ANU Spaces – Hannah Bathula

Meet Hannah Bathula, a postgraduate Law student who recently returned from Washington, DC after being the first student ever to receive the World Bank Scholarship.

What do you do at ANU?

I'm in my final year studying the postgraduate law qualification, the Juris Doctor.

What is your favourite spot on campus?

I love our law school lawn.

I like it because...

It's where my friends and I go to sit for lunch, have a group study session, or simply lay out enjoying the sun.

If I were free for an afternoon, I would...

Explore the city's local cafés and catch up with friends.

What did you learn on your recent trip to Washington, DC and what did you take away from the experience?

The fellowship, organised by the ANU North American Liaison Office and ANU Alumni Matt Harvey, a senior litigator at the Special Litigation Unit (SLU) of the Integrity Vice Presidency, was exciting and provided me with a very special experience.

It was my first 'practical' legal experience, which turned out to be on an international platform no less! I took a lot away from this experience, from learning about the objectives of large multinational organisations and how they work, to learning about the very unique role of an international anti-corruption litigator - both the excitement and challenges that come with it.

I've been asked often what the work was like on return and my usual response is "like the movies". The cases I had a chance to work on were incredibly interesting but also showed the widespread prevalence of corruption across many industries. It's worrisome as the consequences of this could potentially impede much needed development work for citizens of those countries, who end up missing out on the benefits of such development projects when there are opportunities for their needs to be met.

How will you use this experience to further your career? What are your next plans?

I've always been interested in the field of development and the fellowship was a fantastic way to learn about a number of roles within the development field. It's still something that I would like to pursue eventually, but my most immediate next step is to get qualified as a lawyer by the end of the year, which I'm really looking forward to.

What advice would you have for other College of Law students in applying?

As clichéd as it sounds, just to be yourself and let that come through in the application process! The SLU team is made up of such a fun bunch of people who genuinely want to get to know you. It's also the holiday season there - which means a string of events in the first couple of weeks including opportunities for you to get your groove on at World Bank staff holiday parties!

The World Bank scholarship is made possible with thanks to ANU Law graduate Matt Harvey, who now works for the World Bank, the ANU North American Liaison Office, and the ANU College of Law. More information can be found on the ANU College of Law website.