OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME: Lennox Head law student, Angela Powditch, at the United Nations offices in Geneva, Switzerland.
OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME: Lennox Head law student, Angela Powditch, at the United Nations offices in Geneva, Switzerland. Contributed

Doors open for Lennox Head law student

LENNOX Head law student Angela Powditch has returned from an "experience of a lifetime" completing a one-month summer school at Oxford University in the United Kingdom.

And the single mum is appreciative of the local people who supported the fundraising campaign for her expenses.

The Southern Cross University student certainly didn't waste any time while she was away, completing two subjects in one month.

And she also made some particularly influential contacts.

"I introduced myself to everyone possible," she said.

She met Justice Lord Mance from the UK's Supreme Court who dissented in the Julian Assange case, and her teacher was Professor David Kaye, whose CV includes the titles of UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Freedom of Expression and Opinion.

Professor Kaye even organised for Angela to travel to the UN Human Rights Office in Geneva, Switzerland - with financial support from a good friend of Angela's - where she met Azin Tadjdini, Associate Human Rights Officer for the Special Procedures Branch Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

She was so excited at the meeting that she said it "felt like Christmas" and she needed to take a moment or two to compose herself.

While in the UK, Angela also arranged a meeting with the president of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Professor Gillian Triggs.

"I am just so grateful to those that helped me, whether with kind words or financial assistance," Angela said.

"I feel I must say thank you and to assure them I will pursue this career and pay their generosity forward".


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