motivates me to continue developing my knowledge and experience in dispute resolution, procurement and contract management.

Being taught at King’s by renowned practitioners in the industry has been of great benefit, with their extensive, varied experience and interesting insights of real-life scenarios. What I enjoyed the most about the MSc programme was the continuous encouragement of discussions with my fellow students, all respected professionals with various backgrounds, on key construction law issues. This has not only helped me understand the topics taught but also has broadened my network and has made me explore my peers' perspectives."

Renata Valnarova (MSc Construction Law & Dispute Resolution, 2022)

Sherly Gunawan received the ‘Best dissertation’ prize. Her paper looks at whether investment treaty arbitration should remain a viable option for investors in cross-border construction projects, by considering the wide-ranging COVID-19 governmental measures and their varying degrees of impacts on multiple aspects of construction projects.

Sherly, who studied on the MSc programme as a Chevening Scholar, said:

I am beyond elated that my dissertation received a distinction mark and was awarded the ‘Best Dissertation’ prize from The Society of Construction Law. It was a privilege to have Professor Renato Nazzini supervise my dissertation. He deserves my utmost gratitude for sharing with me his wealth of knowledge and providing me with constructive and insightful feedback throughout the dissertation writing process.

Sherly Gunawan (MSc Construction Law & Dispute Resolution, 2022)

"Due to the novelty nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, writing on this subject has been a particularly stimulating and challenging experience. I am so grateful to have been afforded such a rewarding opportunity to explore and write something that responds to the challenges imposed by the ongoing pandemic."

Since graduating, Sherly has continued working as a Senior Associate at Dentons Hanafiah Ponggawa & Partners law firm in Indonesia, and Renata has continued working as a Senior Project Manager in the consulting business at Lendlease, a global real estate and investment group.

Read Sherly Gunawan's dissertation

‘Extra-Contractual Remedies under Investment Treaties for Foreign Investors in Cross-Border Construction Projects in the Time of Coronavirus: An Arsenal Worth Considering?’

Read Renata Valnarova's dissertation

'The Minefield of Concurrent Delay: The Controversy of Time in NEC4 – Does Concurrency (Not) Exist?'

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Renato Nazzini

Director of the Centre of Construction Law and Dispute Resolution