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Global Environment LLM student awarded 2014 T.B. Smith Prize for the Most Distinguished Scholar

Tue 9 December 2014

Edinburgh Law School has awarded the prestigious T.B. Smith Prize to Miranda Geelhoed, a student on the 2014 Global Environment and Climate Change Law LLM programm.

The prize is given in honour of the late T.B. Smith, an outstanding academic and Professor of Scots Law at Edinburgh Law School. It is awarded to the most outstanding student enrolled in one of the Law School’s taught postgraduate degrees. Miranda was therefore distinguished among 238 LLM and MSc students, for the consistency in her remarkable grades. She was also distinguished for the high quality of her dissertation in European Environmental Law entitled ‘A growing impasse: the future of the EU’s GMO regime” which is now published as an Edinburgh School of Law Research Paper and Edinburgh Europa Working Paper on SSRN.

Starting on 1st December 2014, Miranda will be working as a consultant for the Netherlands Standardization Institute’s environmental section. Her tasks will include advising governments and industries on, as well as facilitating and supporting negotiations between interested parties for new standards. Drawing on her knowledge of EU and international law, Miranda will also support the institute in representing Dutch interests within the European Committee for Standardization and the International Organization for Standardization.

Miranda said:

Various courses in the LLM Global Environment and Climate Change Law programme have emphasised the increasing importance of private initiatives and their interaction with legislation. The knowledge and skills developed at the University of Edinburgh will therefore be of great value in my new job”.

Dr. Apolline Roger Acting Director of the Global Environment and Climate Change Law LLM programme for 2013/2014, said:

 “Miranda has shown constant dedication to her studies and impressive research skills. She was a very valuable member of the Global Environment and Climate Change Law LLM in 2013/2014 and joined our increasing group of precious alumni. I am thrilled to see her receive this well-deserved award”.

Head of School, Prof Richard Sparks congratulated Miranda on her achievements as he presented her with the award at the School's annual Prize-giving ceremony.