The ANU College of Law awards a Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) Scholarship annually. Kashpee Wahid (BA/ LLB (Hons) ’13, GDLP ’14) is this year’s recipient of this prestigious scholarship. Only one such scholarship is awarded in Australia.
Currently a Human Rights Intern at the Permanent Mission of Australia to the United Nations, Kashpee had previously sought out every available International Law opportunity, including an exchange semester at the University of Vienna, publishing her Honours thesis on International Criminal Law, and doing a Masters in International Law at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Boston.
Her employment experience has reinforced her commitment to the area of International Law. Previous roles include being a Fellow at Tufts Initiative on Mass Atrocities and Genocide and being an Associate Editor at Anton’s Weekly Digest of International Law in Canberra.
Kashpee jokes that she was selected for the PCA Fellowship because she is an International Law nerd – “And the ANU produces quite a few of them! I think a sustained commitment to International Law ultimately helped me get this Fellowship, which is such a brilliant launching pad for a career in this field,” she said.
In her new role Kashpee will be working as an Assistant Legal Counsel at the Court on a wide range of matters, from International Law of the Seas to Investor-State arbitration. The role encompasses some areas Kashpee is passionate about, such as International Dispute Resolution. “And of course, the Hague is essentially the International Law capital of the world, so I’m really looking forward to being in that ecosystem,” said Kashpee.
In the future, the energetic Kashpee hopes to continue working in International Law and Affairs, learning as many languages and living in as many places as she can.
“The ANU College of Law is the only Australian university currently awarding a PCA Fellowship,” said Deputy Dean of ANU College of Law, Professor Don Rothwell. “This program highlights the ongoing commitment of the College to providing unique international law opportunities for students and graduates. The College is delighted to be able to send a graduate of Kashpee’s quality to engage in the work of the PCA.”