Beyond borders: careers in international law

Date & time
12–1.45pm Tuesday 9 May 2023

ANU College of Law Moot Court 5 Fellows Road Acton, ACT 2600

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Presented by ANU Centre for International and Public Law

Careers seminar
Beyond borders: careers in international law

Join us for an illuminating panel discussion featuring several distinguished experts in international law who will share their professional journeys and provide valuable insights into navigating careers in international law.

Our guest speakers represent a diverse range of professional backgrounds, including government agencies, international organisations and academia. The discussion will be opened by one of the foremost experts in the field, Associate Professor Imogen Saunders, Director of the ANU Centre for International and Public Law (CIPL).

Shashwat Tripathi, President of the ANU International Law Society (ILS) and an ANU Juris Doctor candidate, will moderate the discussion with our speakers. They will share insights into their career journeys, including the obstacles they overcame and opportunities they pursued. Don’t miss their valuable advice for students interested in pursuing a career in international law.

This event is for students who are passionate about exploring the diverse range of career paths in international law and offers an excellent opportunity to gain invaluable insights into the field. A pizza lunch will be provided, and there will be an opportunity to network with the panelists at the end.


  • Matthew Neuhaus »

    Matthew Neuhaus is an Honorary Professor of International Law at the ANU College of Law since November 2022. He was the Australian Ambassador to the Netherlands from August 2018 to October 2022, and a Permanent Representative to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Mr Neuhaus has served as the Australian Ambassador to Zimbabwe and High Commissioner to Nigeria and has held senior positions in DFAT and PMC. He has represented Australia at the ICJ, ICC, PCA, and other international legal bodies. Mr Neuhaus has degrees from the University of Sydney and the University of Cambridge, and attended the Harvard University Kennedy School Leaders in Development Program.

  • Siobhan Hobbs »

    Siobhan Hobbs is an accomplished human rights lawyer and gender justice advocate. As Gender Adviser to the UN Special Rapporteur for Afghanistan, she provides strategic advice on promoting gender equality and protecting women's rights. With previous experience as a gender advisor to two United Nations commissions of inquiry in North Korea and Eritrea, she helped to bring attention to previously undocumented violence and discrimination against women.

  • Jessica Elliott »

    Jessica Elliott (BA, LLB (Hons) '18) is a Legal Officer in the International Law Branch at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Prior to joining DFAT, Jessica held the roles of Tipstaff and Research Director to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. She also worked as a Solicitor for the Aboriginal Legal Service. Jessica currently works as a tutor at the ANU College of Law, teaching Litigation & Dispute Management, and serves as an assessor in International Law of Human Rights.

  • Sam Saunders »

    Sam Saunders (BEc, LLB (Hons) '18) is currently a Senior Legal Officer in the Office of International Law at the Attorney-General's Department. He has worked at the department for over two years in various roles focusing on trade, investment, and general public international law. Additionally, he has experience in commercial litigation having worked as a Solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills. Sam remains connected to the ANU College of Law as a tutor and coach for the Jessup Moot.

  • Associate Professor Imogen Saunders »

    Associate Professor Imogen Saunders (PhD '13), ANU College of Law, is a prominent international law researcher and Director of the Centre for International and Public Law. Her scholarly works have been published in prestigious journals like the American Journal of International Law, the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, and the Australian Yearbook of International Law. She recently released her book on General Principles of Law as a source of international law, and is part of the Backlashes Against International Law research collaboration across three institutions. Imogen's current research projects include COVID-19 and international law, and the history of women in international law.

  • Shashwat Tripathi »

    Shashwat Tripathi is an ANU Chancellor's Scholar and Student Ambassador at the ANU College of Law, where he is pursuing his Juris Doctor degree. He is the President of the ANU International Law Society (ILS) and the Editor-in-Chief of the ANU Journal of Law and Technology (JOLT). He has a keen interest in international law and has been actively involved in various activities related to the field. He has gained diverse legal experience through his work as a paralegal at MinterEllison and Stirling & Rose and as a law intern at Linklaters in Singapore.

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