The 2012 recipient of the Tim Hawkins Memorial Scholarship was presented to UTAS graduate Simon McKenzie.
Sir Guy Green, also a UTAS graduate, presented Simon with the scholarship.
The scholarship is provided in memory of Tim Hawkins, a talented Commerce/Law graduate of the University who was tragically killed in the Bali bombing in 2002. It allows the recipient to take up a position of Research Assistant in the Prosecutor’s Office for six months at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.
Simon thanked his family, his university lecturers and the family of Tim Hawkins.
“I am fortunate and privileged to be the recipient of this fantastic scholarship,” he said.
“It’s a reminder to people from the North West coast not to be limited in your dreams by your geographic location- think that anything is possible, no matter where you come from.”
Simon said early on in his studies he saw a poster about the scholarship and thought to himself, “maybe if I work hard enough, I could have a shot at that.”
“I’m honoured to be chosen and I plan to take all I can from this amazing opportunity.”
Professor Tim McCormack, also a UTAS graduate, congratulated Simon and noted that he and Simon are both from Burnie originally.
“We are two Burnie boys together, going to The Hague,” he said.
Simon completed a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours in Law last August. He was placed on the Dean’s Roll of Excellence three times for his high achievements and received various awards and scholarships throughout his academic career at UTAS.
“The atrocities committed in warfare are often beyond description; and I want to work in a field of law that seeks to punish and prevent them from occurring,” he said.
“Working in this area would present intellectual challenges as well as the opportunity to contribute something to the development of this important body of law.”
Simon also plans to enrol in a Masters focusing on international humanitarian law in the coming years.
“Working with Professor McCormack at the ICC will give me a practical understanding to complement this further study,” he said.
Image: Professor Tim McCormack with Simon McKenzie.