11 January 2018 • Martine Seijffert
Just a moment with Metin
“I have always been interested in military law. I grew up in the Schilderswijk, and by the time I was 15 years old, I had been to the Lower House to attend vragenuurtje (cabinet’s question time). The subject at the time was military conflicts and I was impressed by the passion with which some politicians spoke about the subject. I drove my family crazy with all my talk about world affairs at home. But they always had time to listen to my plans and ideas. I took the royal route: I went to lower secondary school education, then went to senior secondary vocational education and after that to universities of applied sciences. I am close to finishing my third master’s degree programme. One of these is Politics & Strategic Warfare from London. By becoming a lecturer, I found a new audience for all my stories. It is a challenge to explain to 17 year olds that all states are equal in terms of law, while that is certainly very different at the political level. By drawing on current affairs, I can show them great examples from practice. We recently talked about Trump and North Korea. I am lucky that there is so much going on right now. Still, one day I hope to be able to do more than just explain why there is international law. I would like to work through an international organisation to help solve social problems. I don’t mind where I end up, as long as I can work internationally.”
Metin Akyol, lecturer International and European Law at the Law degree programme
JUST A MOMENT
In this rubric every two weeks a colleague or student of THUAS gives readers a little peek into their lives. Inspired by ‘Humans of New York’. On this Facebook page photographer Brandon Stanton made a world city as New York more personal by capturing spontaneous encounters with residents in word or on film. This series of interviews partially brings stories of our students and staff to light.