|“Having experienced William and Mary both as a student and an academic, I have learnt more valuable lessons than I could possibly count. The academic excellence of the teaching staff, the wide selection of courses and the cutting edge programmes run nationally and internationally make William and Mary the ideal place for students who are interested in discovering professional opportunities around the globe.”|
Dr. Iria Giuffrida (2001)
Associate, Enyo Law LLP
The international facets of law have been at the centre of Iria’s academic and professional career. She now works in London for Enyo Law LLP, a specialist litigation firm that represents domestic and international clients in complex commercial disputes, often with multi-jurisdictional dimensions. Her work brings her into regular contact with multinational clients litigating in London or involved in international arbitrations. She has also represented clients in number of mediations in the UK and abroad.
Prior to joining Enyo Law LLP, Iria worked at Dechert LLP, an international law firm with offices in the United States, Asia and Europe. It was as a result of her special interest and growing expertise in European law that Iria was seconded to Dechert’s Brussels office twice over the course of two years.
Before moving to legal practice, Iria had already lived, studied and worked in Belgium. As an undergraduate, she spent one year at the Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven, where she studied European law, Comparative Law and Public International Law. Years later, she returned to Belgium and expanded her knowledge and experience with European law and policy decision-making while working for the European Ombudsman in Brussels.
Iria was born in Sicily but left Italy to study English and European law at Queen Mary, University of London. Her interest in international law really took hold after a wonderful and rewarding experience as the 2001 – 2002 Drapers’ Scholar at William and Mary Law School, where she met and worked alongside law students and academics from all over the world. While at William and Mary, Iria took most of the available classes with an international flavour. She also took the opportunity to complete an externship at the Vera Institute of Justice in New York City, where she was involved in research programmes on a Legal Aid project in South Africa and the reform of police forces in India.
At William and Mary, Iria was also passionately involved in the activities of the Center for Legal and Court Technology, which was then known as the Courtroom 21 Project. She acted as counsel in the 2002 experimental Courtroom 21 Laboratory Trial and trained second year law students in the practical use of courtroom evidence presentation technologies.
In her work, Iria has also been able to use her talents as a teacher and communicator. During her previous life as an academic, she taught courses in European law, English Public Law, Comparative Law and International Law at some of the most prestigious universities in the United States and the United Kingdom. Her academic interest motivated her to write her Ph.D. in Law at Queen Mary, University of London during which she presented numerous papers at conferences across Europe. In her doctoral thesis, she offers an interdisciplinary analysis of accountability in Europe’s regulation of chemicals and food.
Iria’s keen interest in international affairs and her enthusiasm for learning and understanding the diverse perspectives of international and comparative law continue to inspire and motivate her work.