Camilla Pondel has stretched her legal skills while working at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), Europe’s oldest and most prominent arbitral institution of its kind.
She’s spending one year at The Hague-based institution after winning the ANU College of Law’s $25,000 Permanent Court of Arbitration Scholarship, applications for which close on 19 August.
“I saw the Fellowship as an opportunity to be exposed to high profile, high value and novel transnational disputes,” the ANU alumna (B Music ’15, LLB (Hons) ’16) says.
“That opportunity was also to broaden my legal practice experience and in particular build on my existing international arbitration experience.
“Since arriving, I have worked with and observed highly skilled arbitrators and legal counsel in a multi-lingual and geographically diverse environment, delving into specific areas of public and private international law of practical application.
“Getting to work in my second language, Russian, has been a challenging experience, the kind which is not so widely available in Australia.
“A specific highlight so far has been working on a multi-lateral fisheries treaty dispute. The hearing in that matter was held at the Peace Palace in The Hague, which I attended, observing States’ representatives make submissions on specific Law of the Sea issues.
“Australia had diplomatic representation at that hearing and it was interesting to reflect on the effect that such disputes may have on Australia’s interests.
“I also want to mention the generosity and high calibre of my colleagues at the PCA, generous in the sense of a willingness to share their knowledge and experience in a way which encourages learning, professional development and friendship.
“Such a work environment truly enhances the learning and skill building opportunities available during the Fellowship
Camilla urges students or alumni who are considering applying to think big about their applications.
“Carefully consider your skills and experiences and how these are translatable to an international institution – don’t undervalue skills developed domestically.”
After her fellowship, Camilla plans to work in the international arbitration practice of an international commercial firm.
Applications for the Permanent Court of Arbitration Scholarship close at 11:50pm, 19 August. Learn all about the ANU College of Law’s scholarships, internships and practical training opportunities at ANU Open Day on 25 August.