Clarisse Persia

The combination of law and political science students, and the diversity of countries where they came from provided opportunity for good debate in the classroom.
Name
Clarisse Persia
Programme
European Law and Global Affairs
Country of previous education
Italy
Study start date
Previous education
Bachelor in Political Science (University of Florence)

Student Clarissa is following the Master's programme European Law and Global Affairs.

What do you like about the programme/specialisation and why?

After finishing my Bachelor’s in Italy, I started looking for a study experience, possibly abroad and one that would provide me with a solid understanding of International and European law. After comparing different universities offering the LLM in EU Law, I decided to apply for the track in European Law and Global Affairs at Radboud University because of its unique approach in combining the study of law and social science.

I found the classes very stimulating because we had both law courses and two courses offered by the Faculty of Management. The combination of law and political science students, and the diversity of countries where they came from provided opportunity for good debate in the classroom. One of the aspects that I liked most about this track is that all courses were organised differently. Some were delivered in lectures while others included small group discussions and teamwork, which made the study of the subject more practical. For instance, as part of one of our Law courses, I had the chance to practice my oral and debating skills in a moot court. In other courses, instead, we also learned how to write a policy brief and how to make an informative scientific video.

What do you find most challenging in your Master’s (specialisation)? Have you encountered any obstacles?

The programme was challenging in many ways. I had to get used to studying in a foreign language, and it took me a while to adjust to the education system, which is very demanding but in a positive way. You are required to prepare every lecture in advance and participation in class is highly encouraged. This has helped me a lot to develop my critical thinking and to be independent in my research.

Are you currently doing an internship? Or what is your thesis about?

At the moment I’m working on my thesis which deals with the legal implications of foreign interference in elections through cyber operations. Working on such a political topic gives me the feeling that I am working on something that really matters, something that is currently the focus of worldwide debate. After completing my LLM, I would like to find a job that would allow me to continue my research in this area.

Why do you think is it important that there are people out there with this degree? What are your plans once have received your Master's degree?

I think that having a political perspective on what might appear to be a legal problem, provides an important value in your research or in your future career.