Scholar

KATHERINE SHEN

Katherine, our first Governor Phillip scholar, emigrated from China to Australia with her parents at the age of 8.  She attended Presbyterian Ladies’ College, Sydney.  She was an adjudicator on the high school debate circuit and was involved in Sydney University Law Society’s Juvenile Justice mentoring Program which was designed to offer young students the opportunity to mentor young residents at juvenile centres.  Katherine chose to study abroad at Chicago University. She completed a double-major in economics and political science, graduating as a Student Marshall with honours in political science.   This distinction, created in 1895, is bestowed by the President of the University on the basis of a student’s academic performance and their involvement in and contribution to the campus community.

Katherine is interested in international law and intergovernmental arbitration and has interned for the International Criminal Court in the Hague.  In her free time, she was involved in student government, and occasionally writes on fashion and culture.  Katherine will be pursuing an MPhil in Political Theory at Oxford and hopes to develop her understanding of transnational legal structures, and the moral obligations of international actors.

Katherine’s M Phil thesis will focus on the way in which the moral principles are reflected in transnational institutions despite manifest difficulties in international context. This most appropriately reflects Arthur Phillip’s own humane concerns for the ethical underpinnings of governance and law at the very foundation of modern Australia, at the farthest corner of the earth.