Kashpee Wahid, 2016, Australia and Bangladesh

Assistant Legal Counsel, Permanent Court of Arbitration - The Hague, Netherlands

Why the LLM? While choosing a graduate program, I was mainly looking for two things: a school that focuses on International Law and Affairs, and a program that would allow me to be part of a small and intimate classroom. While Fletcher was an obvious choice for the International Law Program, I was really attracted to the idea of only having 14-20 people in my LLM class (which is currently the case!). After going through law school with hundreds of other students (which was definitely an interesting and necessary experience), I thought I would benefit more from being part of a smaller, self-selected group of international lawyers. I felt this would facilitate more personal interaction with faculty members, and enable me to learn within a more comfortable and intimate space.

On the diversity of the Fletcher community: For me, a quintessential Fletcher moment is asking someone where they are from, and then watching them navigate internal havoc to come up with a simple, timely answer. Quite often, you meet people who were born in Country A but grew up in Countries B, C, and D. Their parents are from countries E and F respectively, met in Country G, and finally gave birth to them in said Country A! How could they possibly sum that up in one word?

Favorite book:

The Bell by Iris Murdoch

Favorite movie:

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Favorite city:

Vienna (Austria) and Dunhuang (China):

Global issue that brought you to Fletcher:

The problem of enforcement in international law

Fields of Study

International Law

Activities involved in at Fletcher

Fellow, Initiative on Mass Atrocities and Genocide (IMAGe)

International Law Students' Society

Education before Fletcher

Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice - Australian National University (ANU)

LLB (Hons) - Australian National University (ANU)

BA, International Relations and English Literature - Australian National University (ANU)

Experience before Fletcher

Trainee Solicitor - Welfare Rights & Legal Centre, Canberra, ACT, Australia

Legal Officer - Australian Federal Police Association, Canberra, ACT, Australia