Date of release: Wednesday, July 12, 2017

ShabinaA Law graduate from the University of Greenwich has received a prestigious scholarship to study at Cornell Law School.

Shabina Begum has received a Fulbright Award to enable her to study at Cornell University as part of one of the most esteemed scholarship programmes in the world.

Shabina graduated from the university's School of Law in 2008 and was last year awarded the accolade of the university's Alumnus of the Year for her work as a family lawyer and human rights activist. She was also featured in the university's inaugural Greenwich Portraits exhibition in 2016.

The Fulbright Commission provides the only bi-laterial, transatlantic scholarship programme in the world. Selection for it includes a rigorous application and interview process, identifying academic excellence, extracurricular and community activities, ambassadorial skills and a desire to further enhance the Fullbright Programme.

Shabina will be undertaking an LLM at Cornell Law School, where she will conduct further research into child, early and forced marriage – a subject on which she is recognised as an expert. This issue is one of contemporary interest in the USA and various states are considering passing a Child Marriage Bill.

Currently an International Child Abduction Lawyer at Dawson Cornwell, she has spoken at a United Nations commission and been recognised as one of the "top 100 influential British Bangladeshis". She is also known for her campaigning work to eradicate domestic violence and acid attacks.

Shabina says: "Upon receiving the award, I have been very excited at the prospect of embracing this life-changing opportunity. I want to be able to devise pragmatic solutions to combat the issue of child marriage, in order to ensure that future generation of girls can enjoy fulfilling childhoods."

Story by Public Relations