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JUSTICEwa, organisers of the International justice conference, have established an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholarship in the hope of encouraging careers in criminal law and human rights.
Three scholarships were offered; two of the recipients were law students from the University of Western Australia (WA). The scholarship entitled the recipients to free entrance to the International justice conference, as well as the Friday night dinner, which included presentations by Cathy Freeman and Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter. The conference aimed to to create awareness of the latest developments in justice, forensic science, law, criminal psychology, criminology and human rights. It included international and national experts in these areas.
Human rights lawyer Tammy Solonec, who is also the Director of National Congress of Australia's First Peoples and one of the speakers at the conference, explained that there is a real need for more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to work in criminal law in WA.
'This scholarship is just one way to encourage the next generation to see the benefits of working in this very important area,' she said.
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