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Letter from the Inaugural Recipient of the Justice Peter Hely Scholarship


25 September 2009

Lucas Bastin is the inaugural recipient of the Justice Peter Hely Scholarship, which was established by the Law School through contributions from the friends and colleagues of the late Justice Peter Hely. The scholarship promotes postgraduate study in the fields of commercial law and equity. It is open to final year law students, Law graduands and graduates of the University of Sydney, to enable them to undertake a postgraduate degree in the fields of commercial law and equity, either by research or coursework, at the University of Sydney or any other appropriate university. Lucas was on a team of Sydney Law School students who won the 2007 World Champions of the Philip C Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

Dear Professor Triggs,

With the year at Oxford University and the BCL having now finished, I thought I would write to you a brief letter for circulation to the benefactors of the Justice Hely Scholarship. The year has been a fantastic one. I took subjects in Evidence, International Economic Law and The European Union as an Actor in International Law and wrote a dissertation on legal professional privilege. With results recently released, I am happy to say that I did well in each subject, and have been awarded a Distinction in my BCL degree. After a long year's work, and even though the experience of this degree at this university is in itself fulfilling, to obtain such a result is very satisfying.

However, the year has been more than just study. Oxford is a beautiful place, with extracurricular opportunities in many areas. Because of this, I have played in the intercollegiate football and cricket competitions, mooted before Lord Scott of Foscote, published articles, travelled around the UK, learnt how to punt, and met a wide variety of talented and inspiring individuals.

The future is exciting. I recently made the difficult decision between pursuing further research at Oxford on the issue of Arctic sovereignty, and taking up a position in the public international law group in the London office of Latham & Watkins. Both were tempting offers, however I started with Latham & Watkins in early September. My path has been paved by the generosity of the benefactors of the Justice Hely Scholarship, without which I would not have arrived in Oxford, and for which I am continuingly grateful.

Kind regards,

Lucas Bastin

BA '04; LLB '06 (Syd); BCL '09 (Oxon)