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Education CV


  • PhD in Law Candidate, Peterhouse, University of Cambridge (2019-)
  • Master of Law (International Law) (First Class), Trinity College, University of Cambridge (2018-2019)
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, Australian National University (2017)
  • Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours), Australian National University (2011-2016)
  • Bachelor of Arts (major in Political Science), Australian National University (2011-2016)

Professional qualifications

  • Admitted to the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory (August 2017)
  • Admitted to the High Court of Australia (September 2017)


  • Peterhouse Graduate Research Studentship, Peterhouse (2019-)
  • Henry Arthur Hollond Studentship, Trinity College Cambridge (2018-2019)
  • Lionel Murphy Endowment Postgraduate Scholarship (Honorary), Lionel Murphy Foundation (2018-2019)
  • Honours Scholarship, ANU (2016)
  • International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) Research Scholarship for Yale, ANU (2014)
  • Banco Santander Scholarship (awarded by both ANU and Yale), Banco Santander (2014)
  • Encounter Europe Scholarship, DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) (with additional scholarship awarded by the ANU Centre for European Studies) (2013)
  • ANU Learning Community Coordinator Scholarship (full residential scholarship to live at Bruce Hall), ANU (2013)

Academic prizes

  • Clive Parry Prize for International Law, University of Cambridge Faculty of Law (2019)
  • Lizette Bentwich Prize for Law, Trinity College Cambridge (2019)
  • Examination Prize, Trinity College Cambridge (2019)
  • Dean’s Certificate for Jessup Moot (shared), ANU (2016)
  • Australian Taxation Office Prize for Income Tax Law, ANU (2014)
  • Ashurst Australia Prize for Corporations Law, ANU (2013)
  • Phillipa Weeks Prize for Labour Law (Sponsored by Holding Redlich), ANU (2013)
  • ACT Director of Public Prosecutions Prize for Criminal Law and Procedure, ANU (2012)
  • Bruce Hall, Burgmann College prizes for outstanding academic achievement, ANU (2012, 2015)

Other academic achievement

  • Senior Scholar/Research Scholar, Trinity College Cambridge (2019)
  • Winning team of the Australian national championships of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition (2016)
  • Best oralist (shared) in Australian Grand Final of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition (2016)
  • Overall Winner for Law, International Undergraduate Awards (2015)
  • First Place in ‘Pacific Politics’, ANU (2015)
  • First Place in ‘History on Trial and in Memorials’, Institut d’études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po Paris) (on exchange) (2014)
  • First Place in ‘Indonesian 1A’, ANU and Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana (2013)

Teaching experience 

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, The Law of the World Trade Organization (LLM), University of Cambridge (2020)
  • Coach, Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, University of Cambridge (2020)
  • Sessional Academic, Corporations Law (LLB and JD), ANU College of Law (2018)

Research experience 

  • Research Assistant to Professor Eyal Benvenisti (2019-)
  • Editorial Assistant to Professor Jean D’Aspremont (2020-)
  • Editorial Assistant to Professor Régis Bismuth (2020)
  • General Editor, Cambridge International Law Journal (2019-2020)
  • Research Assistant to the ANU Centre for Commercial Law (2016-2017)
  • Research Assistant to the ANU Centre for International and Public Law (2016)
  • Research Assistant to Dr Kate Ogg and Dr Susan Rimmer (International Law) (2015-2017)
  • Contributor, Monsoon Project (ANU Publication on Asia and the Pacific) (2015)
  • Research Assistant to Dr Bryan Keon Cohen AM QC (Mabo No 2 archival research) (2014)
  • Research Assistant to Mr Cameron Roles (Employment Law) (2013)
  • Research Assistant to Dr Kath Hall (Corporations Law) (2013)

Professional experience 

  • Consultant Researcher, Climate Litigation Network/Urgenda (2020)
  • Solicitor/Counsel, Office of General Counsel, Australian Government Solicitor (2017-2019)
  • Legal Intern (Mladic case, Trial Chamber I), International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (2016-2017)
  • Legal Administration Officer (Information and Evidence Gathering, Private Groups and High Wealth Individuals), Australian Taxation Office (2015-2016)

Volunteer positions 

  • Volunteer (morning/evening/overnight), CCHP Cambridge Night Shelter (2018-2020)
  • Volunteer Coordinator/volunteer, Consumer Law Centre ACT (2017- 2018)
  • Volunteer Researcher, Femili PNG & Friends of Femili PNG (2017- 2018)
  • Volunteer Paralegal, Women’s Legal Centre ACT & Region (2015-2016)

Fields of research

Dialogue Theory, Human Rights, International Law, Public Law



Professor Alison Young
Dr Andrew Sanger




"Ventilators, Missiles, Doctors, Troops…The Justification of Legislative Responses to COVID-19 through Military Metaphors" (2020) Law and Humanities (forthcoming)

(2020) Law and Humanities (forthcoming)
Published: Forthcoming

"A Doctrinal and Feminist Analysis of the Australian Citizenship Amendment (Allegiance to Australia) Act 2015 (Cth)" (2020) Adelaide Law Review (forthcoming)

(2020) Adelaide Law Review (forthcoming)
Published: Forthcoming

"Shell Companies and Exposing Beneficial Ownership: Testing the Boundaries of the International Commitment to Fight Corruption" (2019) 20(2) Melbourne Journal of International Law (forthcoming)

(2019) 20(2) Melbourne Journal of International Law (forthcoming)
Published: Forthcoming

"A symbolic legislative gesture? An argument for active enforcement of the insider trading prohibition in Myanmar" (2020) 14(1) Law and Financial Markets Review 59

(2020) 14(1) Law and Financial Markets Review 59
Published: Feb 2020