ANU alumna Sophie Yates has received the coveted Nygh internship from the Australian Institute of International Affairs to spend several months at the Hague Conference in 2019.
She is the seventh graduate from the ANU College of Law to have achieved the honour, and follows 2018 recipient and alumna Xara Kaye.
“I applied for the Nygh Internship because I wanted to follow my interest in private international law,” Sophie, a Sydney-based lawyer, says.
“I think it’s a fantastic opportunity to contribute to The Hague Conference's project of ‘progressive unification’ of the rules of private international law in action, and a great chance to live and work overseas.
“My understanding is that I will be assisting the Legal Officers at the Permanent Bureau with their work. It will involve comparative legal research and drafting related to the various conventions The Hague Conference drafts and maintains.
“It will be particularly exciting to be there in 2019 as The Hague Conference gears up for the Diplomatic Session of the Judgments Project.”
Sophie, who’s currently a Tipstaff to a Judge in the Supreme Court of New South Wales, says she hopes the overseas internship will boost her career.
“I am hoping to develop a broader understanding of the international legal environment and gain some exposure to the intersection between law, policy and diplomacy. “
Sophie graduated from ANU in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts (International Relations) / Bachelor of Laws (1st class Hons).
She particularly enjoyed her final year in the College of Law.
“I’m particularly grateful to Professor James Stellios who taught and convened those courses and supervised my thesis, and to Professor William Gummow AC who co-taught Conflicts of Laws.”
Professor Stellios says Sophie is well-prepared for her overseas experience.
“Sophie completed her honours project on the rules and exceptions that constitute the foreign act of state doctrine,” he says.
“Her outstanding academic achievements demonstrate her aptitude for private international law, and offer her an excellent grounding for The Hague Conference internship program.”