”Both European and Arab nations have very rich history and culture, and as I have discovered, many things in common. This makes dialogue an important tool for cooperation, development and prosperity.
“My MSR scholarship experience for the academic year of 2018/2019 is one for the books. It allowed me to continue my Masters’ education at one of the best universities in international law and meet the best professionals and academics in the field of my studies, especially through my work with the Leiden University Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum IHL Clinic. The scholarship influenced my vision regarding my future professional plans and taught me more about the reality of the world and the importance of planning ahead. Hence, once I finished my studies, I was more determined to qualify as a lawyer in my national jurisdiction (Palestine) and gain more legal experience on the ground before setting off to working in the international field.
In addition to the immense amount of knowledge I gained through my Masters’ studies, I discovered that I particularly enjoy sharing my culture with others as well as learning about theirs. The most important insight I gained from this experience is regarding the importance and impact of dialogue. I truly believe that the most efficient way to realize change and development is through dialogue between nations. Both European and Arab nations have very rich history and culture, and as I have discovered, many things in common. This makes dialogue an important tool for cooperation, development and prosperity. I realized this first hand through my work with the Nour Project, and the LRF’s work and events. I thank the Lutfia Rabbani Foundation for this realization and for the opportunity to learn, grow and hopefully one day have an impact. This influenced me to pursue a career where dialogue and building bridges are a cornerstone, which aligns with the principle of multilateralism I abide by in my work in the international field.
During my time in Europe, I felt a higher sense of creativity, motivation and initiative. The MSR scholarship allowed me to live and explore the city of peace and justice in all its pillars; institutions, professionals and culture. I was able to visit all important venues relevant to international law, attend lectures and events and partake in debates on the most current and urgent topics of international attention. I got to travel to different European cities, soak up its culture, and meet incredibly inspiring people, with whom I am still in contact, and collaborate on several projects.
Also, the MSR scholarship introduced me to wonderful people who made the Netherlands feel like home to me. The family-oriented characteristic is definitely what distinguishes the Foundation amongst others. From beginning to end, the Lutfia Rabbani Foundation was with me every step of the way to make sure that I have the best academic year. Through constant support, communication and involvement in the Foundation’s work, I immediately felt at home in the Netherlands. I was very much engaged in the Foundation’s events, such as the MENA Trade annual dinner, the Nour Project, and several other roundtable discussions held by the Foundation.
Moreover, through the Foundation’s mentorship programme, I was fortunate to meet an inspiring and highly experienced academic working and living in the Netherlands, both in person and through emails. I particularly enjoyed talking about the Dutch culture and my future plans- I definitely benefited from his advice.
The Netherlands, The Hague especially, has my heart. I plan on working and living in The Hague, as I felt it has the perfect work/life balance. It is THE place for building a career in international law, and to enjoy some good Jazz music.
I truly couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity or experience. I am proud to be a MSR scholarship alumna and consider myself an ambassador for its vision wherever I go. I thank the Lutfia Rabbani Foundation for the opportunity to learn, grow and hopefully one day have an impact.”