Law students Shivang Bansal, Anjali Gurung, Maria Marques Matias and Sayeeda Sultana were part of a group of 24 university students from Lithuania, Poland, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, France and the UK who took part in a series of lectures, interactive sessions and trips related to the practice of human rights today.
The summer school, which was part of the project called Europe after the World War 2: Multidimensional Effects of Integration as a Guarantee for State and Human Security (WISE), was led by the Mykolas Romeris University (MRU) in Vilnius, and involved a consortium of European universities including the University of Westminster.
The programme brought together lecturers and students from all the partner institutions and involved a range of events across a number of venues including the Lithuanian Parliament, the Lithuanian Supreme and Constitutional Courts and the MRU Research Laboratories.
Lectures in subjects including international humanitarian law, freedom of expression and the right to a fair trial were delivered and students also visited, among other places, the Luskiskes Reform Prison, the Office of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsman, the Kaunas IX Fort Museum and the Paneriai Memorial.
The week-long summer school finished with a moot trial at the Lithuanian Constitutional Court, which was won by Westminster Law LLB Honours student Shivang’s team. Shivang said: “It was an opportunity that made me have a joyful summer whereby I made wonderful friends, explored a new culture and country, while also learning a great deal about human rights.”