Social Justice Scholarship

The Global Mobility Immigration Lawyers scholarship invites students to explore issues touching on the intersection of immigration, law, social justice and multiculturalism. It was created with law students in mind.

The inaugural topic is:

 Immigration lawyers acting for asylum seekers are “unAustralian”. Respond.

The topic (and scholarship itself) is inspired by a recent panel I chaired at the Law Council of Australia’s Immigration Law Conference, exploring the relationship between immigration lawyers, Ministers and the media – you can listen to the audio or the read the transcript here:


A single winner will be selected every year, and awarded:

  1. $1,000; and
  2. an additional $1,000donated to their choice of:

(a) community legal centre; or

(b) university/school/TAFE; or

(c) any non-profit that assists immigrants

Key Dates

We will be taking submissions from 15 May 2018 to 1 October 2018.


Submissions will be judged by a national panel comprising:

  1. community advocates including David Manne (Refugee Legal), Tanya Jackson-Vaughan (Refugee and Advice Casework Service), Ali Mojtahedi (Immigration Advice and Rights Centre), Andrea Christie-David (Salvos Humanitarian), Kathy Bogoyev (Humanitarian Group), Greg Mackay (Refugee and Immigration Legal Service) and Emily Rutherford (Refugee Advocacy Service of South Australia).
  2. leading academics, including Professor Mary Crock (University of Sydney), Professor Michelle Foster (Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness, University of Melbourne) and Professor Wendy Lacey (Dean and Head of the School of Law, University of South Australia)
  3. distinguished journalists including Michael Koziol (The Age & SMH), Ben Doherty (The Guardian), Rashida Yosufzai (SBS News), and Josh Butler (Network 10)

Who May Enter

The Global Mobility Immigration Lawyers Scholarship is open to all enrolled students, including undergraduate, postgraduate and international.

The scholarship has been established with a view to getting students contributing to public debate on important issues affecting our community. Accordingly, we would be honoured if you could let your members know about it.


Scholarship Information

 You can read more about the scholarship here: