Prince Sultan University College for Women Professional Development Appreciation Awards for Attending and Presenting Professional Development Workshops in 2010-2011

Prince Sultan University College for Women Research Award for Being a Research Active Member of Faculty in 2010-2011

Peace and Disarmament Education Trust (PADET) Scholarship administered by the New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs 2003-2004

University of Waikato – Doctoral Scholarship recipient 2002-2005

University of Waikato – Masters of Laws Scholarship Grant Awardee 2000

Selected to represent New Zealand at the Jessup Cup International Mooting Competition in 1997

Runner-up in the University of Otago Witness Examination Competition 1996

Mary Hussey Award for Law, University of Otago, 1996

Joint-winner of the New Zealand Universities Mooting Competition 1996

Joint-winner of the University of Otago Mooting Competition 1995-1996

 

 
   
 

Reflective practitioner

 
I am a reflective teacher in the sense that I make a conscious effort to reflect on what I am teaching, how I am teaching and why I am doing what I do, every step of the way. I try to ensure that all teaching and assessment is aligned closely to the learning outcomes in the paper. I try to ensure that students know from the outset what my expectations are and I give students opportunities to experiment and develop their skills through trial and error. I believe in providing feedback and feed forward. I believe in making sure that I am assessing for learning by which I mean that I try to ensure that all assessment has a clear learning objective behind it.
   
   
 

   
 

List of courses that I have experience teaching:

>Constitutional Law
>Corporate Entities
>Introduction to Law
>Legal Systems and Societies
>Legal Terminology in English
>Public Law
>Terrorism and International Law
>Grade 10 Modern World History
>Grade 9 History (IGSCE)
>Grade 8 Humanities (MYP)
>Grade 6 English

 
  Williamson, M Terrorism, War and International Law: the legality of the use of force against Afghanistan in 2001 (Ashgate: 2009) p.267

"The [UN] Charter represents the most recent embodiment of that historical desire to restrain the resort to force. However, the use of force against Afghanistan, and the justifications that were put forward by the US and the UK to support that use of force, challenges the basic tenets of the Charter. The hard-won gains that limit the resort to force essentially to two situations (when sanctioned by the Security Council or in self-defence) are being directly challenged...We may be entering a new age when, once again, 'the strong do all they can and the weak suffer what they must'."

 

 

Associate Professor of Law - Kuwait International Law School (KILAW), Kuwait

  • From 2012 - Present.

Assistant Professor of Law - Prince Sultan University College for Women (PSUCW), Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

  • I was an Assistant Professor of Law at PSUCW in the 2010-2011 academic year.

  • I taught Legal Terminology in English I (Law 001) and Legal Terminology in English II (Law 002) to three sections of students in each semester.

  • Law 001 covered topics such as the origin and definition of law, the nature of law, the main schools of legal theory, the classification of law (civil v criminal, substantive v procedural), legal research and writing, the legal community and legal ethics, the American Legal System, the English Legal System and both civil and criminal procedure in the American system.

  • Law 002 covered topics such as Contract Law, Tort Law, Property Law, Intellectual Property, Family law and International Law.

  • Law 001 focused mainly on the American Legal System whereas Law 002 focused mainly on the English Legal System.

  • I was responsible for curriculum planning and review, assessment and exam writing and review as well as textbook review.

  • I also introduced students to legal research and writing skills in both Law 001 and 002 throughout the duration of their course.

  • I was the Preparatory Year Program (PYP) Law Department Course Co-ordinator and was responsible for reviewing course texts, course content, course delivery and course outlines for these two papers.

  • Academic Advisor: I was appointed the academic advisor for approximately 40 students. I was required to provide advice on their programme, career planning and personal issues regarding study and university life.

School teacher – ICARDA International School of Aleppo – Aug 2009-Oct 2010

  • During an overseas working "holiday" (we left NZ in July 2009 because my mother-in-law, in Syria, was terminally ill) I lived in the Syrian city of Aleppo. I was employed at the ICARDA International School of Aleppo, the preeminent international school in Syria. I taught small groups (up to 20 in a class) in the following courses:

    • Grade 10 Modern World History
    • Grade 9 History (IGSCE Cambridge Syllabus)
    • Grade 8 Humanities (MYP)
    • Grade 6 English

  • I demonstrated flexibility in teaching any subjects that I was called upon to teach.

  • I demonstrated an ability to work with people from a wide range of religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. The teachers and students represented at least 30 countries.

  • I was required to work with support teachers such as ESL and Learning Resource teachers to improve learning outcomes for students who were studying English courses when their first language was Arabic or Armenian.

Lecturer  – University of Waikato – 2008-2009

  • I was a lecturer in law at the University of Waikato in New Zealand.
  • I lectured in Corporate Entities, Constitutional Law/Public Law and Terrorism and International Law. In Constitutional Law, I lectured the portion of the course which covered human rights.
  • I was the Course Convenor for Corporate Entities which involved, among other things, co-ordinating and consulting with teaching staff, co-ordinating and overseeing the examination preparation, cross-assessing exams for other universities and overseeing the preparation of the course outline and course materials for 2009.
  • In my teaching role I was required to undertake research in the relevant area and prepare lectures, which involved, inter alia, preparing a Microsoft Powerpoint presentation for each lecture and making it available online prior to the lecture.
  • I am familiar with the online learning environment, particularly the e-learning platform “Moodle” and I used that as a basis for interactions with students.
  • I also had responsibility for setting and marking students’ legal opinions and exam questions.
  • I established and taught a new paper in the law school, “Terrorism and International Law” which was taught at Honours and Masters level for the first time in June-July 2009

Teaching Fellow  – University of Waikato – February-August 2007

  • From February 2007 until August 2007 I was employed as a Teaching Fellow at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, Zealand
  • I was responsible for tutorials in the Legal Systems & Societies (year one), Constitutional Law (year one) and Corporate Entities (year three) papers.
  • Usually, I took a total of 10 Constitutional Law tutorials and 9 Legal Systems tutorials in each cycle (usually held on alternative weeks) .
  • My preparation for the tutorials included providing feedback to the lecturers on the tutorial problems, reading the required course materials, finding additional material of relevance to students, preparing class activities, counselling students on test and internal examination preparation and generally being available to students to assist with their understanding of the material.

Litigation lawyer – Stace Hammond Grace and Partners – August 1998- September 1999

  • Barristers and Solicitors, Hamilton, New Zealand

  • I was employed as a litigation lawyer and was required to appear in the District Court and High Court on a regular basis. 
  • I was a junior solicitor in the litigation team and worked on cases concerning commercial litigation, minor criminal law, family law, property law, trusts, wills and estates, and various other areas of law.
  • I was required to research and write legal opinions, draft and analyse legal documents, and assist partners and other counsel as instructed.

Law Tutor – University of Otago – February-October 1996

  • Legal Systems tutor – I taught weekly tutorials in the first-year law courses.

  • I was responsible for preparing material, conducting the tutorial, initiating discussions, encouraging critical thinking, assisting students with understanding lecture material, reviewing students’ written responses including their legal opinions and assisting students with their final exam preparation

Law clerk (summer)  – Russell McVeagh McKenzie Bartleet and Co – Nov 1994- February 1995

  • Barristers and solicitors, Wellington, New Zealand

  • I was required to work in the litigation department under the supervision of a partner who assigned various tasks including conducting legal research for an upcoming trial, obtaining information from government departments, writing legal opinions, assisting with the writing of some aspects of legal submissions, assisting with discovery and other litigation-related matters.

Law clerk (summer) – Bell Gully Buddle Weir – Nov 1993- February 1994

  • Barristers and solicitors, Wellington, New Zealand

  • I was required to rotate around the law firm’s 4 main departments and complete tasks assigned to me by various partners and senior solicitors including conducting legal research, writing legal opinions, attending court hearings and attending client meetings.

 

   
     
                         
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