Demystifying Law Careers: law reform, social justice and public law

Date & time
5.30–7.30pm Tuesday 4 October 2022

Phillipa Weeks Staff Library, ANU College of Law, Building 7, Room 7.4.1.


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Temiloluwa Oladiji
Panel discussion

Part of the Demystifying Law Careers series

Demystifying law careers

Are you interested in where your law degree could take you? Join the ANU College of Law for the Demystifying Law Careers series as we focus on exploring careers in law reform, social justice, environmental and public law.

Our panellists will explore their experiences in the legal field as well as the steps they took to get to their current positions. Light refreshments will be provided.

The Demystifying Law Career series focuses on analysing traditional and alternative careers through panel discussions featuring various leaders in the legal field. Throughout the series, we will be exploring various careers in international and comparative law, law reform, social justice and environmental law, public law, commercial and corporate law.


  • Justice David Mossop »

    David Mossop

    David Mossop was sworn in as a Judge of the Court on 13 February 2017.  At the time of his appointment he was the Associate Judge of the Court, a position which he had held since 2013, first as Master and then as Associate Judge after the title of that office was changed when the Courts Legislation Amendment Act 2015 (ACT) came into effect on 21 April 2015. He holds a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales and a Master of Laws (Public Law) from the Australian National University. He was admitted to practice as a solicitor in 1992. He practised as a barrister for 14 years from 1998 to 2011. He served as a Magistrate and Coroner from 2012 to 2013. 

  • Dr Jessica Hambly »

    Jessica Hambly

    Dr Jessica Hambly is a Senior Lecturer at the ANU College of Law, and Deputy Director of the Law Reform and Social Justice program. 

    She is a socio-legal scholar with interests relating to: access to justice for people seeking asylum; asylum law and procedure; refugee rights; gender and migration; legal professions and radical lawyering; legal geography; inclusion and participation in 'legal spaces'; court and tribunal architectures. Her PhD was a socio-legal study of the role of lawyers in UK asylum appeals, funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council. 

    Past research projects include as a postdoctoral researcher on 'ASYFAIR' - a comparative study of asylum appeal procedures around Europe, based at the French National Asylum Court, and as a researcher on 'The Citizenship and Law Project', focusing on children's citizenship rights.

  • Kieran Pender »

    Kieran Pender

    Kieran Pender is a senior lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, specialising in democratic freedoms and whistleblower protections. He is also an accomplished writer, with his works appearing in multiple law journals, the Guardian, the Saturday Paper and the Monthly. He was recently named the ACT Law Society's Young Lawyer of the year.

  • Melanie Montalban »

    Melanie Montalban

    Melanie is the managing lawyer at the Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) ACT. She is an expert in administrative, environmental, refugee, human rights, and public international law.


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