Five more questions before you graduate: Sonja Halbich

Sonja Halbich

Why did you decide to study law?

At school my dream was to enter politics and effect change. I thought studying law, especially in Canberra, would be the perfect background.

Funnily enough, it turned out that it was law, not politics, I really enjoyed. I discovered my passion in social justice and international law, particularly human rights and corporate regulation.

What was the best thing about your time at ANU College of Law?

Meeting amazing and inspiring people from all around the world. I made lifelong friends during the long hours at the law library, at college, on exchange in Vienna and in my ‘Justice Gypsies’ team in Myanmar.

The academics at ANU have also been incredible mentors. I learnt to question, be creative and understand the complexities of law from fantastic lecturers, tutors and supervisors.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about studying law?

Go for it, law has so many different pathways and I found it a really interesting degree. Plus, be open to the wonderful opportunities ANU offers alongside your studies.

I would also say to them – while it is great to get advice from other students, don't be intimidated or lost in the hype of what everyone else is doing. At the end of the day, do what you enjoy and is true to your values.

What was your honours thesis about?

My honours thesis was about Business & Human Rights, examining the use of human rights discourse to inform transnational corporate responsibility. Doing a thesis meant I could dip into areas of law I found fascinating and I drew on sources from human rights, international investment law and critical legal theory.

I am so thankful for all the support and guidance from my supervisor, Associate Professor Jo Ford. Although challenging, it was a definitely a highlight of my degree. 

What’s next?

The ultimate question! After a crazy final semester, I didn’t have an impressive list of graduate jobs lined up. At first I found this terrifying but now I am grateful and excited going forward. It gave me a chance to reflect and plan how to pursue issues meaningful to me.

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