One of The University of Western Australia's top Law graduates who aims to use her education to improve the community as a barrister and academic has been awarded the 2011 Rhodes Scholarship for Western Australia.
First Prize was awarded to Peter Congdon (University of Western Australia), who wrote an essay discussing the role of the Crown in today’s working Australian Constitution. The judges were highly impressed with Peter’s extensive research and his written and verbal critical analysis of the topic, awarding him the Professor George Winterton Prize.
Earlier this year Amy Barber, UWA Law graduate, moved to Geneva in Switzerland to work as the intern for the Advisor on Human Trafficking, Mariana Katzarova, at the United Nations in the Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
With the introduction of New Courses 2012, most professional qualifications from UWA will be obtained by completing a postgraduate degree course following an undergraduate degree. The timetable for the introduction of new professional postgraduate courses has been set.
Apart from providing the academic skills required for their careers, UWA hopes to instil in students a desire to serve the community. That message is certainly reflected in the extensive pro bono work undertaken by Anna Rakoczy, UWA graduate and senior litigation lawyer at Corrs Chambers Westgarth.
UWA defeated Bond University's team in the semi final, securing its place representing Australia in the International Rounds in Washington DC.
Afterwards, UWA defeated the Australian National University in a close Grand Final moot, which took place in Court 1 of the High Court. Justice Gummow of the High Court presided over the Grand Final. Last year, UWA was Australian Runner-Up.
A lawyer and a resource economist from UWA are helping lead a national research program that aims to improve the management of Australia’s vital groundwater resources – a resource that Perth depends on.
Responding to the current resources boom, the UWA Law Faculty is offering a new Graduate Diploma in Energy Law in 2010.
Centre for Mining and Engery and Natural Resources Associate Director, John Chandler says “this new 24-point postgraduate qualification will have a unique energy flavour. It emerged from a review of the existing courses offered through the Centre and complements the research activities of our Centre staff”.