LALIVE and the MIDS

Building on its strong relationship with the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and the University of Geneva, LALIVE is proud to support the Graduate Institute’s MIDS- Geneva LL.M. in International Dispute Settlement.

Since 2019, the firm provides a full scholarship, covering the full tuition fees and living expenses of one student for the duration of the one year programme.

As part of the curriculum, the firm offers a half-day seminar on the practice of international arbitration, with a particular focus on commercial arbitration proceedings. Through this, the firm aims to provide practical training to students wishing to pursue a career this field of law, including by spending time with LALIVE partners and counsel, who will offer first-hand experience and advice.

In addition, the firm offers an average of five internship positions to MIDS students for a duration of six months, working on the firm’s international commercial and investment treaty arbitration cases.

Over the years, a number of these interns have joined the firm as associates. LALIVE currently counts ten lawyers, including four partners, who trained at the Graduate Institute, nine of them practicing exclusively in international arbitration.

 

The 2022-2023 scholarship was awarded to Ms. Lakshana R.

What motivated you to undertake this course at the MIDS?

I believe in infinite possibilities. My successful application to the MIDS and receipt of the generous LALIVE scholarship are testimony to that. Having worked in international commercial and investment treaty arbitration for 3 years based out of Mumbai, I was keen to further globalise my career and gain international exposure. It was a natural choice to explore the MIDS LLM, which is widely-regarded as the best masters program in law, focused on dispute resolution.

What are you enjoying most about the experience so far?

The MIDS LLM has shown me infinite possibilities and beyond. My favourite part about the MIDS is the incredible networking opportunities it creates, which I was well-equipped to capitalize on, thanks to the excellent career counselling provided by the MIDS. In fact, every MIDS event, including the academic moot and the FIAA workshop served as great platforms to not only hone essential lawyering skills, but also to build meaningful and lasting relationships.

Which areas in international dispute resolution appeal to you?

I greatly enjoyed my tryst with investment treaty arbitration during my time at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co, Mumbai, where I worked with Dr Rishab Gupta, who is now an independent barrister at Twenty Essex, London / Singapore. The MIDS general course with Dr Zachary Douglas KC and the MIDS intensive course with Dr Georgios Petrochilos KC have further reaffirmed my keen interest in the field.

Once you complete the course, what would you ideally like the next step of your career to be?

I wish to continue seeking infinite possibilities after the MIDS. I will continue working in international arbitration in a major commercial hub like London, constantly challenging myself, learning, growing and thriving.

The 2021-2022 scholarship was awarded to Ms. Veronica Bulatova

What motivated you to undertake this course at the MIDS?

I got passionate about international arbitration through participation in different arbitration moot courts and was looking for an LL.M. program which would deal specifically with international dispute settlement. Among many other similar LL.M. programs, the MIDS attracted me by its balance between international arbitration and public international law as well as an outstanding faculty comprising reputed academia and arbitration practitioners from all around the world.

I also got interested in the MIDS because of its career opportunities upon graduation, developed alumni network and unique curriculum features (academic trips to Paris and the Hague, academic retreat in the form of a moot court held in Château de Bossey, FIAA workshop on cross-examination in international arbitration).

Finally, the MIDS gives a chance to pursue the program with a full scholarship it manages, and I am extremely grateful to LALIVE for awarding me its scholarship without which my MIDS experience would not have been possible.

What are you enjoying most about the experience so far?

My year at the MIDS met my expectations. I really enjoyed a perfect combination of theory and practice in our classes as well as heated discussions we had sharing experience and knowledge of different jurisdictions. What I will cherish throughout the years – is the friendship that I built with my classmates and the sense of being a part of a big MIDS family that is ready to support and mentor you.

Which areas in international dispute resolution appeal to you?

I am interested in all aspects of international dispute settlement taught at the MIDS, but among areas of my particular interest I can name investment arbitration because of a mixture of public international law, investment law and international arbitration.

Once you complete the course, what would you ideally like the next step of your career to be?

I am eager to apply knowledge and skills obtained at the MIDS in practice by pursuing an internship in a law firm dealing with investment arbitration, international commercial arbitration and public international law.

The 2020-2021 scholarship was awarded to Mr. Gracious Avayiwoe

What motivated you to undertake this course at the MIDS?

Having previously undertaken an LL.M. in international law with an emphasis on the substantive elements of its public and private dimensions, I developed an interest and passion to pursue an advanced LL.M. on the procedural and practical application. The MIDS LL.M. emerged as the ideal programme in that regard. I chose it for its outstanding curriculum and reputation as the world’s leading programme in international dispute settlement. I am forever grateful to LALIVE to have generously offered me a full scholarship to undertake the study.

What are you enjoying most about the experience so far?

The pandemic notwithstanding, my hitherto experience at the MIDS has been splendid. The programme’s content is enlightening and intriguing. The superb professor-student camaraderie, the frequent dinners with classmates, and the scenic beauty of the city indeed remain to be cherished for a lifetime. I should also mention the magnificent view – especially during zoom classes – from the study section of my room overlooking Lake Geneva and the headquarters of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) of the United Nations. It is refreshing!

Which areas in international dispute resolution appeal to you?

I find appealing Commercial Arbitration, Investment Arbitration, WTO dispute settlement, UNCLOS dispute settlement, and the International Court of Justice (ICJ) procedures. My MIDS LL.M. dissertation – under the supervision of Professor Marcelo Kohen – is on ICJ dispute settlement, specifically the ‘may be affected’ requirement and the jurisprudence of non-party intervention.

Once you complete the course, what would you ideally like the next step of your career to be?

I hope to undertake an internship, preferably in Europe – with a focus on dispute settlement practices – to enable me to build on the acquired knowledge from the programme.

The 2019-2020 scholarship was awarded to Mr. Opemipo Omoyeni

What motivated you to undertake this course at the MIDS?

Having previously undertaken an LL.M. in international law with an emphasis on the substantive elements of its public and private dimensions, I developed an interest and passion to pursue an advanced LL.M. on the procedural and practical application. The MIDS LL.M. emerged as the ideal programme in that regard. I chose it for its outstanding curriculum and reputation as the world’s leading programme in international dispute settlement. I am forever grateful to LALIVE to have generously offered me a full scholarship to undertake the study.

What are you enjoying most about the experience so far?

The pandemic notwithstanding, my hitherto experience at the MIDS has been splendid. The programme’s content is enlightening and intriguing. The superb professor-student camaraderie, the frequent dinners with classmates, and the scenic beauty of the city indeed remain to be cherished for a lifetime. I should also mention the magnificent view – especially during zoom classes – from the study section of my room overlooking Lake Geneva and the headquarters of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) of the United Nations. It is refreshing!

Which areas in international dispute resolution appeal to you?

I find appealing Commercial Arbitration, Investment Arbitration, WTO dispute settlement, UNCLOS dispute settlement, and the International Court of Justice (ICJ) procedures. My MIDS LL.M. dissertation – under the supervision of Professor Marcelo Kohen – is on ICJ dispute settlement, specifically the ‘may be affected’ requirement and the jurisprudence of non-party intervention.

Once you complete the course, what would you ideally like the next step of your career to be?

I hope to undertake an internship, preferably in Europe – with a focus on dispute settlement practices – to enable me to build on the acquired knowledge from the programme.

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