A long-term interest in international law and its role in fighting corruption and fraud has seen ANU College of Law student, Edmund Bao, announced as the recipient of the prestigious 2014 World Bank Scholarship.
Edmund, who is currently completing a flexible double law and commerce degree, will travel to Washington D.C. in December and spend two months as a Fellow in the Special Litigation Unit of the World Bank’s Integrity Vice-Presidency Unit.
Deputy Dean of the ANU College of Law, Professor Donald R Rothwell, congratulated Edmund on his success, saying the scholarship demonstrated the diverse opportunities available for law students to see the law in action.
“The World Bank Scholarship reinforces the ANU College of Law’s objective for students to experience law and ‘learn through doing’.
“As in previous years, selecting the recipient of the World Bank scholarship was a difficult decision given the many strengths of each candidate.
“I’m delighted we’ve been able to get such close alignment between the interests of Edmund, and the work undertaken by the World Bank,” said Professor Rothwell.
While the opportunity to work with the World Bank’s Special Litigation Unit held obvious appeal for any law student, Edmund said the scholarship reflected his particular interests in commercial and international law, and the role of the Bank in maintaining the integrity of major projects around the world.
“At ANU, I had the opportunity of working with leading international law academics. Through those experiences, I’ve come to develop my interest in international commercial law.
“The opportunity to work with a global organisation such as the World Bank – and get such direct insight to legal and commercial relationships across different countries – is a tremendous privilege.” Edmund said.
Edmund’s success in being awarded the 2014 World Bank Scholarship follows his significant commitment to go beyond the lecture theatre to build and expand upon his understanding of the law.
Balancing full-time study with part-time work as a paralegal in a commercial law firm, Edmund also volunteers at the Youth Law Centre ACT, is the student editor of the Federal Law Review, and the competitions director for the ANU International Law Society. Edmund was also member of the 2014 ANU Jessup Moot Team, and is currently completing a pre-honours thesis on cross-cultural business collaboration as part of his commerce degree.
As part of his role as a World Bank fellow, Edmund will work alongside investigators, lawyers and advisers to monitor, address and prevent fraud and corruption in major projects funded by the World Bank.
Depending on the project, Edmund’s role will involve range of activities, including the preparation of Statements of Accusations and Evidence, drafting legal documents, reviewing investigative reports, and partnering with investigative teams on specific integrity cases.
Further information on the ANU College of Law World Bank Scholarship and other student awards is available on the Scholarships and awards page.