Uni's budding international lawyer
Thursday, 10 April 2003
International law is thriving at The University of Adelaide's Law School with final year law student Ms Camille Goodman blazing its colours.
It all began last February when Ms Goodman was awarded the prestigious prize for Best Oralist at the national Jessup Moot Competition in Canberra. The Jessup Moot is the world's most prestigious mooting competition dealing with international law.
The Best Oralist prize recognises the most outstanding achievement by a student in courtroom advocacy during the Australian Rounds of the Jessup Moot. Ms Goodman's success was highlighted by the fact that she was ranked higher than the representatives from the University of Western Australia, who eventually went on to win the equivalent prizes at the International Rounds in Washington last week.
Coupled to her success was the outstanding achievement of the University of Adelaide team of which she was a member. The team not only made the quarter finals in Canberra, but were also awarded prizes for their written pleadings which were ranked second overall.
Ms Goodman's recent success is the latest chapter in a long and distinguished history in the Jessup Moot for the university. Past Jessup champions include local barrister, Andrew Tokley, and recently appointed Justice of the Supreme Court of the ACT, Terry Connolly.
Ms Goodman's recent achievements have lead to an offer of a prestigious internship at the International Law Commission (ILC) in Geneva this year, with the ILC member from South Korea. This internship will span the two five-week sessions of the ILC scheduled for May and July of this year. One of the issues to be considered in the 2003 session is the subject of diplomatic protection, which is an area that she researched in considerable detail for the Jessup Moot.
The internship will be recognised as part of her university studies. The International and Human Rights Internship Programme is a new law course that allows students to go out into the field and gain a deeper knowledge of the practice of international and human rights law.
She will return to the Law School after her internship in August in time to start writing her Honours thesis in international law. In addition, Camille will be actively involved in preparations for a major conference on international law to be held in Adelaide next February. Titled "The Challenge of Conflict: International Law Responds", the conference is a joint initiative of the Law Schools at both Adelaide and Flinders Universities.
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