Sophia Collins is ANU Law's first London IBA intern

Sally Wheeler, Sophia Collins and Jo Ford
ANU Law Dean Professor Sally Wheeler (left), Sophia Collins, and Associate Dean (International), Associate Professor Jo Ford

I believe this internship will build on the skills I’ve developed at ANU by allowing me to do practical research and policy work and exposing me to international legal perspectives.

Law and languages student, Sophia Collins, is heading to London as the University’s first intern to the International Bar Association.

Sophia, who will from January 2019 work on a range of projects in the IBA’s Research and Legal Policy Unit, applied because she’s enjoyed several ANU courses which had a strong legal research and policy focus.

“I believe this internship will build on the skills I’ve developed at ANU by allowing me to do practical research and policy work and exposing me to international legal perspectives,” the fifth-year  Bachelor of Laws (Hons) / Bachelor of Languages (majoring in Spanish and minoring in Indonesian) student says.

Sophia will be working alongside ANU alumnus Kieran Pender (LLB Hons ’18, BA (Hons) ’16), a legal adviser in the Research and Legal Policy Unit.

“While the quality of candidates was incredibly impressive – which made the ultimate decision challenging – Sophia stood out because of her diverse international experience and past exposure to the International Bar Association’s work via her involvement on the ANU Law Reform and Social Justice’s Corporate Accountability Project,” Kieran says.

“She has also demonstrated her research ability at the ANU School for Regulation and Global Governance, and in the pressurised environment of the Jessup moot.

The International Bar Association is at the forefront of efforts to educate the profession on business and human rights considerations which might arise in the context of providing legal advice. We also demonstrate consistent thought leadership on issues concerning the impact of technology on the law and are currently leading a global initiative to address bullying and sexual harassment in the legal workplace.

“In addition to working on these and other projects, we encourage all of our interns to engage in the active London legal community by attending seminars and networking events.”

Q and A with Sophia.

Why did you apply for the London IBA internship?

I’ve always been interested in legal research and policy work and I think this internship will be a unique opportunity to get experience in that area. Through ANU Law Reform and Social Justice’s Corporate Accountability Project, I also had the opportunity to do background research for an International Bar Association report in my second year. That project helped me to get an idea of the work the International Bar Association does and ios one of the big reasons I applied for this scholarship.

What sort of things will you be doing there?

During my time in London, I’ll be an intern in the International Bar Association’s Legal Policy and Research Unit. I’ll be assisting with research on topics relevant to the global legal profession, such as business and human rights, and disruptive innovation.

How will it build on your studies?

Throughout my law degree, I’ve been able to choose courses that have had a strong legal research and policy focus. I believe this internship will build on the skills I’ve developed at ANU by allowing me to do practical research and policy work and exposing me to international legal perspectives.

Do you have any comments for the sponsors of the scholarship, and for students considering applying in future years?

I’m extremely grateful to ANU and to the alumni community in London for this opportunity. Part of what makes the ANU such a great place to study is that students have these kinds of opportunities to gain practical experience in their areas of interest.

My advice to students in future years is to keep an eye out for these kinds of opportunities, and if there is an opportunity you’re interested in, put in an application, because you never know what will come of it.

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