As part of the selection process I met some of the other applicants, who were all remarkable people, and I’m so grateful to be part of the cohort.
ANU Law graduate Ellen Chapple (BA ’11, LLB (Hons) ’11, GDLP ’14) has received the prestigious and valuable R.G. Menzies Scholarship to undertake post-graduate studies at Harvard University in Cambridge Massachusetts.
Ellen, who won the 2010 Jessup International Law Moot, wanted the opportunity to study Harvard's courses on environmental law and the rights of indigenous peoples. She became interested in the two fields when she began training for the Jessup, and went on to research the topic for her honours thesis.
Continuing that interest, Ellen currently works for the Crown Law Office in New Zealand, working in the Treaty of Waitangi and Natural Resources teams and as Private Secretary to the Attorney-General.
“I knew I wanted to work at that intersection of Indigenous rights and environmental law and New Zealand is at the cutting edge of the area,” she said.
“It will be valuable for me to get a perspective from the United States as well because the law on ownership of natural resources in Native American reservations is very interesting and it’s informed the law in Australia and New Zealand.
“Harvard offers specific courses covering Indigenous ownership of natural resources.”
Ellen will begin her studies in August and spend nine months abroad.
“Without the R.G. Menzies Scholarship I wouldn’t be able to go to Harvard,” she said.
“It’s an absolute honour to be selected as an R.G. Menzies scholar. As part of the selection process I met some of the other applicants, who were all remarkable people, and I’m so grateful to be part of the cohort.”
Ellen joins a group of ANU Law-connected R.G. Menzies Scholars, including alumni 2016 recipient Sibella Matthews (GDLP ’14), 2015 recipient Patrick Mayoh (BAsiaPacStudies ’12, GradDipAsiaPacStudies ’12, LLB (Hons) ’12, GDLP ’13), 1983/84 recipient Professor Andrew Byrnes (BA (Hons) ’79, LLB (Hons) ’82), and the current Chair of the scholarship selection committee, Professor Kim Rubenstein, who was a recipient in 1991/92.