Happiness is a choice of life; enjoy what you do daily, and do it from your heart
I am Mauricio García, a 29-year-old lawyer from Bogotá, Colombia. I have a Bachelor’s degree and a specialisation degree from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. During my specialisation in Commercial Law I discovered my passion for Transportation, mainly aviation and maritime. I subsequently decided to forge my path in this exciting world. After some years gaining experience as a lawyer in transportation matters, in 2014 I decided to join my brother in an ambitious project − called Garciarboleda Abogados − to develop our specialised law firm in Transportation Law. Being committed to the challenging and gratifying experience of leading a law firm encouraged me to keep improving my skills and knowledge as a transportation lawyer, especially in the maritime field. I realised there was no better place in the world to achieve that goal than Rotterdam − the heart of the maritime world in Europe.
The decision to take the LL.M. in Maritime and Transport Law at Erasmus University has been without doubt the best choice regarding my professional goals. Indeed, this Master Programme perfectly combines the theoretical and the practical side of maritime law, because in addition to having the most recognised legal authorities in this field as professors, there are various company visits, which offer insights into the exciting maritime world. This perfect balance between theory and practice has provided me with tools to provide legal services in the maritime field, and with the highest standards of professionalism and quality.
In addition, the experience of living in Rotterdam is just perfect.The city is full of energy, friendly and multicultural people, and multiple transportation choices suitable to every budget. Rotterdam is also well organised, with beautiful places to meet up with friends. It makes your life as a student easier in every way.
For prospective students who are considering obtaining an LL.M. at Erasmus School of Law, I would advise you not to think twice about it. There is no better place in the world to learn about Maritime Law, and at the same time have the opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable life experience that includes making friends from different countries, learning about the fascinating Dutch culture, travelling through this beautiful country, and being located in a hub that is perfectly located to reach many other marvelous places in Europe.
Finally, I would like to share a quote that I live by: ‘Happiness is a choice of life; enjoy what you do daily, and do it from your heart’.