Kirsten Sjolander Memorial Prize for Advanced International Human Rights Law

Each year the ANU College of Law may offer one award known as the Kirsten Sjolander Memorial Prize for Advanced International Human Rights Law.  

The objectives of the prize are to recognise the student(s) who has demonstrated a high level of academic excellence through being awarded the highest result in LAWS8234 International Human Rights Law.  

Funding for this prize has been provided by alumni, staff, friends and family of Kirsten Sjolander and the ANU College of Law.  

Offered by ANU College of Law

Overview

Each year the ANU College of Law may offer one award known as the Kirsten Sjolander Memorial Prize for Advanced International Human Rights Law.  

The objectives of the prize are to recognise the student(s) who has demonstrated a high level of academic excellence through being awarded the highest result in LAWS8234 International Human Rights Law.  

Funding for this prize has been provided by alumni, staff, friends and family of Kirsten Sjolander and the ANU College of Law.  

The Kirsten Sjolander Memorial Prize for Advanced International Human Rights Law was established in memory of ANU Law PhD student, Kirsten Sjolander, who passed away in March 2017 following an 18-month battle with an aggressive form of melanoma. She was an inspiration to the ANU Law community with her research exploring the intersection between law and neuroscience, seeking the origins of human rights concepts.

Kirsten had a 20-year career in human rights and international relations and twice received the Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal (HOSM) from the Australian Governor-General for her human rights and humanitarian work abroad. She worked as a human rights defender and humanitarian aid worker with the United Nations; the Director for Human Rights and Indigenous Issues and Director for Southern and Central Africa with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and held positions with the Australian Trade Commission and the former Australian Agency for International Development and various international NGOs. She worked in several parts of Asia, Africa and the Middle East including Burma, Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territory, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kenya, the Sudan, Kuwait, Iraq, Jordan, Cyprus, Lebanon, and Bosnia.

Details of prizes including eligibility and Conditions of Award are subject to change without notice.

Previous winners

Year Name
2020 Rebekah Erin McWhirter
2019 Jonathan Theophilus Tjandra
2018 Laura John
2017 Katrina Hall (Inaugural award)