Global challenges all in a day’s work for 2016 World Bank Scholarship recipient

Photo of Rebecca Lucas, who is the 2016 ANU College of Law World Bank Scholar.
Rebecca Lucas is the 2016 ANU College of Law World Bank Scholar. Photo Tim Grainger, ANU.

ANU College of Law student Rebecca Lucas will have the opportunity to explore her deep interest in alleviating poverty and addressing collusive conduct as she prepares to spend several months working with the World Bank’s Special Litigation Unit in Washington, D.C.

The fourth-year student, who is studying law and commerce as part of an ANU Flexible Double Degree, will travel to Washington in November after being announced the recipient of the 2016 World Bank–ANU College of Law Scholarship.

“ANU is unique in that it encourages you to explore diverse opportunities as part of your studies - but to have the opportunity to work for an organisation of the World Bank’s calibre and have support from the College to do that - is really amazing,” Rebecca said.

“In my commerce degree, we’ve been looking at the role of the World Bank in economic development and combatting poverty.

“To have the opportunity to combine my interest in the World Bank and apply law in action, to practice what I have learnt in both degrees in the one forum, is an incredible opportunity.”

Rebecca said she expected to work on investigations into fraud and corruption during her time with the World Bank, and said she hoped to build on her knowledge of collusive conduct.

“I hope to get a holistic idea of the broad goals of the World Bank in terms of ending world poverty, but also an understanding all the different units in the World Bank and how they work together.

“I’m also looking forward to taking up the other opportunities the internship offers to experience how the rest of the organisation works and to attend a number of conferences.

ANU Law Lecturer Kevin Boreham said Rebecca was selected by the World Bank Integrity Vice-Presidency for the 2017 scholarship from among a strong field of well-qualified and highly-motivated candidates. 

“The World Bank Scholarship is a great opportunity for outstanding ANU College of Law students to apply their knowledge to workplace demands in one of the world’s most prestigious and ethically demanding organisations,” he said.

As part of her Fellowship, Rebecca will receive $15,000 to assist with travel and living expenses. Rebecca said she planned to travel to Washington in November, and would work with World Bank special litigator and ANU Alumnus, Matt Harvey.

She said that both Matt and last year’s World Bank Fellow, Kieran Pender, had encouraged her to spend as long as she could in Washington to get the most out of the experience.

Rebecca is currently balancing her university studies with part-time work at local law firm, Bradley Allen Love, and at the Department of Employment. She said that both workplaces had been very supportive of her application for the Fellowship and will allow her to take leave without pay during her time in Washington.

BY LYN LARKIN

Rebecca Lucas

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