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Sydney alumnus wins 2013 Australia-at-large Rhodes Scholarship


13 December 2012

Patrick Bateman aims to secure equal treatment of society's most vulnerable members by specialising as a barrister in human rights law.
Patrick Bateman aims to secure equal treatment of society's most vulnerable members by specialising as a barrister in human rights law.

Sydney alumnus Patrick Bateman has won the Australia-at-large Rhodes Scholarship for 2013.

Patrick will begin a Bachelor of Civil Law and a Master of Science in Global Governance and Diplomacy at the University of Oxford next year.

The former law/economics student aims to secure equal treatment of society's most vulnerable members by specialising as a barrister in human rights law.

In addition, his goals include developing systemic reform to human rights law at international and political levels in order to protect sexual-orientation and gender-identity minority rights.

Patrick graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Economics and Social Sciences (Hons) in 2010 and a Bachelor of Law in 2012. He was part of the team that won the World Championship of the Jessup International Law Moot in 2011.

As a volunteer, he has worked for the Redfern Legal Centre in Sydney, has been a crisis counsellor for Lifeline, and has assisted in a community centre in Cape Town, South Africa.

Since September this year he has worked for the Human Dignity Trust, a unique organisation based in London that tests cases against laws criminalising homosexuality in Jamaica, Belize and Northern Cyprus.

Each year, nine Rhodes scholarships are awarded in Australia to enable outstanding students - chosen on the basis of exceptional intellect, character and leadership.

In October Sydney alumnus Jacob Taylor was awarded the NSW Rhodes scholarship and will study for a Master's in Neuroanthropology in the Centre for Anthropology and Mind at the University of Oxford next year.


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