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Our Latest Fulbright Scholar


7 March 2016

Hannah will use the Scholarship to pursue a Master of Laws (LLM) in the United States
Hannah will use the Scholarship to pursue a Master of Laws (LLM) in the United States

Well done to Hannah Ryan BA (Hons) (2012) LLB (Hons) (2014), our latest Fulbright Scholar.

With an interest in Civil Liberties, Hannah will use the Scholarship to pursue a Master of Laws (LLM) in the United States.

"I consider myself very lucky to have studied at Sydney Law School," Hannah said.

"Members of faculty were experts in their field and I was able to benefit from their advice regarding both study and career.

"The energy and intellect of my peers was stimulating."

Hannah is Vice President of the New South Wales Council for Civil Liberties, where she has devised policy, coordinated and written submissions to government inquiries, appeared before a parliamentary committee, and organised public forums, addressing issues including Australia’s counterterrorism laws, press freedoms, whistleblower protections, and privacy.

During her time as a student, she was editor of the University's Student Newspaper, Honi Soit and wrote on legal and civil liberties issues for publications including Sydney Morning Herald, Guardian Australia, Legal Tweaks and New Matilda.

"One of the best opportunities I had at Sydney Law School was being part of the 2013 Philip C Jessup International Law Moot team, supervised by Professor Tim Stephens.

"The intensity and high standard of the competition was a wonderful chance to improve my writing, speaking and reasoning skills.

"I loved studying at Sydney not just for the quality of the education, but even more so for the vibrancy of the campus."

Hannah sees the internet as both an unprecedentedly powerful tool enabling citizens and journalists to express and exchange ideas, and as a key instrument for governments seeking to monitor, and suppress, ideas and communication.

She is particularly interested in conducting research into the legal protection of whistleblowers and hopes her research will contribute to level-headed policy-making in Australia, which protects our security but also properly appreciates the civil liberties interests at stake.