A Week with the Parents
As it goes, my parents and my brother were able to visit me this past week! It was really great. They all got here on Monday, and while my brother Matt had to leave on Friday, Mom and Dad stayed until Tuesday. The greatest part about having them here was showing them around all of the sights here in London. While I worked during the day, they investigated different parts of the city, and on my days off or after work we would go and visit different locations. I think my favourite location was the Kew Gardens, a botanical garden site a bit southwest of London. It was one of the most beautiful sights I've seen in a long time. Additionally, we got to see Buckingham Palace, and a number of other sights about the city.
This past week was also great as far as work goes as well. There is so much going on in the world, its easy for us to overlook some big issues happening in small countries. In fact, today India took a big step in decriminalising homosexual relations. Additionally, I've been able to work with issues in Sierra Leone, Fiji, Sri Lanka, and Malaysia. Part of what I do in my job is draft statements that directly address issues in these places. For instance, I got to work on a statement on a situation in Sri Lanka where a number of LTTE members are being held, as well as a number of civillians. This is the type of watching that the CLA does.
Additionally, I attended a meeting at a pretty impressive law firm called Charles Russell, which is located in the area where a lot of large firms are located in London, along Fleet Street going toward St. Pauls. This area is famous for its large number of banks, and it is the former location of the Temple-Bar, which is a large arch that used to extend over Fleet Street. It's mentioned in A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens as well. The meeting was intensely interesting, as it was about strategic planning and moving forward in a Conference the CLA is setting up, a regional Law Conference to be held in Abuja, Nigeria next year. The CLA's other conferences have been in places like Sydney, Australia (the current home of some other ONU study abroad students), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and this past year's in Hong Kong, SAR. The next biennal meeting of the CLA will be held in Hyderabad, India.
It's amazing to me how many lawyers with a lot of influence I've met. I got to meet inter alia: Mark Stephens, a corporate lawyer who is pretty well known here; Laurie Watts, a senior partner at Charles Russell; and Soli Sorabjee, the former Attorney-General of India. It's quite an experience.
Since there's a bit to catch up on, I'll be posting again tomorrow: this time I'll show you around Stonehenge!