Three in a row for Dual LLM student success

A third postgraduate student from the new Dual LLM course has successfully defended his dissertation at viva in Nijmegem.

Amir Rudbordeh, a postgraduate student on the first cohort on the Dual LLM programme, successfully defended his dissertation project at a viva held in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, on Monday 30 November 2015. 

Members of the dissertation panel included Professor Michael Veder and Neils Vermunt of the Nijmegen Law School. Professor Rebecca Parry and Dr Alexandra Kastrinou of the Nottingham Law School participated in the viva and panel deliberations via Skype. The panel unanimously recommended Amir's dissertation receive the award of cum laude (equivalent to a distinction).

Amir's project, which was jointly supervised by Professor Parry and Mr Vermunt, was a comparative assessment of the rules on freedom of movement for debtors in the lead up to insolvency. Given the disparity in Europe between domestic insolvency laws that do not all offer similar outcomes, debtors and their advisers have become conscious of the need to ascertain whether they can have better results for restructurings or liquidation by moving their centres of main interest to other "friendlier" states. As there is the potential for abuse of this facility, the reasons for the debtor moving must be assessed in light of the impact on creditors and other stakeholders.

Amir was one of the first cohort of students on the Dual LLM programme, launched in Nijmegen on 3 September 2014. This programme sees students graduate with an award from both institutions, an LLM in European Law from RUN and an LLM in Corporate and Insolvency Law from NTU and is the fruit of a collaboration initiated between both Law Schools in September 2012. It is an academically rigorous programme designed to ensure that students are able to complete the requirements for both degrees within the space of a single year should they wish.

The successful result at Amir's viva, which takes to three the number of distinction level awards from the students of this cohort, is a matter of immense pride for both Law Schools. It seems that this new programme has now become a symbol of excellence and visible sign of cooperation between the insolvency centres at both institutions.

Three in a row for Dual LLM student success

Published on 4 December 2015
  • Category: Nottingham Law School

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