Robert Diab and Asad Kiyani, two UBC Law doctoral students, have been awarded the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
The prestigious awards of $50,000 per year for up to three years are granted across disciplines to support graduate students and are reflective of their outstanding accomplishments and the importance of their dissertation projects.
Mr. Kiyani, who was born in Hyderabad, Pakistan, is undertaking a study titled “The role of international justice in maintaining peace and security: an analysis of the legitimacy of the international criminal court.” He reports that he chose UBC Law for his PhD studies because, “academically, UBC’s graduate program widens the traditional scope of law and takes a very theoretical approach, which is exactly the sort of foundation my work requires. Beyond that, the people at UBC are quite supportive. They are a diverse group of scholars, in terms of their perspectives on both life and the law.”
Mr. Diab’s project is titled “Imagined fears: the conflict between law and security.” He completed both his LLB and his LLM at UBC and reports having had “a very positive experience at UBC, and the privilege to work with tremendous scholars and mentors.” He also describes the many interesting and enriching activities on campus: “events, symposia, research centres. So many intellectual resources to draw upon.”