Join us for this weeks roundup of inspiring Scholar news...
Congratulations Jessie Smith
2019 Susan and Isaac Wakil John Monash Scholar Jessie Smith has secured a barrister's pupillage at the leading human rights Doughty Street Chambers. Jessie will join eminent Australian lawyers including Geoffrey Robertson QC, Gillian Triggs (United Nations Assistant Secretary-General) and Jen Robinson, alongside Amal Clooney and Sir Keir Starmer. She will be practicing in criminal law, public law and international criminal law. Jessie is currently undertaking her John Monash Scholarship-supported PhD in Law at the University of Cambridge. Her research considers the sentencing of accused terrorists, with a focus on risk. She hopes her findings will be adopted by courts in Australia and the UK.
The COVID-19 Pandemic and the case for anarchism
“One ought not to consider that a citizen belongs to himself, but rather that all belong to the city; for each individual is a part of the city.” Quoting Aristotle in an ABC article is Dr Jeremy Bell, 2007 John Monash Scholar. His writing is a philosophical deep dive into the political reactions in response COVID-19, in which he borrows Tolkien’s political opinions to explore one’s obligations and objections to anarchy, the monarchy and liberalism.
Addressing a culture of misogyny
In an episode of the ABC’s 7.30 Report this Wednesday, 2018 Zelman Cowen John Monash Scholar Amy Burton spoke up against grievous police misconduct. A managing lawyer at Everyday Justice, Amy’s client who is a victim of domestic violence in NSW was betrayed by Officers from the Hornsby Police Station and felt unsupported by their culture of misogyny.
Featured Podcast with Dr Brett Shannon
Dr Brett Shannon 2021 Australian Universities’ John Monash Scholar has recently finished a term as Chairperson for the Brisbane Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service. In this podcast, he discusses his PhD studies at the University of Illinois, and his research into supporting Indigenous and vulnerable populations through prevention strategies for occupational injuries.
Is the city that never sleeps springing back to life?
ABC NewsRadio spoke with Dr Alexandra Phelan, 2013 Pratt Foundation John Monash Scholar on Monday. In her interview, Alexandra discussed the vaccine uptake in New York City in comparison to Washington DC. As the American community recovers from the trauma of the previous year, people are slowly venturing out whilst taking the appropriate social distancing measures.
Exploring tax policies to help African countries in debt
The African Development Bank has called upon Alexandra Readhead, 2014 BHP John Monash Scholar, to co-present their webinar that links tax policies to effective debt management. The webinarwill discuss ways in which to manage escalating debt levels in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, using innovative tax policies to improve financing opportunities. Alexandra will be joining senior government officials and international experts who like her, are leaders on this issue.