Nancy‐Josée Ciakudia

Graduate Diploma in Law

Nancy‐Josée Ciakudia

I completed my first degree in Canada, and was delighted that I could come to Oxford Brookes and study Law to pursue my dream of working internationally, working to help those who are disenfranchised

Nancy‐Josée Ciakudia, studying for her Graduate Diploma in Law, has wanted to be a lawyer since she was a child. With roots in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Norway, Canada and now studying in the UK, Nancy-Josée hopes to train as a barrister and join the International Criminal Court.

I completed my first degree in Canada, and was delighted that I could come to Oxford Brookes and study Law to pursue my dream of working internationally, working to help those who are disenfranchised. I hope to be able to travel, especially to African countries. I have already started to pursue my goal: I am a co‐founder of a family organisation called H20Congo, an international NGO seeking to support the victims of human rights abuse, poverty, war and disease. Our annual conference has been organised jointly by York University and H2OCongo, highlighting the plight and exploitation of the population of D.R. Congo.

I am one of the pro bono coordinators for Oxford Brookes law students. It’s a great experience, and I feel honoured to be able to give a voice to the voiceless and help empower individuals in need. I am currently the project coordinator for Asylum Welcome, which supports asylum seekers, refugees and immigration detainees in Oxfordshire, enabling them to live with the respect and dignity to which they are entitled. The scheme has also enabled me to practice my legal expertise, from research and public speaking skills to conflict resolution skills.

The Brookes staff have been very supportive in providing guidance, and I don’t know what I would have done without my friends on the course. We have helped each other through the stressful days of the GDL programme and reminded each other about our goals. I strongly believe the GDL programme is preparing me to become a successful lawyer, and I have really enjoyed the positive teaching environment.