Litigation Partner Neil Costa awarded Distinction in Master of Laws Degree

10/12/2019 The Hon Neil F Costa

ISOLAS Partner and litigator, Neil Costa, has graduated from the University of Edinburgh with Distinction as part of its Master of Laws programme; an internationally recognised and respected postgraduate degree from a top world university. (QS World University Rankings)

Neil, who recently joined ISOLAS LLP, received his Master’s Degree at a graduation ceremony last month held at The McEwan Hall in Edinburgh.

Neil undertook the majority of the course whilst serving as Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar’s Minister for Justice.

The Master’s programme offers a wide range of subjects across many legal fields from European, international, and comparative perspectives.  Neil undertook modules in, amongst others, international and European media law, the regulation of autonomous systems (known as the law of robotics), international corporate compliance and ethics, and international climate change law.  In particular, Neil focused on the international human rights law aspects of these courses.  His dissertation critically examined employees’ privacy rights in the work place, especially, in the private sector in the light of the most recent judgment of the European Court of Human Rights. (Bărbulescu v Romania)

After eight years as a Minister in Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar, Neil joined ISOLAS, resuming his legal practice in employment, family, common-law, general commercial, and civil and criminal litigation, with a particular emphasis on human rights law.  Neil also supports ISOLAS’ wider litigation practice, which focuses on complex, high-value multi-jurisdictional commercial litigation, shareholders’ disputes, and insolvency litigation.

Neil said:

‘I am delighted to have been awarded a Distinction for my Master of Laws from the University of Edinburgh; whereas there were moments of intense pressure in reading my Master whilst also discharging my duties to my community, my LLM was a great opportunity to re-engage with my law studies, extend my knowledge in certain topics, and keep alive my legal research and writing skills.

“For anyone who is considering studying whilst working, I could not recommend the experience enough.”

The University of Edinburgh’s Law School is a world-leading college shaped over many centuries by its values and beliefs, commitment to excellence, and the passion and achievements of its staff, students, and alumni.

(Times Higher Education World University Rankings)


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