The topic for the Global Mobility Immigration Lawyers Scholarship 2018 was:
Immigration lawyers acting for asylum seekers are “unAustralian”. Respond.
We wish to thank all of the student entrants for the extraordinarily rich variety of entries, spanning video, painting, poetry, reflective pieces, traditional essays, and even a satirical brochure.
Please note the views and opinions expressed in these scholarship entries are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Global Mobility Immigration Lawyers
Amid fierce competition, QLD University of Technology Law student Phoebe Egoroff took home the $1000 prize for her superb documentary. For the other component of the scholarship, Phoebe nominated the very worthy Queensland Program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma (QPASTT) for a $1000 donation.
Comments from the national judging panel included:
“Phoebe’s entry stood out as really well researched – she went out of her way to examine the legal and personal implications of the concept that lawyers helping asylum seekers are in-Australian. She was engaging, her video was dynamic and logically presented and she really got to the heart of the question. I was pleased that she reached out to Peter Dutton for comment as well as conducting interviews with those who supported her argument. It was a creative yet thorough analysis of the questions”
“very effective in getting across the message of what is and is not ‘Australian’”
“in interviewing Julian Burnside, and her friend Razik who is a refugee and law student, and her attempts to get an interview with Peter Dutton himself, all show impressive initiative…the final two minutes of the piece make some pertinent and powerful points”
PDF Submission by Maulline Gragau
PDF Submission by Antony Yap
PDF Submission by Alyce Boemia
Image Submission by Tarren Sohier
Material: 20” x 20” Oil on wood
The work focuses on genetic diversity by mapping the DNA profile of a future Australian immigration lawyer. The title “Australian Immigration Lawyer” responds to the topic, “Immigration lawyers acting for asylum seekers are ‘unAustralian’” by highlighting the genetic diversity of all Australians. Its simple representation eliminates the focus on nationality and refocuses on the roots of humanity, with the intent of challenging discriminatory behaviour.
Image Submission by Lia Cragnolini
We thank the other student entrants for their excellent submissions.
We also thank the 2018 National Judging Panel comprising:
Dr Laurie Berg, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney
Associate Professor Peter Billings, TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland
Kathy Bogoyev, Principal Solicitor, The Humanitarian Group
Josh Butler, Senior Reporter, Network Ten
Professor Mary Crock, Professor of Public Law, Sydney Law School, University of Sydney
Ben Doherty, Immigration Correspondent, The Guardian
Professor Michelle Foster, Director, Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne
Dr Daniel Ghezelbash, Senior Lecturer, Macquarie Law School, Macquarie University
Dr Lisa Hartley, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Human Rights Education, Faculty of Humanities, Curtin University
Tanya Jackson-Vaughan, Executive Director, Refugee Advice & Casework Service (RACS)
Associate Professor Mary Anne Kenny, Associate Professor in Law, Murdoch
Kon Karapanagiotidis OAM, CEO & Founder, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC)
Michael Koziol, Immigration and Legal Affairs Reporter, Sydney Morning Herald and The Age
Professor Wendy Lacey, Dean and Head of the School of Law, University of South Australia
Greg Mackay, Director, Refugee and Immigration Legal Service (RAILS)
Emily Darling, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology
David Manne, Executive Director and Principal Solicitor, Refugee Legal
Ali Mojtahedi, Principal Solicitor, Immigration Advice & Rights Centre (IARC)
Dr Maria O’Sullivan, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Monash University
Emily Rutherford, Deputy Chairperson, Refugee Advocacy Services of South Australia (RASA)
Gary Samowitz, CEO, Stand Up
Associate Professor Savitri Taylor, Latrobe University and Refugee Legal
Associate Professor Matthew Zagor, Director of Law Reform And Social Justice, ANU College of Law, Australian National University