"Internationality in legal studies and career"
Are you interested in what legal studies in Montenegro look like? Do you think that belonging to ELSA can help you to become a better lawyer in future? What would you do at United Nations Development Programme? If so, I encourage you to read an interview with Dena Dervanovic, who is a law student doing currently her Master of Laws at Lund University and earlier she was a Vice President for Student Trainee Exchange Programme in ELSA International.
Kinga Mierzyńska: Why did you decide to study law? In retrospect are you satisfied that you have made that decision?
Dena Dervanovic: I decided to study law at the age of 12! I know, it sounds strange, but that fun-fact depicts how determined I am as a person. I was aware of what a big role law has in a society and how much can be done with it. I was always drawn to International Law in particular. Ever since I was a child, I wanted to help make a difference and I think I have made the right choice. I am truly passionate about law.
K.M.: I'm interested in what legal studies in Montenegro looks like. Could you briefly describe the system of your studies? How long they last and what opportunities you have after completing this course?
D.D.: Studies in Montenegro last 3 years for an LL.B degree. If one wants to go further, there is a possibility of studying for a Specialist degree for one year, which I did in International and European Law. An LL.M degree is obtained one year after the Specialist degree. After having obtained an either one of the aforementioned there are chances of working as an intern at the courts, law firms, companies, NGOs, governmental institutions etc.
K.M.: You got “Swedish Institute Study Scholarship” and do your Master of Laws at Lund University. You choose “International Human Rights Law” for your specialization and earlier you did your Bachelor of Laws from “International and European Law”. Why you chose precisely those two field of law?
D.D.: Like I said supra, I want to make a difference and when I was deciding on my Master Programme, it seemed quite clear to me that Human Rights Law is the area I want to specialize in. International and European Law and International Human Rights Law complement each other, making my basis for practicing law successfully that much stronger. I am very grateful that I got the opportunity to study at Lund University thanks to the Swedish Institute.
K.M.: Could you tell me more about your work in Jus Humanis and United Nations Development Programme? What was your motivation to gain experience in these organizations?
D.D.: When it comes to the United Nations, it is something I have always wanted to try myself in. I share the UN values to the fullest extent. I did an internship at UNDP, in the Social Inclusion Cluster - Gender Programme because I have always felt strongly about gender equality and wanted to deepen my knowledge on the matter while working with the issue first-hand. It has helped me gain tremendous experience.
My work as President of Jus Humanis just commenced. Jus Humanis is a human rights organization that aims to raise awareness on human rights issues all over the world. I find it important to discuss human rights issues on every level: locally, nationally, internationally. We are trying to do that with Jus Humanis. We organize local events that tackle national and international issues. I think it is quite important to take part in the discussion on human rights issues, even whilst still studying. I believe proactivity is very important, which probably clarifies my active involvement in any community I find myself in.
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