Mr Nicholas Petrie (2017)
Born and bred in Melbourne, Australia, I have spent my adult life volunteering in Australia and abroad for organisations that seek to alleviate inequality, discrimination and injustice. Since studying law and later embarking on a legal career, I have sought to combine my passion for social justice with my skills in the law, which has naturally led to an interest in Human Rights Law and International Law. I have worked in organisations that use the law as a tool to redress injustice, including the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency. I have also been fortunate enough to learn from incredible lawyers and academics, who have inspired me to pursue a career in Human Rights Law – most notably the Rt Hon Lord Dyson, Master of the Rolls (as he then was) for whom I worked as Judicial Assistant, and the exceptional faculties at the University of Melbourne and the London School of Economics. As a Gates Cambridge Scholar, I will pursue a PhD in Law that will consider the extent to which the common law protects human rights, across multiple jurisdictions. My research arises in the context of an increased appetite amongst judiciaries and academics in various common law countries for a clearer articulation of the role of the common law in the protection of rights (as compared with international or supranational legal protections). I am excited and grateful to have been selected to join the Gates Cambridge community.