Timothy Hammer, LL.M. ’10

Hometown: Winfield, Kansas

“My time at Oxford exceeded all expectations. The Human Rights Law program was fascinating, as was meeting and studying with students from more than 20different countries.  The background of the students varied tremendously, including graduate students in other disciplines, a business professor, individuals working for UN agencies, a U.S. Army officer, and a clinical psychologist.  

The classes are excellent, as are the optional lectures available in the afternoon. I attended one titled "Bashir Arrest Warrant," which dealt with the International Criminal Court indictment of head of state of Sudan for war crimes and crimes against humanity. I also attended  “War, Peace, and Human Rights" taught by Liz Griffen and Noam Lubell, in which we studied a variety of topics on human rights during armed conflict, including military intervention and international humanitarian law.  

We stayed at New College, which was founded by William of Wykeham in 1379. The beautiful grounds include the oldest portion of a wall in the city of Oxford, which predates the college itself.  There are a vast number of historical places to visit in the local area, as well as numerous cafes, restaurants, and museums. It was a thoroughly enriching experience both academically and culturally, which I value as part of my law school education.”