If there is an example of the University of Tasmania laying a foundation for an international career of significance, Rhodes Scholar Brook Dambacher (BSc-LLB Hons 2017) is it.
From Paris Agreement negotiations to acting as a legal advisor supporting the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group at the United Nations at discussions on climate change, renewable energy and energy efficiency, Brook has taken her university qualifications in law and science to the world stage.
"The Law School supported me to grow both academically and personally. I am incredibly grateful to the lecturers at the School for supporting me to pursue international opportunities," Brook said.
"I feel so lucky to have been able to study in such a beautiful corner of the world, and at a law school right next to the ocean."
Brook’s involvement with the UN climate change negotiations preceded her 2019 Rhodes Scholarship at the University of Oxford. Brook is also a co-founder of the University of Tasmania International Justice Initiative, which enables students to gain practical experience as public interest lawyers through providing pro-bono advice to support poor and vulnerable countries and groups.
"My interest in public policy is driven by a passion for climate justice," she said. "Through my work and research, I seek to contribute to equitable and sustainable solutions to global challenges of climate change and poverty.
"At Oxford, I have undertaken the Master of Science in Environmental Change and Management at the University of Oxford's Environmental Change Institute and am now in the final weeks of the Master of Public Policy (MPP) at the Blavatnik School of Government.
"It has been incredible to meet passionate students from around the world here in Oxford and think together about how to tackle global challenges."
After completing a MPP, Brook will begin a position with Uplift UK working on promoting a just transition away from fossil fuel production.
In between, Brook has recently completed a 160 km walk in Scotland known as the West Highland Way.
For more information about international law, join University experts and visiting scholars for an International Law Forum, 23 September 2021 (5:30-7:00pm). The live panel discussion will focus on environmental and climate change law, intellectual property for COVID-19 vaccines, refugee protection and human rights. Register to attend in person at the Sandy Bay campus or online.
This article featured in the monthly eNews Alumni and Friends, if you are a member of the University of Tasmania alumni community and would like to receive this publication, please email us at Alumni.Office@utas.edu.au or update your email address.