The employability of graduates from the ANU College of Law has again been recognised with the 2015 Peter Nygh Hague Conference Internship awarded to an ANU law graduate for the second time in as many years.
Derek Bailey, who completed his BA/LLB (Hons) in December last year and was awarded the prestigious internship at a ceremony in Canberra last night, is the second ANU law graduate following the success of Brody Warren in 2014.
Named after the late Hon Dr Peter Nygh AM, a renowned international lawyer and former judge of the Family Court of Australia, the internship will see Derek spend six months in the Netherlands working with the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference.
“I'll be working to support the Bureau in preparing for an upcoming Special Commission relating to issues in inter-country adoption, and assisting in their preparation for meetings on issues of cross-border enforcement of judgments,” Derek said.
The Hague Conference on Private International Law is a global intergovernmental organisation comprised of 70 members that has been meeting since 1893 with the aim of achieving ‘progressive unification of the rules of private international law’.
“At a time of growing international jurisdictional conflict, The Hague Conference’s aim of ‘progressive unification’ of legal systems, in the 21st Century, has never been more important,” Derek said.
“I completed my thesis in private international law, or conflict of laws as it is known in Australia, examining exorbitant jurisdiction in Dubai's legal system.
“I am particularly excited to be invited to The Hague as I will be able to further my knowledge of conflict of laws at the world's peak body in the discipline.”
Peter Nygh Hague Conference Internship is presented by the Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) and the Australian Branch of the International Law Association, and provides funds to cover the cost of travel and living expenses.