ALEXANDRA COOK, Editor-In-Chief
Alex is a 2nd-year Senior-Status LLB student from Aurora, ON, Canada. She chose to study in NI because she loves the UK and had never been to Ireland before. She loves Belfast thus far and is happily settled in. Her legal interests are rooted in human rights, women's rights, criminal law and criminal prosecution.
Alex knew she wanted to write for the Verdict publication from the moment she received the previous year's edition in her welcome email in 1st year. After a successful 1st year as a contributor and communications officer, Alex is excited to continue forward as Editor-In-Chief for 2020/2021. With the exciting launch of the inaugural Verdict Blog, Alex hopes to increase the Verdict's reputation not only through the annual publication but also within the online legal community from the perspectives of QUB's bright young legal minds. Alex hopes to one day to represent, and advocate for those who need it most.
Tavisha is a 2nd Year Law Student from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Tavisha’s interests lie in Business and Human Rights Law and her dedication can be seen through her various contributions to this magazine. An avid writer and reader, Tavisha likes to keep up to date with current affairs via The Economist and Sky News.
She is the current Associate Editor for the 2020/2021 Verdict Team and was recently chosen to be the Editor-in-Chief for the year 2021/2022. Tavisha is excited to continue the incredible work Alex has done for The Verdict!
Verdict Online Contributor Team
Antonia is a QUB postgraduate student studying the LLM in Human Rights Law. She has a BSc in Social Science from Minerva Schools at KGI, an innovative university that combines four years of world travel (to San Francisco, Seoul, Hyderabad, Berlin, Buenos Aires, London, and Taipei) and an international student body from over 60 countries, with rigorous, interdisciplinary study using the science of learning. She is passionate about using her voice to influence legal reform and for human rights advocacy, especially in feminist and global migration-related issues.
My Name is Hannah and I am in my final year studying Law. Since joining Queens I have been eager to join the team and contribute to the Verdict, having been an avid reader of the previous editions. I am interested in various areas of the law from social justice and human rights, property and criminal law to business and commercial law. I am excited to be apart of the team for the academic year and I look forward to contributing to the blog on issues involving these areas of interest!
Jasmine is a first-year Law with Politics student from Buckinghamshire, England. She has an interest in the relationship between politics and the law, and is passionate about bringing awareness to the treatment of people of colour both within the justice system and within the legal sector as a profession. She also has a strong interest in historic legal cases, and the way in which they have contributed to the development of the legal system as we know it today.
My name is Ryley Lopushinsky. I was born and raised in a small Northern town called Terrace in British Columbia, Canada. The population there ranges between 10-12 thousand people. This is not only my first time living outside of Canada, but also my first time outside of North America! My main legal focus is criminal law and I hope to return to Canada and practice as a Crown Prosecutor.
My name is Sarah McVeigh and I’m from Burren, Co.Down. I am a final year LLB Law Senior Status student here at Queen's. The subject of law fascinates me extensively. I am intrigued by developments in the law and the way that it adapts to an ever-changing society. My main interests are Human Rights Law, Criminal Law and Tort Law. I hope to be starting a Trainee Solicitor Contract in September 2021.
My name is Tavisha Sood and I am currently a second year LLB student at Queen's University Belfast. My interests lie towards Business and Human Rights and I love to write and read about the current affairs surrounding the same. In my free time, I love to listen to podcasts and read books! Currently, I'm reading "why I'm no longer talking to white people about race" by Reni Eddo-Lodge. After my degree, I hope to pursue a career in Business and Human Rights Law.
I am second year LLB Law Single Honour student from Surrey, England. I have a strong interest in human rights, specifically immigration law. As an online contributor for the Verdict, I hope to draw attention to the nexus between law and politics by exploring the differing attitudes Western powers adopt towards asylum seekers in landmark judgments, as well as the root causes of mass migration.
Verdict Publication Sub-Committee
Eli is from the outskirts of Banbridge, not far from Belfast. He is currently in the second year of his Law degree, and maintains a keen interest in constitutional law, criminal law, and the effects of technology in shaping the future of the legal sector. Eli is excited for the opportunity to share his thoughts and research on topical legal issues and hopes that readers will enjoy his article in the upcoming 17th edition of the Verdict, and that they will find it informative and engaging."
My name is Jonathan and I'm in the final year of my LLB. I have always had an interest in extracurricular writing and applied to contribute to the sixteenth edition of The Verdict last year in the hope that it would be enjoyable and that it would further my skills in writing. It felt rewarding to be a part of the committee last year, and I am grateful to be a part of producing this year's edition.
My name is Megan and I'm really excited to be one of the Magazine Contributor’s for this year's Verdict publication. I am a postgraduate student at Queen’s studying Human Rights Law, with a particular focus on the intersectionality of gender, race, and class. My research and writing interests revolve around how human rights law manifests transnationally, especially in the theatre of conflict and post-conflict societies. I hope to use my platform to support and uplift the voices of those who truly need to be heard. I can’t wait for what this year brings!
Róise is a second year LLB student from a small town in County Antrim. She has a wide variety of legal interests which extend from constitutional questions, to how law interacts with politics, to environmental law. Róise is particularly interested in how the law relates to social justice issues. This is her first time being involved with the publication and she is very excited to get started as both Communications Officer and Magazine Contributor.
My name is Jade Mc Cauley. I am a final year Law with Politics undergraduate student. My legal interests are rooted in social justice and political issues facing the world today especially surrounding rape and sexual assault and also climate change. After my degree I hope to pursue a career that will allow me to be a part of the change I want to see in the world. I am very excited to be a part of the magazine this year as general administrator and contributor and can’t wait to read everyone’s articles.
Adrienne is a third-year Juris Doctorate candidate from Vancouver, Canada. Her current doctoral research focuses on judicial paternalism in relation to adolescent religious decision-making within medical law. She is also interested in larger topics within international outer space law, contract law, environmental regulations, and international relations and political theory.
Bleen is completing her final year in the Senior Status LLB program at Queen’s University Belfast. Originally from Surrey, B.C., Canada, Bleen chose to study in Northern Ireland because she fell in love with the Irish coastline while on her previous travels through Europe.
She has a B.A. in Psychology and Political Science from the University of Victoria and hopes to use this background to provide a nuance perspective regarding different areas of the law, primarily in Human Rights law and Financial law. Bleen is thrilled to lend her voice to the 17th Edition of the Verdict and hopes readers will find her work intellectually stimulating.