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Student Vocational Bursary Scheme

The UKELA Vocational Bursary Fund is intended to enable students to undertake a period of vocational placement (such as an internship or externship) in the field of environmental law.

Student Vocational Bursary Scheme 2017 recipient announced!

ben-christman-profile2017-(002)-editedWe are pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2017 bursary is Ben Christman. Ben has just finished a PhD at Queen’s University Belfast on the law on fuel poverty from an energy justice perspective, and is a student on the Diploma in Legal Practice at the University of Edinburgh. He has an LLM in environmental law and policy from University College London, and an LLB from the University of Aberdeen. He started his internship with ClientEarth’s energy and coal team in April 2017. Well done Ben, we look forward to reading your report.

Please see some of our previous winners below, who have gone on to take up fascinating roles in the environmental and legal world.

Our 2016 recipient was Navida Quadi.

Navida graduated in law at London Southbank University and undertook an LLM in "Human Rights, Conflict and Justice" at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). She then worked in local government and housing for three years. Navida recently undertook the Bar Professional Training Course and hopes to secure pupillage and further her interests in environmental law.

She was offered an internship abroad by the Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association who work to promote environmental justice and sound environmental jurisprudence.This was made possible by the award she received from UKELA. Navida recently updated us with the following:

"It's going well. I've been tasked with analysing a set of rules drafted after a landmark judgment on ship breaking. There's a lot of controversy around it and I'm learning a lot!

I'm also attending a hearing on loss of water of residents in Chittagong and field investigations in Sylhet. Very exciting indeed!"

Well done Navida - we look forward to seeing some photographs from your internship.


There were two winners of the UKELA Vocational Bursary Fund 2015. Jessica Allen attended a summer law school (SLS) on “International and European Environmental Law” organised by a regional group of the European Law Students Association (ELSA) called ELSA Salerno. The summer school was hosted by the University of Salerno in Italy from 6th to 10th July 2015.

Jessica says of the experience: "Through attending this SLS, I have been able to substantially increase my knowledge and awareness of environmental law issues in a far more effective way than if I were to research these topics on my own. The wealth and breadth of subjects covered have informed my understanding of how the law interacts with environmental protection. As regards professional development, I am now seriously considering a taught Master’s degree in international law." Jessica has since taken up the voluntary post of Assistant Editor on UKELA's journal, e-law, while she continues her studies.

rina-kuusipalo-editedRina Kuusipalo spent summer 2015 from the beginning of June to the end of September as an Intern at the UN Climate Change Secretariat in Bonn, Germany. In particular, she worked on political strategy within the Office of the Executive Secretary, Christiana Figueres (the head of the organisation).

Rina says: "It was a truly exciting time to be part of the secretariat’s work, to take part in the lead-up to the UN COP21 climate summit this December in Paris. This summit has produced a universal, legally binding agreement on climate change. As a law student, I found it fascinating to witness the immense work that goes into the legal drafting and political support for the agreement behind the scenes."

Previous Bursary Scheme winners

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