Wikitoria Nolan

The biennial IAWJ conference was personally an eye opener. While being in law school it can be hard to figure out where the learnings all tie in together. It was refreshing to see such strong women speaking on subjects that can sometimes be seen as ‘too hard’, but in reality these are the topics that need to be spoken about the most. In particular, the topic I found most interesting was the session on Refugees and trafficking. It was so peculiar and interesting to see how the laws around refugees differ from country to country. Perhaps the most interesting point, was made by Prof James C Hathaway when he said that the United States saw Australias reform as ‘too liberal’. This really made me think (perhaps for longer than I should have) as I had always thought that when speaking of refugee law, inclusion is best, as they are at an extreme level of risk. This alone shows that there is always a need for reform in some area of law as we progress through the modern day. The conference really made me remember why I started studying law and how much work there is left to be done for justice. It also solidified that there are indeed strong wahine in every area of law, globally. I would highly recommend any student in their studies apply for a scholarship / attend the conference as it gives you more of an insight into the law and real societal problems that often do not get taught.

Wikitoria Nolan