The Hague stint for law grad­u­ate

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DUR­ING the Ad­vance Ter­tiary Col­lege’s (ATC) 27th Grand Con­vo­ca­tion Cer­e­mony Jan 10, le­gal scholar Tan Yuan Ling com­pleted her de­gree and took her first steps into the le­gal world. She was also the lucky re­cip­i­ent of the first ever Datuk Shya­mala Ala­gen­dra Prize – a pres­ti­gious award that al­lows her to do a Macro Sys­tem Con­sul­tancy Sdn Bhd in­tern­ship at Tem­ple Gar­den's Cham­ber Of­fice at The Hague un­der the men­tor­ship of Datuk Shya­mala and renowned Karim KhanQC.

The Hague is home to the United Na­tions In­ter­na­tional Court and the In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Court, which is no co­in­ci­dence as Mem­bers of Tem­ple Gar­den Cham­bers have sub­stan­tial ex­pe­ri­ence ad­vis­ing and rep­re­sent­ing gov­ern­ments, po­lit­i­cal lead­ers, the mil­i­tary, cor­po­ra­tions, in­ter­na­tional bod­ies and vic­tim groups in In­ter­na­tional Law cases.

Ten­ants have pros­e­cuted, de­fended and in­ter­vened in the most se­ri­ous cases be­fore all in­ter­na­tional crim­i­nal courts have acted and ad­vised in lit­i­ga­tion and civil claims in var­i­ous in­ter­na­tional, re­gional and for­eign courts.

In the UK, mem­bers have been in­structed as coun­sel and ar­gued many as­pects of in­ter­na­tional law in do­mes­tic pro­ceed­ings and pub­lic in­quiries. Fur­ther­more, in ad­di­tion to work­ing in such a pres­ti­gious firm, the men­tors des­ig­nated in this award Datuk Shy­mala and Karim Khan QC are both highly dis­tin­guished le­gal pro­fes­sion­als who are among the best at what they do.

Datuk Shya­mala is the in­ter­na­tional prose­cu­tor in lead­ing cases in East Ti­mor be­fore the Spe­cial Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) and at the In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Court (ICC).

While Karim Khan QC spe­cialises in all ar­eas of pub­lic in­ter­na­tional law, in­ter­na­tional crim­i­nal and hu­man rights law, sports law, in­ter­na­tional ar­bi­tra­tion, ex­tradi- tion, me­dia law and ma­jor com­mer­cial fraud cases.

He acts for both states and in­di­vid­u­als and vic­tim groups.

Pre­vi­ously he worked as Se­nior Crown Prose­cu­tor, at the Law Com­mis­sion of Eng­land and Wales, and in the Of­fice of the Prose­cu­tor at the United Na­tions In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Tri­bunals for the For­mer Yu­goslavia and Rwanda.

There­fore, it is clear that Tan will have the ben­e­fit of re­ceiv­ing in­struc­tion from the best of the best in im­por­tant and fas­ci­nat­ing ar­eas of le­gal prac­tice that she prob­a­bly never has been ex­posed to any­where else.

ATC’s aim has al­ways been to pro­duce ex­cep­tional stu­dents and plac­ing one of its bright­est stu­dents in a world-class firm un­der world­class men­tors is putting to ac­tion this aim.

■ For more in­for­ma­tion, look out for the ad­ver­tise­ment in this StarSpe­cial.

The Datuk Shya­mala Ala­gen­dra Prize win­ner Tan Yuan Ling (right) re­ceiv­ing the in­tern­ship award let­ter from Datuk Shya­mala, which al­lows her to do her in­tern­ship in The Hague.

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