Improving the lives of Indigenous people through international law

ANU postgraduate student Darcy Jackman. Photo: Claire Atteia, ANU.

With her sights set on a career in international development, human rights and diplomacy, Darcy Jackman was in the market for a postgraduate legal qualification that would open doors.

Already armed with a Bachelor of Global Studies, the ANU College of Law postgraduate student began studying for her Juris Doctor in February.

“I’m very interested in Indigenous development and the law, and how these areas interact to protect the rights of Indigenous people internationally,” Darcy said.

“I am looking to work for the United Nations or a UN agency, in the NGO sector, or perhaps in human rights in Australia and the Juris Doctor is recognised as an international legal qualification.

“The added attraction for me of studying the degree at the ANU was the College’s expertise in International Law and human rights.”

As she approaches the end of her first semester, Darcy said her experience as a postgraduate student at ANU is quite different to what she’d expected.

“I’d assumed most of the degree would be learning about the theory of law and legal frameworks.

“But the lecturers use an interesting approach with a significant focus on the practical aspects of law – 50 per cent of the time, you’re studying law and legal theory, and 50 per cent of the time, it’s about problem solving.”

In addition to being a mentor on the AIME program – an national initiative that links university and high school students to help increase tertiary participation rates among Indigenous students – Darcy was awarded the Freilich Indigenous Student Scholarship to assist her with her studies.

“The support for postgraduate students from ANU and the ANU College of Law is incredibly valuable.

“Even outside of my scholarship, I have been given a great deal of support from lectures who are always available and happy to help,” Darcy said.

Find out more about the postgraduate courses on offer at the ANU College of Law at the ANU Postgraduate Information Evening on 23 May.

BY LYN LARKIN

Updated:  10 August 2015/Responsible Officer:  College General Manager, ANU College of Law/Page Contact:  Law Marketing Team