ANU College of Law Masters student, Sarah Castles will spend 12 months working at the world’s foremost international dispute resolution body as the first recipient of the ANU Fellowship to the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.
The ANU College of Law is the only law school in Australia - and one of just four in the world - to offer the PCA fellowship.
Sarah Castles will be heading to the Netherlands in February where she will spend a year immersing herself in the practical and legal aspects of international arbitration.
Deputy Dean, Professor Don Rothwell, said the ANU College of Law was approached by the Court of Arbitration to host the fellowship.
“This fellowship is a significant recognition of the College’s standing in international legal education and of the outstanding quality of our law students and graduates,” Professor Rothwell said.
“The fellowship will provide Sarah with the ability to work at the very highest levels of international law.
“Sarah was an outstanding student and was awarded the fellowship because she also had practical experience in international law through her work in the federal Attorney-General’s Department,” Professor Rothwell said.
Sarah said she was excited to take up the opportunity to directly experience the work of the Permanent Court of Arbitration.
“The PCA plays a central and expanding role in international dispute resolution.”
“Exposure to its work during the fellowship will give me a greater understanding of the mechanisms for resolving international law disputes and be of immense benefit to me in my role in the Australian Government.”
Applications for the 2017 Fellowship will open in early 2016 and a decision on the recipient will be made by mid-2016.
BY LYN LARKIN