Alumna wins postgraduate award at Princeton University

7 July 2010

Sydney Law School would like to congratulate Catherine Hawkins (BA 1990, LLB 1993) on winning the Master of Public Policy Award at Princeton University.

The prize was for distinguished academic achievement in the Masters of Public Policy program at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where Catherine majored in Development Studies.

Catherine has worked as a lawyer for the Australian Government Attorney-General's Department since 1993.

Before moving to New York City in late 2007 she was head of Australia's Central Authority for Extradition and Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters. That position involved leading a hectic casework program, treaty negotiation and a major law reform project to revamp Australia's international crime cooperation program.

During her career she hasled law reform policy projects on copyright law and the internet, indigenous copyright, migration litigation reform and various human rights law projects including developing Australia's national age discrimination legislation.

She's also worked in the private office of the Australian Attorney-General, the Australian Senate Legal and Constitutional Committee and had a stint as a consultant doing intellectual property law training for Indonesian government officials.

She's been in reading groups in Canberra, Tehran and New York City and played leadership roles in community organizations dealing with women's legal issues.

She reconnected with her former lecturer, Professor Ron McCallum in late 2008, when she led the successful Australian Government campaign to elect him to the UN Committee for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Contact: Greg Sherington

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