Law graduate lands Geneva appointment
Monday, 20 January 2003
University of Adelaide law graduate Ms Letitia Anderson has been offered a unique opportunity with the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva, Switzerland.
Ms Anderson departs Australia on February 8 to begin a three-month stint with the international organization on February 10. After majoring in international law, she will be well versed to tackle a project involving Women Facing War, one of many on the Red Cross' agenda.
Ms Anderson graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Honours and a Bachelor of Laws Honours at the December 2002 graduations. She was also nominated by the Law Faculty to carry the mace at the Graduation Ceremony.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an impartial, neutral and independent organization whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of war and internal violence and to provide them with assistance.
It directs and coordinates the international relief activities conducted by the Movement in situations of conflict. It also endeavours to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening humanitarian law and universal humanitarian principles.
"I am looking forward to working with a high-level international organization," she said. "I am passionate about international law and this is an incredible opportunity. This is a 12-month position and I am hoping to remain for the full period. This will be decided after three months."
A two-month exchange student in France when she was 15, Ms Anderson hopes to "one day" complete a Masters at Oxford University in England. "This has always been a dream of mine," she said.
Ms Anderson completed her South Australian Certificate of Education at Loreto College, Adelaide in 1996 and received a perfect score in four of her five subjects. Her aggregate score was 99/100.
She received numerous academic prizes at the University of Adelaide including the best result overall in the Honours program (2002), best result in Native Title (2002) and the Dean's Certificate of Merit in 2000 and 2001.