Nominations sought for ANU Law Alumni of the Year

The search is on for the ANU College of Law’s most outstanding students and graduates with nominations now open for the 2015 ANU Alumni Awards.

Introduced to recognise those who have achieved exceptional success in their field or made extraordinary contributions to the community, the ANU Alumni Awards are open to alumni and current students in Australia and abroad.

Since the annual awards were first introduced in 2013, the ANU College of Law has had six alumni recognised, with Dean of the ANU College of Law, Professor Stephen Bottomley, saying the College was keen to continue the success in 2015.

“With a 50-year legacy, and almost 17,500 graduates, the ANU College of Law is immensely proud of its alumni.

“The ANU Alumni Awards are an important part of acknowledging the achievements of our graduates, and providing a tangible example of the scope and opportunity enabled through an education at one of the world’s top 15 law schools.”

Previous winners from the ANU College of Law included Jennifer Robinson, now a noted international lawyer representing Julian Assange; Anne Gallagher AO, who served as the special adviser to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; Tess Kelly, a current student who is making considerable contributions to Indigenous reconciliation; and Jamilia Rizvi, Editor-in-Chief of

Professor Bottomley said the awards demonstrated the adaptability and versatility of ANU law students and graduates, and encouraged others to help recognise and celebrate their efforts by making a nomination.

“In law, business, government and across a diverse range of fields, ANU law alumni make a fundamental difference in the world.

“Across Australia and around the world, ANU law alumni can be found working not only as lawyers, but agents for social change, public policy and global diplomacy, with each making an outstanding contribution on a daily basis.

“To those who know or work with ANU law students or alumni, I encourage you to submit a nomination to help ensure their achievements are recognised accordingly,” said Professor Bottomley.

In addition to four standing categories – covering Alumnus of the Year; International Alumnus of the Year; Young Alumnus of the Year; and Student of the Year – three new categories have been introduced for the 2015 awards, including:

  • Alumnus of the Year – Philanthropy; recognising alumni who are giving financially or through their time and expertise to make a significant impact in their community or to the university;
  • Alumnus of the Year – Innovation and Entrepreneurship; recognising alumni who have identified innovative solutions for new and existing markets
  • Alumnus of the Year – Research or Academia; recognising alumni whose research is making a real impact in their community or to the world.

The 2015 ANU Alumni Awards are open to graduates and students in Australia and abroad, with almost a third of nominations in 2014 received for alumni living outside of Australia.

Nominations can be made by ANU staff, students and alumni or a member of the public, and close at midnight on Friday 7 November 2014, with awardees announced in February 2015.

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