Law students at the University of Bolton have been questioning North West Conservative MEP, Sajjad Karim, at a special lecture organised by the faculty.
Mr Karim is the Conservative Party’s European Legal Affairs Spokesperson. In this role he works towards improving and simplifying the law-making process of the European Union (EU).
Speaking with the students, he discussed everything from the Eurozone’s economic crisis to the legislative process and laws of the EU.
He said: ‘It is important for legal students to fully understand European law, its legislative nature and the effect it has on their everyday lives. The current financial situation in the Eurozone is a prime example. These are extremely important and testing times for Europe, economically and politically.’
Whilst EU law and legislation dominated the discussion, Mr Karim was also very impressed with the diversity of questions students were asking. He added: ‘Some of the questions I was asked were very insightful and direct, covering everything from trade within Europe to a wide range of political issues.’
Mr Karim said he will work alongside the University’s Law team to arrange a student visit to the European Parliament in Brussels: ‘It is important students see the European process in action. It’s always great to come and talk to enthusiastic students at universities like Bolton, but it cannot replace witnessing the process first hand.’
David Rigg, Senior Lecturer on the University’s Law programme and Course Supervisor on European Law, organised the event. He said: ‘Mr Karim gave a very interesting lecture on highly relevant areas of European law which the students have been studying this semester. It was a great opportunity for them to hear about the everyday realities of life as an MEP. This kind of visit helps students to put their theoretical and academic work into a practical context.’