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ILANZ Scholarship applications open

Applications are now open for the 2016 ILANZ Scholarship.

The scholarship award is up to $10,000 and may be made to an applicant or applicants whose area of study has potential to benefit the in-house legal profession in New Zealand.

Potential areas of interest identified by the ILANZ committee include, but are not limited to: research on privilege, ethics, independence, the impact of the shared services amendments, innovation and the use of technology in the in-house profession.

The scholarship is only open to in-house lawyers and postgraduate law students. People considering applying can contact to discuss their proposal. More information is at

Working to solve global issues

Waikato University law and social science student Shaymaa Arif is one of 12 New Zealand delegates attending the Ship for World Youth Programme in Japan. This programme, operated by the Government of Japan, brings together more than 240 youth leaders from 11 countries to study and discuss global issues while living on board a ship for six weeks. They set out on 14 January.

Delegates will attend workshops and seminars about disaster risk reduction, education, environment, information media, community development and youth entrepreneurship, and will do aid work during stops in Chennai and Colombo.

“Because everyone comes from a different culture and background, discussing these topics with them will give me a totally new perspective on things,” Shaymaa says.

Working to solve some of these big global issues isn’t a new thing for Shaymaa. She and her family emigrated from Abu Dhabi to New Zealand in 1996 but they’ve travelled between the countries ever since.

Shaymaa joined her first human rights protest when she was 13 years old, and subsequently sat on the Human Rights Council for the Abu Dhabi Model United Nations.

Now in her fourth year of a conjoint Bachelor of Laws and Social Sciences, Shaymaa’s ongoing work in promoting justice and peace in Middle Eastern nations made her a finalist in the 2015 Waikato Women of Influence Awards.

Postgrad scholarship

Applications are now open for the FMB Reynolds Scholarship in Law to Oxford.

The purpose of the scholarship is to assist New Zealand law graduates to commence postgraduate law study at Oxford University. It has been established to recognise the support that Emeritus Professor Francis Reynolds, Worcester College, Oxford has provided to New Zealand law students at Oxford for over 40 years.

Applications close on 28 February, and more information (including eligibility) is at

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