05 March 2018
Postgraduate prize winners
The Dickson Poon School of Law offers over 30 postgraduate prizes. Prizes are either funded by the School or made possible by generous sponsorship from alumni and partners. Find out more about the winners in the latest round, below.
Congratulations to our postgraduate student prizewinners. The Dickson Poon School of Law offers over 30 postgraduate prizes. Prizes are either funded by the School or made possible by generous sponsorship from alumni and partners. Find out more about the winners in the latest round, below.
Natalie Sedacca - Prizes for best student and best dissertation / writing project, on the Transnational Law LLM 2016/17
‘I’m delighted and grateful to have been awarded the prizes for best student, and best dissertation / writing project, on the Transnational Law LLM 2016/17. My experience at King’s was fantastic, providing the perfect stepping stone from legal practice to doctoral study. I would like to thank all staff, particularly my dissertation supervisor Dr Eva Pils for her excellent and thought-provoking teaching and guidance, and Transnational Law pathway leader Professor Peer Zumbansen for inspiration and opportunities to broaden my horizons.’
Braccia, Mariano - Prize for best student on the LLM in International Tax Law
'I am deeply honoured to have been awarded The Dickson Poon School of Law Prize for best student on the LLM in International Tax Law. Having had the privilege of studying international tax law at one of the best universities in the world under the leadership of Professor Jonathan Schwarz, a prominent expert in the area, I have had the unique opportunity to gauge the pulse of an unprecedented time for international tax cooperation. Such a rewarding academic and personal experience would not have been possible without the encouragement of the outstanding lecturers, fellow students and King’s personnel who enthusiastically inspired me to get the most out of my postgraduate studies in the UK. I would like to specially thank the Yeoh Tiong Lay LLM Scholarship Programme and the Chevening Programme for their generosity and support. Finally, I cannot emphasise enough the importance of Professor Jonathan Schwarz’s contribution to forge critical thinking and problem-solving skills into the King’s LLM in International Tax Law, which I strongly recommend to those who aspire to excel in such a challenging area.'
Kiliane Huyghebaert - Prize for best dissertation LLM International dispute resolution and best student on the LLM in International Dispute Resolution
'I feel honoured and grateful to have been awarded the prize for Best Dissertation by a student on the LLM International Dispute Resolution. This prize brings a close to my fantastic and enriching journey at King’s College. I would like to thank King’s College for offering me this opportunity and my lecturers for their dedication and encouragement.'
Guy Vouha - The Dickson Poon School of Law Prize for best dissertation/writing project on the LLM in International Tax Law
I firmly believe that the recipe for success is hard work + a passion for what you do. This prize is a testament to that belief. However, this achievement was facilitated by a well-taught course that enabled me to grasp the basic concepts of taxation before gradually moving to more advanced areas of contention. For that, I extend my gratitude to Professor Jonathan Schwarz, Ms Kelly Stricklin-Coutinho and, Mr Tom Wesel.
I dedicate this award to Athanase Vouha, my mother, for it is undoubtedly her unwavering faith and support that pushed me to strive for excellence. Last but not least, I would like to thank the Norman Spink Estate for granting me a scholarship to study the LLM. Without its financial support, I would not have the privileged of accepting this great prize. I am deeply grateful.
Jay Williams - The Dickson Poon School of Law Prize for best student on the Master of Arts in Global Ethics and Human Values
'I feel incredibly honoured to win such a reputable prize, especially given the calibre of the students in my class. I have enjoyed every minute of studying at King's; the lectures were interactive, inclusive and thoroughly compelling. I am indebted to my lecturers and my family for the support and guidance they have given me throughout the duration of this course.'
Amanda Cham - The Dickson Poon School of Law Prize for best student on the LLM in International Business Law
'It is no exaggeration to describe this academic year as life-changing. My experience at King's has enhanced my legal training and endowed me with the skills, networks and career prospects necessary to imbue progressive change. Winning the Dickson Poon School of Law Prize for best student on the LLM in International Business Law is the icing on the cake. To this, I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to Professor Djakhongir Saidov, Professor Robert Chambers and Mr James Lee whom have inspired me to achieve greater heights academically and personally. Above all, I am very honoured to have received this award and my experience at King's is definitely a chapter of my life that I will constantly draw on.'
Joanna Didisheim - The Dickson Poon School of Law Prize for best student on the LLM in International Dispute Resolution
I am thankful and honored to be awarded this prize. I will now start practicing law motivated and ready to tackle the challenges that may come. This recognition marks a beautiful ending to a memorable year, and I would like to thank the many people who contributed to the wonderful time I had : The staff at King’s, the professors, my parents, with their constant support, and, last but not least, all of the friends I’ve made. I certainly would not have had these results without our Maughan Library meet-ups, and, more importantly, every other great moment that we shared all around London.'
Eugene Welter - The Dickson Poon School of Law Prize for best student on the LLM in International Business Law
Being awarded The Dickson Poon School of Law Prize for best student on the LLM in International Business Law is a great honour. I would like to thank the outstanding lecturers and fellow students who defined this year by their excellence and their passion for law. I am particularly grateful to my dissertation supervisor, Professor Dionysia Katelouzou, for her unwavering support and instant belief in my abilities. My King's College journey has been a hugely satisfying and inspirational one which I will look back on fondly in years to come.
Julie Anciaux - The Dickson Poon School of Law Prize for best dissertation/writing project on the LLM in European Law
Winning The Dickson Poon School of Law Prize for the best dissertation/writing project on the LLM in EU Law is a major achievement and yet an unexpected honour. I am deeply grateful for the help, amount of time and effort my supervisor Professor Robert McCracken has taken to advise me during the writing process of my dissertation. I strongly recommend those who have an interest in EU environmental law to apply for his lecture and be inspired by his passion and knowledge.
My year at King’s College London has been an incredible experience on so many levels. I had the opportunity of learning from outstanding professors, studying in the heart of London in one of the greatest institutions and meeting amazing people from all over the globe who made this year an unforgettable experience.
Marianna Meriani – The Dickson Poon School of Law Prize for best student on the LLM in Competition Law
I am deeply honoured to have been awarded the prize for the Best student on the LLM in Competition law. The LLM at King's College has been fundamental for my professional growth and goals. It allowed me to study in a very challenging environment, surrounded by students coming from different legal backgrounds and by well-known professors, to whom I am very grateful. I would like to thank all professors with whom I had the great opportunity to spend an incredibly formative year and to enhance my legal skills and knowledge and, in particular, professors Andrea Biondi, David Bailey, Alison Jones, William Kovacic and Andrea Appella.
Roberto Manuel Burgos Pinto - The Dickson Poon School of Law Prize for best student on the LLM (General pathway)
I am honoured to have been awarded The Dickson Poon School of Law Prize for best student of the LLM (General Pathway). Thank you to all the professors who guided me during my studies, especially Professor Peer Zumbansen and Dr Eva Pils. The debates held during their classes were a fruitful opportunity for exchanging different legal perspectives, taking into consideration the variety of backgrounds of all the students in the programme.
I thank all my colleagues, some of whom are now friends for life. I would also like to thank the Chilean Government for granting me a scholarship to study at King’s College London (KCL) (Advanced Human Capital Programme of the Chilean National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research - CONICYT, Becas Chile Magíster en el Extranjero-2016, No. 73171373). I am deeply grateful to my family as well, whose support was crucial for achieving the successful experience of studying abroad.
I strongly recommend studying at The Dickson Poon School of Law at KCL because of its world-renowned academic faculty.
Christian Schultz – The Dickson Poon School of Law Prize for best dissertation/writing project on the LLM in Intellectual Property & Information Law
I am honoured and grateful to receive the Dickson Poon School of Law prize for the best dissertation on the IP & Information Law pathway. Building on the modules throughout the year, the dissertation provided a fantastic opportunity to pursue research in this field from an original angle. The open environment at King’s but most importantly the encouragement and guidance from Dr. Emily Hudson allowed me to go off-piste into an empirical analysis of law which made this project so rewarding. For all this, I would like to thank the academic community at King’s.
Alexandra Ruiz De Villa - The Dickson Poon School of Law Prize for best student on the LLM (General) and best dissertation/writing project on the LLM (General)
'It is in an honour to end an already incredible year on such a high note. I am nothing but grateful to have had the opportunity to study in such a diverse and welcoming environment, with such inspiring professors, and friends who not only have accompanied me in my academic journey, but that I am sure will continue to accompany me as we go our different (and yet crisscrossing) paths. I would like to give a special mention to Peer Zumbansen, whose enlightened outlook has really made an impact on how I approach both reading and writing; an outlook that will accompany me long after my journey at King’s. Looking back on all of it now: the friends, the learning, but particularly the unexpected little moments at the heart of London… I am filled with gratitude and eagerness as to what may come next.'
Stephen Moul – The Dickson Poon School of Law Prize for best overall results for the Master of Arts in Medical Ethics & Law, best dissertation for the Master of Arts in Medical Ethics & Law and best Ethics coursework result
'Being awarded the Professor Sir Eric Scowen, Eleanor Betsy Scowen and Tempany prizes has come as a huge shock and delight to me. My year studying for the MA in Medical Ethics and Law has been the most enjoyable and rewarding of my academic life and I am so very grateful to be praised for something that I have so profoundly loved doing. In particular, I would like to thank Penney Lewis, Pat Walsh and Jill Craigie for their guidance and support throughout the year and for enduring my impetuous and often tangential questions. I would also like to thank my wife Emma for sacrificing her time and personal projects to sustain me psychologically and nutritionally as the dissertation deadline loomed. Reflecting on the year, I think I have learnt two important lessons: 1. Challenge your opinions, 2. Listen to others. I hope to bear these things in mind regardless of what I end up doing next, although I hope that this degree will open up new opportunities in a field that I have very much valued being a part of.'
Ines Schapira - The Dickson Poon School of Law Prize for best student on the LLM in International Dispute Resolution
It is a great honour to be awarded The Dickson Poon School of Law Prize for the best student on the LLM in International Dispute Resolution. My student experience at The Dickson Poon School of Law was highly rewarding as it allowed me to expand to an international level the skills and knowledge I had acquired from my previous studies and to broaden my personal and professional horizons.
I take this opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude to Nicola Palmer for her intellectual stimulus, especially in the International and Transnational Criminal Law module, which provided me with a critical understanding of the main ongoing developments in international criminal law. I also would like to thank The Dickson Poon School for organising throughout the year so many diverse and eye-opening conferences. I had for example the pleasure to attend a one-week intensive lecture taught by Dipika Jain on “Law and Desire in India” which will long be remembered.
Jenna Abraham - The Dickson Poon School of Law Prize for best student on the Master of Arts in Global Ethics and Human Values, best dissertation on the Master of Arts in Global Ethics and Human Values and best Ethics essay result
I’m very honoured to have won the Dickson Poon School of Law prizes for best dissertation and for best student on the Master of Arts in Global Ethics and Human Values, and the Tempany prize in Global Ethics and Human Values for best Ethics essay. This programme gave me the opportunity to wrestle with the wealth of endlessly complex, interesting, and difficult ethical questions at the intersection of conceptual analysis and human cooperation. I leave more curious and uncertain than when I began, and with deep appreciation for my instructors, my supervisor Alan Coffee, and my brilliant fellow candidates
Hannah Sarkio - The Dickson Poon School of Law Prize for best student on the LLM in Competition Law
It is a great honour to receive the Dickson Poon School of Law Prize for best student on the LLM in Competition Law. I feel very fortunate to have been recognised for the work that I truly enjoyed. This prize is a great conclusion for an inspirational year at King's College, which allowed me not only to enrich my skills in several respects but also to learn from the world's leading experts on competition law in an intellectually stimulating environment and alongside so many brilliant fellow students. I am grateful to all my professors, and especially to my dissertation supervisor Peter Alexiadis, for thought-provoking teaching. Their encouragement to challenge my way of thinking and explore new ideas served as a source of inspiration and motivated me to strive for the best possible results. I would also like to express my gratitude to all classmates who made my year at King's College such an unforgettable experience.
Konstantina Perifanou – The Dickson Poon School of Law Prize for best student on the LLM in International Financial Law
I am honoured to have been awarded the prize for best student in International Financial Law and it has been a great pleasure completing the course. I am very thankful that I had the opportunity to learn from excellent professors that are experts in their field and who sprang my interest for financial law. I am also grateful to be surrounded by brilliant colleagues who inspired me and contributed to my academic growth. I recommend this course to anyone who wishes to develop a more practical perspective of law and learn about the intricate legal issues that the financial markets present.
Ariane Belanger – The Dickson Poon School of Law Prize for best student in the LLM Intellectual Property and Information Law and best student on the LLM in Intellectual Property & Information Law
I am deeply grateful to have been awarded the Dickson Poon School of Law Prize for best student on the LLM in Intellectual Property & Information Law as well as the Frederick Mostert Prize for best student in the LLM Intellectual Property & Information Law. My experience at King's College London has been highly rewarding and I had the opportunity to learn from world-renowned experts and inspiring mentors. The LLM has undeniably given me the tools to be prepared to undertake forthcoming challenges in my career and I am truly honored to be a King's College London alumni.