Wan Mohd Asnur Wan Jantan, SJD Candidate
Dungun Terengganu, Malaysia
LL.M & Wharton Business and Law Certificate (Class of 2012)
LL.B (Honors), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)
Certificate in Company Administration, Harun M. Hashim Law Centre, IIUM
What I Did Before Law School:
I worked as Federal Counsel at the International Affairs Division of the Attorney General’s Chambers in Putrajaya, Malaysia. I have dealt with various matters relating to international law including international trade, WTO and ASEAN, ASEAN Single Window, international finance and double taxation issues, international investment law and investor-State disputes, international arbitration and disputes, and international maritime, territorial and civil aviation matters.
Why I Chose Penn Law:
To me, Penn Law is more than being amongst the best Ivy League Schools that enjoy a global prestige; it is an unparalleled educational experience that deeply celebrates and integrates the interdisciplinary study of law. It has created a learning paradigm that is rich with multidimensional analyses of law and economics, political economy, social sciences and international relations, science and technology as well as other disciplines. Penn Law offers a wide array of practical experiences and field research opportunities such as various international programs including Global Research Seminars, internships and externships, public interest and pro bono legal services and clinical programs. These opportunities also influenced my decision making process as I looked for an institution that would enable me to flourish as a multidisciplinary person whose theoretical and practical skills are simultaneously developed and honed.
My Best Experience at Penn Law:
Participating in the Global Research Seminar (GRS) on Comparative EU and US Telecommunications Law which is taught in parallel with a seminar at the Dresden Institute of Technology in German and also incorporates field research visits to Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Germany and Brussels.
Professor Who Influenced Me Most:
Professor William Burke-White has certainly influenced the way I view international law making dynamics in the light of legitimacy and prospect of global governance, and contemporary trends in international relations vis-à-vis interplay of multiple centers of powers induced by States and non-state actors. Professors Christopher S. Yoo and Howard Chang have also influenced me to go beyond legalistic analyses to cross-disciplinary appreciation of law and economics, and to a certain extent, engineering and technology policies may be invariably interwoven.
My Favorite Course:
The Global Governance Seminar taught and led by Professor William Burke-White is my most favorite course as it fosters a critical, yet healthy, meeting of minds on leading issues and challenges in global affairs and discusses the effectiveness of international systems and the evolution of their ability to respond to those issues/challenges. Freely intellectual speech and informed debates define the course. As the Seminar is also a newly launched joint effort between the United Nations Foundation and Penn Law, I personally think that the process of production of a set of Governance Report Cards by students in the class augurs great collaborative research, scientific study and analyses, and complementary educational exchanges that augment each of the students’ knowledge and experience.
My Favorite Philadelphia Moment:
Strolling down the Locust Walk at the heart of the Penn Campus and embracing each moment as a student again.
What I’m Most Proud Of:
I am proud to be part of the Penn Law community and Wharton Program which allow me to interact and engage with a bright and nice circle of friends from diversely unique background.
My Extracurricular Activities at Penn Law:
I truly enjoy the learning experience beyond the classroom setting. I find the various series of Penn Law talks, lectures and annual Symposia, Wharton lectures, and Fulbright enrichment seminars very insightful. These activities certainly expand my intellectual horizons.
My Favorite Place or Activity on the University Campus:
The Penn Book Store, Biddle Law Library and The Patty and Jay H. Baker Forum at Jon M. Huntsman Hall at the Wharton School.