Miss Catherine Gascoigne (2013)
Universities attended: University of Oxford, University of Sydney
Degree & Subject at Cambridge: PhD Law
New scholar profile:
I was born and raised in Sydney, Australia, and completed a combined Bachelor of Arts (Honours)/ Bachelor of Laws (Honours) at the University of Sydney. Shortly thereafter, I volunteered as a legal intern in a remote and impoverished Indigenous town in Western Australia. I then studied intensive Italian in Florence for several months before backpacking around Europe by myself in a pair of incredibly worn out jeans. I replaced my jeans for a suit for three years, as I worked in an international commercial law firm in Sydney in Environmental Law. I took a leave of absence from the law firm to study the Bachelor of Civil Law at the University of Oxford and it was there that I studied and fell in love with international trade law and began to see its potential for development and the alleviation of poverty. I intend to develop these ideas in my doctorate at Cambridge. I left commercial law to take up a research position at the University of Melbourne Law School, researching the interaction between international trade law and tobacco control. I have engaged in a wide range of activities targeted at illiteracy and the alleviation of poverty over the course of many years. I have also sat on the Management Committee for the International Law Association (Australian Branch) and the Homeless Persons' Legal Service, and was one of Sydney's Team Leaders for the latter. I am deeply humbled and honoured to be a Gates Cambridge Scholar and wish to express my profound gratitude to the Gates Cambridge Trust. I also wish to thank my generous and uncomplaining referees, my parents, John and Kate, and my partner, Andrew, without whose extraordinary and unwavering support, this certainly would not have been possible.