A graduate from The University of Western Australia with a passion for public law has been awarded a 2024 ANZAC Centenary John Monash Scholarship.
Tristan Taylor, who graduated with a Juris Doctor in 2022, was one of 16 Australians awarded the prestigious scholarship to pursue studies at a renowned international institution.
Mr Taylor grew up in Elleker, a small town near Albany, and finished his schooling at Frederick Irwin Anglican School in Mandurah.
Image: UWA Law School graduate Tristan Taylor.
The 26-year-old’s interest in public law and the wide-ranging impacts it can have on society was sparked during his time at UWA studying under Professor Sarah Murray.
Mr Taylor hopes to use his scholarship to study a Bachelor of Civil Law at the University of Oxford.
“I was overwhelmed to be awarded the scholarship but also very excited at the chance to study overseas,” he said.
“It can often be difficult for Australians to undertake studies internationally and I’m grateful to be given this opportunity.”
Scholarship recipients are chosen for their exceptional capacity for leadership and commitment to issues of national importance.
Mr Taylor currently works as a tipstaff/associate at the New South Wales Court of Appeal and previously worked for two years as a research assistant to the Solicitor-General of Western Australia, where he was involved in constitutional matters before the High Court of Australia and advice to government.
“I firmly believe that the greatest impact I can have on Australia is through working in public law,” he said.
“By providing frank advice to governments I can help to ensure that laws which are being implemented uphold the rule of law and that the government is acutely aware of the legislation’s impact.”
The scholarships, named in honour of General Sir John Monash, a celebrated Australian with a passion for education, leadership and service, are supported by Australian companies, governments, universities and individuals.