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Liberian wins 2020 Transitional Justice Institute & Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission Award

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Liberian Chevening Scholar Yah Parwon has been awarded the 2020 Transitional Justice Institute & Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) Dissertation Prize, for her dissertation “Can the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice advance women’s rights through its interpretation of gender-discrimination? A Critical analysis of Women’s Rights Jurisprudence in the African Human Rights System.”

Congratulating Yah on her prize, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) Chief Commissioner Les Allamby said, “On behalf of the Commission, I offer my congratulations to Yah Parwon, winner of this year’s Transitional Justice Institute (TJI)/NI Human Rights Commission Dissertation Prize. The topic chosen is a fascinating and important one. We commend Yah for this excellent achievement and wish her the very best in her future endeavours.”

TJI Director Dr Catherine O’Rourke said, “We are delighted to see this award go to Yah Parwon, for her outstanding, original and important research on ending violence against women through the African Human Rights System. Yah’s work is exemplary of what we aim to support and enable through our taught postgraduate programmes. We are excited to see how Yah applies the knowledge and skills from her TJI LLM to her future activities.”

Yah spent one year as a Chevening scholar, studying for her UK Masters at the University of Ulster, in Northern Ireland where she obtained an LLM with distinction in Gender, Conflict and Human Rights. She has been an enthusiastic advocate for gender equality as the Advocacy Officer of medica Liberia, a member of Liberia Feminist Forum, Female Lawyers Associations of Liberia, Women Land Rights Taskforce and the Co-Founder of Rising Youth Mentorship Initiative. The British Embassy commends Yah for her success and looks forward to welcoming her upon her return to Liberia after completing her Chevening Award year.

The Chevening Scholarship is a prestigious UK Government programme which enables outstanding emerging leaders from all over the world to pursue one-year master’s degrees in the UK. Whilst there is no ‘typical’ Chevening Scholar, the UK Government looks for people who have the passion, ideas, and ambition to provide the solutions and leadership needed to create a better future. Through Chevening scholarships, Liberians excelling in their respective fields have had the opportunity to study in the UK since 2015. Applications are accepted annually, with further information available at

Ulster University’s Transitional Justice Institute is a world-leading law-led multidisciplinary research centre focusing on transitional justice – how societies deal with the transition from conflict or oppression-, human rights, international law, peace and conflict. UU welcomes international students from over 100 countries across the globe. For more information on studying at Ulster University please visit:

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