Meet our graduate Lawyers

11th October 2017

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Generous alumni support has enabled Wadham to award a record number of graduate scholarships this year, six for students of Law.

  • Thea Christine Bauer; Jessica Twumasi; Niamh Quille; Reginald Aziza; Abby Buttle; Anna Ventouratou

    (Left to right) Thea Christine Bauer; Jessica Twumasi; Niamh Quille; Reginald Aziza; Abby Buttle; Anna Ventouratou

This invaluable support means Wadham can help ensure that talented graduate students from around the world can come and study here, regardless of their personal financial circumstances.

Meet our six graduate scholarship holders.

Thea Christine Bauer has been awarded the Peter Carter Taught Graduate Scholarship in Law

Thea Christine Bauer (MJur) obtained a Doctor of Laws (Dr. jur.) summa cum laude from Bucerius Law School, Hochschule fuer Rechtswissenschaft, Hamburg in 2016 as a scholar of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes.

She received the Roxin-Award for the best doctoral thesis in the field of (Economic) Criminal Law 2016. Thea completed her undergraduate degree in law at the same institution and in 2012 achieved a mark on the First State Exam in Law 'Erstes Staatsexamen' among the top 0.2% of the cohort of over 7,600 successful candidates in Germany. During her doctoral studies Thea worked as a research assistant and lecturer at the Chair of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure at Bucerius Law School. From 2014 until her Second State Exam in early 2017 she worked as a legal clerk at the Hanseatic Higher Regional Court of Hamburg (Referendariat). Since January 2017 she resumed working as a lecturer for criminal law at her alma mater. Thea’s main research interests are in the theory and foundations of law, especially criminal law and criminology. At Oxford she is looking forward to becoming part of the outstanding academic community and gaining an in-depth understanding of the common law approach to her fields of interest. Following her MJur, Thea plans to pursue a career in academia. Aside from law, Thea is a registered Asthanga Yoga teacher (RYT-200) and helps senior citizens in her parish.

Jessica Twumasi has been awarded the Oxford-Hackney BCL Scholarship

Jessica Twumasi (BCL) graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) from City University of London in June 2016.

Jessica received numerous prestigious awards during her LLB studies including the City Law School Prize for First Class Degree, The Martin Dockray Prize for best student in the year in both her first and second years, the Overall Best Student in the Graduate Entry LLB 2016, and the Future Lawyer Excellence Award. In June 2017 Jessica completed the Bar Professional Training Course at City University of London. Jessica has gained legal work experience through the following roles: Human Rights Education Project Volunteer Teacher for Berwin Leighton Paisner, Marshalling with judges at the Royal Courts of Justice, undertaking an assessed pupillage at 39 Essex Chambers, and as a Social Security Volunteer with the Free Representation Unit. Jessica is fluent in Spanish, having previously majored in Spanish and Sociology at the University of Ghana where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) in 2012. The alarming tax evasion and avoidance schemes in Ghana influenced Jessica to explore corporate tax law and policy, and personal taxation. On the BCL she plans to take comparative human rights, taxation of trust and global wealth, corporate tax and policy and principles of civil procedure. She would like to acquire the necessary experience in tax law and financial crime in the UK to one day return to Ghana to set up her own practice.

Niamh Quille has been awarded the Kalisher Trust-Wadham Student Scholarship

Niamh Quille (MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice) completed the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) with Commendation at the University of Law in July 2016.

Niamh Quille (MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice) completed the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) with Commendation at the University of Law in July 2016. Niamh’s GDL studies were funded by the Princess Royal Scholarship for the Graduate Diploma in Law by the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple and were undertaken part-time while she was also working as a paralegal in the human rights department at London law firm Leigh Day. Niamh majored in Political Science at the University of Birmingham, graduating with Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) in July 2011. She achieved the highest overall first in her cohort and was awarded the HS Ferns Prize for Outstanding Merit in Political Science. Niamh is proud to have been the first member of her family to complete an undergraduate degree. Niamh is interested in the inequalities of power present in criminal justice systems. She is particularly looking forward to exploring the issues which featured in the judicial review claims she has worked on as a paralegal, including legal challenges to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, and to building upon her recent voluntary work with refugees on the ground in France by studying the developing area of border criminologies. After completing the MSc, Niamh aims to secure pupillage and qualify as a barrister, representing vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals in the areas of criminal law, prison law and public law. Niamh plays netball and is a keen debater. She has been Master of Speakers at the Inner Temple Debating Society and was placed top of all competitors from the Inns of Court in the Oxford Union Inter-Varsity Competition in November 2016. She recently published an article about her experiences in Dunkirk on the Oxford Border Criminology Blog and has been an Editorial Assistant for the legal aid magazine, Proof.

Reginald Aziza has been awarded the Wadham Graduate Law Scholarship

Reginald Aziza (DPhil Law) completed a five-year undergraduate law degree (LLB) at the Obefemi Awolowo University in Nigeria in 2012, achieving First Class Honours and securing the only first class degree awarded in his cohort of over 275 students.

He then went on to study a B.L. (the qualifying examination for Nigerian legal practitioners) at the Nigerian Law School where he graduated in 2013 with First Class Honours and the second best marks in his cohort of approximately 6000 students. Reginald completed a Master of Corporate Law (First Class Honours) at the University of Cambridge in June 2015. He has worked as a barrister and solicitor in Nigeria and worked as an Associate for Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in London for a year following his Masters at Cambridge. Over the past year he has been working in the capital markets team of Olaniwun Ajayi LP, a leading commercial law practice in Nigeria, as well as interning in the arbitration team at Shearman and Sterling LLP, Paris. Reginald's DPhil studies will be in the area of Securities Policy and Regulation with a particular focus on Africa. He looks forward to exploring the relationship between capital markets and economic growth, and how African capital markets can be better strengthened to make them effective alternate sources of long-term finance to support continental infrastructure development. Reginald is a committed volunteer and, as well as giving his legal expertise pro-bono in recent years, he has volunteered as a mentor and editor.

Abby Buttle has been awarded the Hackney BCL Scholarship

Abby Buttle (BCL) graduated with first-class honours in Law from the London School of Economics and Politics Science (LSE) in June 2016.

In her final year at the LSE, Abby received prestigious awards including the Slaughter and May Prize for the best overall performance out of the 154 students in her year, the Blackstone Chambers Prize in 2016 for her performance in the human rights courses, and the Law Department Prize for the best overall performance in a dissertation (80%). She also achieved the highest marks in the Administrative Law and International Protection of Human Rights courses. Abby has applied her knowledge of human rights and developed her advocacy skills through positions at the Free Representation Unit, Amnesty International, the Prisoners’ Advice Service, and in the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law. On the BCL she is looking forward, in particular, to building upon past research in medical law and ethics, as well as complementing her academic work by contributing to the Oxford Human Rights Hub. Outside legal studies, Abby is an accomplished gymnast and she played for the Women’s Rugby 1st XV while at the LSE.

Anna Ventouratou has been awarded the Peter Carter Graduate Scholarship in Law

Anna Ventouratou (MPhil Law) completed the Magister Juris at the University of Oxford in June 2017 with distinction, focusing her studies on international law.

Anna obtained an LL.M. in Public International Law from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in February 2016 (graduating 2nd in her class with Honours) after completing a 4-year degree in Law at the same institution in August 2014. For her LL.M. Anna was awarded a scholarship for excellent academic credentials and strong leadership skills by the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund, and her Magister Juris studies were supported by a scholarship from the University of Athens "A. Gazis" Trust. Anna completed her legal traineeship at a leading Athens law firm, specialising in criminal law, and in 2016 was admitted to practice law in Greece. Anna has been active in moot court competitions during her studies both as a player and as a coach and has been selected to coach Oxford’s Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition team this year. Anna’s MPhil research project in Public International Law will be titled, ‘Disengagement from international law: derogation vs treaty termination and suspension’. She hopes to become an active member of the Public International Law research group of the University of Oxford. In addition to her academic studies Anna has been a reporter for Oxford Reports on International Law since 2016 and a volunteer for a Model United Nations organisation in Greece since 2009.