20th julio 2011
Swansea University LLM student Francis named as the winner of the annual Institute of Shipping and Trade Law’s Prize
A Swansea University Law student has accomplished his dream of a career in international maritime and commercial law and has also won a prize for his academic achievement.
Twenty six year old Francis Libert was awarded his LLM International Maritime Law at Swansea’s School of Law and has also been named as the winner of the annual Institute of Shipping and Trade Law’s Prize, which is given to the student that submits the best LLM project.
Prior to coming to Swansea, Francis studied law in his native Belgium, first graduating as a Bachelor of Law in 2007 and then graduating with a Masters in Law in 2009. Francis then decided to come to Swansea to study for his LLM in International Maritime Law due to the quality and reputation of the course.
Commenting on Francis’ achievement, Professor Baris Soyer, Director of the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law said: “Francis is a determined and hard-working individual who has managed to develop his legal understanding considerably in the course of his LLM studies at Swansea but also contributed immensely to the learning experience of his peers whilst studying at Swansea.
“The LLM degrees offered by the Law School are well-known and regarded in shipping, banking and insurance sectors. The courses are taught by internationally recognised experts who are at the cutting edge of their disciplines. I have every confidence that the LLM degree will accelerate Francis’ rise in the legal profession as he joins the elite class of Swansea LLM Alumni which is spread all around the world.”
Francis now works as a marine broker at the prestigious firm Concordia in Ghent, in Belgium.
After receiving his award Francis said, “The prize really came as a surprise to me. I feel deeply honoured, especially when you know that the prize is awarded by a well known institute in the UK marine academic sector, and it makes my graduation extra special. I am pleased that my efforts are recognised, but is must have been a close call as I know many of my fellow classmates have put a lot of effort in their LLM reports as well.”