Governor-General's Undergraduate Essay Competition

20 July 2011

Congratulations to Naomi Hart (BA 2009, LLB 2011) on winning the 2011 Governor-General's Undergraduate Essay Competition.

Justice Virginia Bell of the High Court announced Naomi as the winner on 14 July 2011.

Naomi's essay was on Australian refugee policy and the need for Australian laws to address this issue while considering humanitarian concerns and national security.

"I really valued this opportunity to engage with not only dimensions of individual citizenship, but also what we should expect of responsible, compassionate governments," Naomi said.

"It was rewarding to immerse myself in a topic I find interesting, and especially to defend my position before the judging panel."

Naomi will be awarded her prize by former Governor-General, Major General Michael Jeffery AC, AO(Mil), CVO, MC (Rtd) and Her Excellency, Professor Marie Bashir AC, CVO, Governor of NSW at a CEFA Awards Ceremony to be held in Sydney on November 29th, 2011.

The judging panel consisted of The Hon. Justice Bell and:

Naomi spent the first half of 2011 working as a research assistant to Associate Professor Ben Saul.

This position entailed conducting research into international humanitarian law and international law relating to terrorism, and working on cases of individual clients, including asylum seekers.

She is currently in New Orleans undertaking a three-month voluntary internship with a law firm that defends death row inmates.

"I have been assigned to appeals cases dealing with prosecution malpractice and deficiencies in due process during trials," she said.

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