Mathew Mezciems, Law ’12 (1984-2013)
Mathew Mezciems served Queen’s Law with dedication and commitment as President of the Law Students’ Society in 2011-12. He came to Queen’s with a BAH from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, and he earned an LLM at UCLA in 2013. Mathew was fearless in his approach to life and made the most of all opportunities that came his way. Tragically, Mathew died suddenly on July 18, 2013. His personal qualities as described by his family:
Mathew was a compassionate, strong and gentle man who had a huge heart and has been taken from us much too soon. He was always a champion for the underdog, believed strongly in and fought for social justice and had a great love of music and a wicked sense of humour. He had a passion for sports, played sledge hockey, downhill skied and was a dedicated fan of the home team, wherever home was at the time. Mathew was a kind soul whose love for his family was always first and foremost in his life and he will be missed forever and always.
Mathew was an enthusiastic participant in the Queen’s Law Public International Law program at the Bader International Study Centre at Herstmonceux Castle in Sussex, England, in 2010, using the opportunity to travel on his own around Europe. To honour Mathew and celebrate his life, his Law ’12 classmates and the alumni and friends of the Law programs at the BISC are invited to contribute to a scholarship in his memory.
Global Law Programs at Herstmonceux Castle
The Global Law Programs, held each May and June at the BISC, are intensive and integrated academic programs in International Business Law and Public International Law.Since the programs were founded in 2002, nearly 500 Queen’s Law students and more than 150 students from other law schools have participated in these unique programs. Many of the program alumni are now working in the field of international law, and all the graduates have benefited from the academic, professional, social and personal advantages provided by the programs.
The students complete nine upper-year credits during the eight-week program, attend a variety of special events and guest lectures at the castle and in London, and participate in a week-long field studies trip to institutions in The Hague, Paris and Geneva.
A wide range of distinguished and experienced lawyers and professors teach in the programs. Instructors have included a judge and prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, the prosecutor at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, senior UN and Foreign Affairs Canada legal officials, lawyers from the London office of Clifford Chance and the Paris office of White and Case, and international law professors from Canada, the UK and Hong Kong.
The Mathew Mezciems BISC Law Scholarships
Each year about 40 first-year Queen’s Law students attend the castle program, and their participation provides them with a remarkable advantage in their law school studies and professional careers. However, the programs are costly, and not within the reach of some of our students. University bursary support is available, but these funds are often insufficient to meet all of our students’ financial needs.
Members of Law ’12 and alumni and friends of the Global Law Programs are invited to support the Mathew Mezciems BISC Law Scholarships.Donations to Mathew’s fund will be used to make awards of $2500 to $5000 to help students attend the castle program. In recognition of Mathew’s enthusiasm and generous spirit and his many contributions to Queen’s Law, the scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and experience and/or interest in international law, as well as contributions to the law school and the larger community.