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Scholarship puts University of Tasmania law graduate on a path to The Hague

The legacy of the sole Tasmanian victim of the Bali bombings will continue in 2018 with the awarding of the annual Tim Hawkins Memorial Scholarship.

Faculty of Law graduate Mea Quartararo was presented the prestigious scholarship at a ceremony last Friday, 2 February.

The scholarship will allow her to take up a research assistant position in the Prosecutor’s Office at the International Criminal Court in The Hague for six to nine months. She will also receive an allowance of $19,000 and a return airfare.

Professor Kate Darian-Smith, Executive Dean of the College of Arts, Law and Education, congratulated Mea on her achievement.

“Mea’s academic accomplishments and commitment to helping those most in need through volunteering work are very fitting of the spirit of the Tim Hawkins Memorial Scholarship,” Professor Darian-Smith said.

“This scholarship will support and encourage her on her path towards advancing social justice within the international sphere.”

Mea graduated from the University of Tasmania in August last year with a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice.

She is passionate about advocacy and has her sights set on a career in law.

“It’s a pretty incredible opportunity to work with the top people in the legal field, some of the best lawyers in the world, and in a totally different legal context to what we get exposed to in law school. It will be a great experience and I am really looking forward to it,” she said.

This is the 14th presentation of the Tim Hawkins Memorial Scholarship.

The scholarship is provided in memory of Tim Hawkins, a young Tasmanian who tragically died in Bali in October 2002 as the result of a terrorist act.

Tim was an international oarsman and had completed a building apprenticeship before graduating in the combined degrees of Commerce and Law with Honours in Law. He was admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of Tasmania. The scholarship was endowed by friends and family in his memory.

Image: Tim Hawkins Memorial Recipient Mea Quartararo and Adjunct Professor Tim McCormack.

Published on: 05 Feb 2018 10:35am