Fourth year Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce student Maxine Viertmann will spend next Summer in Washington D.C. after being named the 2018 World Bank Integrity Vice-Presidency Fellow.
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She will work under the supervision of the Head of the Special Litigation Unit within the World Bank Group's Integrity Vice Presidency (INT), an opportunity she has hoped for since she began law school.
"I've kept my eye out for this scholarship since my first year at the law school when Edmund Bao (BComm '14, LLB (Hons) '15) - who has since become a friend of mine - did it," she said.
"During my time at the World Bank, I will draft Statements of Accusations and Evidence and other legal documents, review investigative reports for evidentiary support and adherence to the World Bank's legal framework, whilst assisting Special Litigation Unit lawyers in addressing specific legal issues and partnering with investigative teams on specific cases."
Maxine works part-time as a law clerk in the litigation and dispute resolution team at BAL Lawyers, where she has been for over 2 years. In 2016, she was selected to participate in the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) Global Summer Program at the University of Oxford, which gave her the chance to learn about a whole host of different issues from climate change and conservation to urbanisation and disruptive technologies. Maxine's interest in living and working abroad saw her return to London this year to undertake a legal research internship at the International Bar Association, where her work covered anti-corruption, whistleblowing and sextortion. She has developed an interest in corporate social responsibility, fraud prevention and anti-corruption.
"It will be interesting to take the skills I have learnt abroad and apply it to different content," she said.
"I'm also looking forward to working with the World Bank as I've come to learn how important multi-lateral bodies are to the broader geo-political environment."
Maxine was grateful for the opportunity and particularly ANU College of Law's academic staff for engaging her throughout her degree.
"I'd like to thank all the ANU College of Law for providing me with this scholarship to make this all possible and the many lecturers and tutors I've had over the years," she said.
"Good lecturers and tutors help you to engage with the content and bring out your natural interests. At ANU, I've had some of the nicest and the most genuinely interested tutors and lecturers that I've ever come across. They've all played a huge role in getting me here."
While the World Bank Fellowship will be another noteworthy string to Maxine's already well-strung bow, her decision to apply, and her excitement to have been accepted have resulted from her desire to seek opportunities to learn.
"Each experience is a chance to explore new things and develop my natural interests," she said. "I look forward to this opportunity to combine my interest in commercial and international law with my passion for international affairs and social justice."