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Health law student joins international delegation on HIV law

3 October 2016
Written by Professor Roger Magnusson

Natasha Naude is the first health law intern under an agreement between the University of Sydney and IDLO to establish a health law internship program. 

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Master of Health Law candidate Natasha Naude, pictured here with her daughter Mahla.

Master of Health Law candidate Natasha Naude joined a delegation from the International Development Law Organisation (IDLO) attending the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, on 18-22 July 2016. 

Natasha is the first health law intern under an agreement between the University of Sydney and IDLO to establish a health law internship program. 

Her responsibilities included supporting IDLO events and activities at the conference, attending satellite meetings and drafting a report on HIV, law and human rights, to be published by IDLO. 

The Sydney Law School-IDLO health law internship builds on the University’s Memorandum of Understanding with IDLO, and supports IDLO’s law-related work in the health sector in developing countries. 

“The health law internship gives Sydney health law students the opportunity to work in-house with IDLO on a current project in a host country, or at IDLO offices around the world,” said Professor Roger Magnusson. 

“Each internship will be a bespoke experience, tailored around the current activities of IDLO’s health law program. Natasha’s demonstrated interest in HIV and the law was a perfect fit for IDLO’s involvement in the 21st International AIDS Conference.” 

To apply for the internship, students need to be enrolled in the Master of Health Law or Graduate Diploma of Health Law at Sydney Law School, or enrolled in health law units as part of their Juris Doctor or LLB program. 

Natasha’s interest in the intersection of HIV and the law was reflected in her honours thesis, which examined the status of criminal transmission for HIV in Australia. 

As a Master of Health Law candidate, Natasha has also examined whether the Red Cross 12-month donor deferral period for men who have ever had sex with men is necessary, adequate and appropriate to prevent the transmission of blood-borne infections. 

Following her time in Durban, Natasha, who is Product Manager (Knowledge) at risk management firm SAI Global, will continue her studies in health law.

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