Dr. Haitham A. Haloush
My time at Leeds
After graduating with an LLM from the University of Aberdeen in 2000, I decided to undertake my PhD at the School of Law, which I completed in 2004. In Jordan, the University of Leeds is a well-known university and I was one of the first intake at Leeds from Jordan who graduated with a PhD from the School.
The relationships amongst postgraduates and staff at the school were great; there was a lot of respect and mutual understanding. I have to make a special reference to my supervisor Clive Walker - to a large extent, I think he has been one of the most influential people in my career so far.
Leeds is beautiful city and there is so much to do in terms of shopping and night life. Whilst I was studying, friends from Jordan came over to visit and they also liked the city very much. In Jordan, Leeds United is a popular team so Leeds is always connected with the football team!
I was sponsored by the Jordanian Government to finish my PhD, so since graduating, I worked for 5 years at Hashemite University as a Lecturer in Law and was then promoted to Senior Lecturer. During my time there, I was also appointed as Assistant Dean and Vice Dean, teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate students.
In 2010, I was appointed as a Senior Lecturer at the British University in Dubai to establish and coordinate the newly launched Masters programme in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution in cooperation with King’s College in London and I am currently the Programme Co-ordinator. I have been selected for this position due to my background on arbitration and mediation which I acquired during my PhD studies at the University of Leeds. The research techniques that I acquired at Leeds have given me skills that I use every day.
I would advise anyone thinking of applying to a course at Leeds to go ahead! This is not just my opinion; I have 4 friends from Jordan that graduated with a PhD in Law from the University of Leeds who, I know, would all say the same.