Global Scholar Sponsorship

We are delighted to be sponsoring a rotary global scholar, Paul Shakeshaft, from September 2017, something we haven't done for a while.

Our 2017/18 Scholar, Paul Shakeshaft

Paul Shakeshaft is sponsored by Oak Park – River Forest Club based in Illinois.

Paul has been accepted to study for a Master’s Degree at the University of Buckingham with Sir Roger Scruton at the University of Buckingham.  It is an MA in Philosophy by Research and his work will fall under the peace and conflict resolution area of focus.

Sir Roger is known for his work on the rule of law, social cohesion, the environment, and aesthetics.  Paul believes that Sir Roger’s philosophical work can improve the rule of law and human rights, two of the basic elements of peace and conflict resolution and prevention.  Paul proposes to research and synthesize the field of aesthetics and human rights law to bring proportion, integrity, and clarity, into the human rights field. 

Paul has a goal to work in public policy, as legal counsel to a congressional committee on human rights, or for the United Nations, and/or directly as an elected official.  Since he is a dual citizen, U.S./Irish, he would also like to work as a lawyer in the European Court of Human Rights where he wrote two briefs a few years ago.  Paul is dedicated to peace and conflict resolution.  From his early teenage experiences, to his college education, to his law school education, to his Master’s Degree program, he has a sensitivity to what it takes to promote peace and resolve conflicts.

Find out more about the rotary scholarship programme here.