Te Pae Tawhiti Postgraduate Scholarship for Amelia Cina
Amelia is pursuing a LLM at the University of Geneva/Geneve Graduate Institute in Switzerland. Amelia hopes to identify how alternative methods of dispute resolution (such as arbitration and mediation) can be employed to enable small and medium enterprises to assert and protect their trade rights.
Borrin Foundation Te Pae Tawhiti Postgraduate Scholarship
Amelia graduated from Victoria University of Wellington Te Herenga Waka in 2018 with a first class honours degree in Law and a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Public Policy. Amelia has taught courses on legal writing and mooting as a Teaching Fellow at Te Herenga Waka │Victoria University of Wellington and is the Managing Editor of the New Zealand Women’s Law Journal │Te Aho Kawe Kaupapa Ture a ngā Wāhine.
Amelia currently works as a Senior Solicitor in the litigation team at Russell McVeagh and will leave in September to take up studies at the University of Geneva. She maintains community involvement as a regular volunteer at the New Zealand Community Law Centre and as a volunteer lawyer at Te Ara Ture. Prior to commencing private practice, Amelia was a Judges’ Clerk at the Wellington High Court and worked as a research assistant to Professor Campbell McLachlan KC. Amelia’s areas of interest include public law, access to justice and alternative dispute resolution.
What Amelia is studying
Amelia will use the award to fund her studies towards a Master of Laws specialising in International Dispute Settlement at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. As part of her masters dissertation she proposes to examine the intersection of arbitration, access to justice and technology through a comparative study of recent innovations in larger overseas arbitration markets and applying those insights to the New Zealand arbitration market. Amelia’s research proposes to examine barriers to resolving cross-border trade disputes, and identify how alternative methods of dispute resolution (such as arbitration and mediation) can be employed to enable small and medium enterprises to assert and protect their trade rights.
“I am beyond thrilled – the support of the Borrin Foundation will enable me to undertake study to examine barriers to access to civil justice, an issue that I care deeply about and that New Zealand lawyers need to be committed to solving if we want law to be a force for good.”
– Amelia Cina