ANU law graduate making a difference

23 December 2016

From a young age Pia Walker wanted a career with a human rights focus.

She is active in law reform and social justice and volunteered as a student researcher for the ACT Human Rights Portfolio and was a volunteer member of the Community Legal Education Program.

"I think law is a brilliant tool for helping people access their human rights, working at an individual, local community, national or international level," she said.  

Pia has graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the ANU College of Law.

"The opportunities that have been available to me throughout my studies have just been incredible," she said.

"I had the chance to both develop new skills, simultaneously contribute to the community through the law reform and social justice programs and moot in front of Justice Refshauge in the Supreme Court."

Pia volunteered at Minmahaw School, a school for the children of political prisoners on the Thai-Myanmar border.

"I taught courses on human rights, psychology, environmental studies and science," she said.

"This was a really incredible experience, and I learnt a lot both from my students and the other volunteer teachers from around the world."

In 2015 she was the recipient of the Peter Bailey Prize for Human Rights.

She also participated in the Aurora Internship with Reconciliation Australia.

In 2017 Pia will continue to work as a paralegal at Canberra-based law firm Gil-Jones Barker, and will complete a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice through the ANU Legal Worshop.

"I want to be able to look back on my career and feel that I have made a positive difference to people's lives," she said.

"The next few years are going to be about learning and listening to the people around me, and thinking about the best way to carry this goal with me throughout my career." 

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