THE 2018/2019 COMMITTEE

PRESIDENT - Ancuța Faur

I am currently a finalist reading Law LLB at SOAS, and President of the SOAS Law Society for the 2018/19 academic year. I am a Romanian national, and prior to joining SOAS I have been educated in Romania and in the USA. Through my position at SOAS Law Society, I endeavour to increase the student access to a wide range of opportunities within the legal profession, and cater to the needs of our diverse student body. Our Annual Plan has been designed by centering at its heart the student as a young professional - we will work tirelessly to prepare our members for the life after SOAS, and transition smoothly from academics into the professional environment.

In terms of extracurricular activities, I am the Co-President of the SOAS Islamic Finance and Ethics Society. Previously, I was part of the SOAS Law Society non-official committee and organised the SOAS – Jones Day Negotiation Competition, first ever in the history of the society. Lastly, I served as a Communication Officer for the Amicus at SOAS Society.

I am working towards securing a training contract which will lead to my qualification as a solicitor of England and Wales. Following my graduation from SOAS in 2019, I will undertake the LPC.

VICE PRESIDENT - Shu Cean Chua


I am an LLB Law finalist at SOAS, and I'm currently the Vice President of the SOAS Law Society. I work closely with the President and the Committee; I offer advice, guidance and support in ensuring that we meet our goals to provide an abundance of excellent events and services. This year, we aim to better bridge the gap between the School of Law and our student body, and increase the range of academic and professional opportunities for you, whether it is law related or non-law related.

As the previous SOAS Law Society Tech Officer, I hope to utilise my past experience to improve on our quality, our branding, and our presence.

Outside of the SOAS Law Society, I am also in the Committee for the SOAS Malaysian Society; where I previously served as the President, and currently, in my final year of University, as the Committee’s trusted Secretary.

SECRETARY - Ludovica Vecchio

I am an LLB finalist at SOAS and Secretary of the SOAS Law Society. It is my second year in this position due to my eagerness to be part of this team. I have hence increased my competence to keep students up to date with all the Latest Opportunities as well as to liaise between them and the Committee and law firms and other potential partners. I am mostly concerned with the bureaucracy of the Society management but as a member of the Executive Committee, I also take part in the decision-making process.

This year I will also be President of the SOAS Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic (AILC), to provide pro bono legal advice to asylum seekers in detention, and maintain my involvement in the SOAS Law Journal.

However, the best part of my resume is my tiramisu which has an even better reputation than my own. I am committed to serve it at every Law Society event, so there will be an extra perk in attending.

I am marked by a sympathetic personality and willing to meet new people and engage with students to further improve their experience at SOAS.

TREASURER - Tashfina Zeina Rahman

I am currently a final year student on the LLB Law programme at SOAS, and Treasurer of the SOAS Law Society for the 2018/19 academic year. As the Treasurer, I wish to ensure that the Society can host events that benefits students while maintaining a healthy financial balance.

I moved to London in 2016 from Bangladesh. In terms of my other activities, I am currently the Secretary of UNICEF on Campus - SOAS.

Following my graduation from SOAS in 2019, I hope to qualify as a barrister.

I look forward to support everyone and achieve the aims of the society.

CAREERS OFFICER - Marina Filina

I am an LLB finalist. As a Careers Officer, I am committed to expanding the current career opportunities, taking into consideration the great diversity of talent that the students of SOAS have to offer, which includes both and law and non-law interests. I believe that being a Careers Officer is more than just about sourcing the best internship opportunities, but rather about helping students find their space to grow and fulfil their potential.

I am eager to organise multiple student-led seminars which will make the application process for Vacation Schemes and Training Contracts easier and more accessible. Considering my role as a Co-President in GuideWorks, I intend to use the established student-network to accommodate insightful collaborating with top law firms which will allow students to develop their networking skills and secure potential work-opportunities.

ALUMNI RELATIONS OFFICER - Anna Csepanyi

I am currently a second year LLB student. As Alumni Relations Officer, I hope to create a relationship between the current students and the extensive and diverse alumni base that SOAS has. I would like to set up mentoring opportunities for current students, continue the Tuesdays with SOAS Alumni series, and help in career events. I will be working closely with all other Officers of the society to ensure that we have as many speakers at our events who are alumni of our university as possible.

I am also President of the Hungarian Society, and I am an active Student Ambassador. Outside of the society and university, I am an avid reader, and I enjoy talking about anything related to maps and cartography.

BAR OFFICER - Cecilia Kustermann

I am currently in the final year of my Law and International Relations degree. As Bar Officer of the Law Society I hope to increase recognition of the Bar at SOAS show students that a career at the Bar is possible with determination and hard-work. As I am also President of the SOAS Bar Society, I will ensure the effective collaboration of both societies, and therefore give students the best possible access to all events related to the Bar and advocacy.

Through my degree and my extra-curricular experience, I believe I will be able to inform students of all important events relating to the Bar and help share some insight about careers at the Bar. I have participated in various moot competitions, volunteered at the Bar Pro Bono Unit, attended numerous several networking events, I work on the SOAS Law Journal and am currently interning at a law firm in Vancouver alongside my studies. I plan to bring such opportunities to students at SOAS, where they may find the same interest I did in the Bar.

I can’t wait to meet you all and do my best to support you in any queries you may have!

PRO BONO OFFICER - Ellen Allde

I am a BA Law and International Relations finalist and the present Pro Bono Officer of the SOAS Law Society. In this role, I hope to help students build upon their studies through practical pro-bono experience, and connect students to opportunities within the human rights field.

Through my position on the Law Society and as President of the Lawyers Without Borders Student Division at SOAS this year, I will strive to increase the conscientious environment within the law department. We want to use innovative mediums to provide more opportunities for students to advocate and meet with inspiring human rights defenders.

In the current legal aid and human rights environment, we must strive to ensure equality within the legal system.

NON-LAW OFFICER - Anahita Parsa

I am a final year Politics and International Relations student. As this year’s Non-Law Officer, I hope to encourage the non-law and law student bodies to integrate further. I plan on focusing on accessibility and exposure - it is a hope of mine to increase the availability of information and opportunities for students of other degree subjects interested in potentially pursuing a career in law. I intend to do this through events, insight days and by offering a channel of communication between the student body and alumni and professionals who have excelled in the legal field through an alternative degree path to answer questions and offer guidance on this issue.

My degree has brought on my own interest into the manner in which the law finds its way shaping and being shaped by politics and international relations, particularly with regards to human rights crises and issues, immigration and beyond. This year, I am also VP of the SOAS Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic, working to provide pro-bono legal assistance for asylum seekers in detention, through SOAS students hoping to gain valuable practical experience whilst also helping vulnerable individuals.

I am a violinist and have a personal interest in art, having worked events with the Tate galleries in London.