Norton Rose Fulbright’s PNG Legal Scholarship launches for third straight year

Press release - Firm March 06, 2019

Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright announced last week that its PNG Legal Scholarship has been launched for the third year running in support of the pursuit of quality in legal studies in Papua New Guinea.

The scholarship provides the recipient with up to K10,000 in payments and reimbursements for major costs related to their study and to reward high achievement in their final year studies. Norton Rose Fulbright created the scholarship in 2017 to support PNG law students who had shown a commitment to their undergraduate studies. 

A judging committee will review the applications to determine which best addressed the topic of an essay on the following question: ‘Checks and balances are the core of the rule of law and uphold the separation of powers because they ensure accountability by the legislature, the judiciary and the executive.  However, if the Supreme Court and the parliament are in conflict, which prevails and why?’. The committee will also assess which applications demonstrated Norton Rose Fulbright’s business principles of Quality, Unity and Integrity. 

The committee consists of Karo Lelai, principal of Norton Rose Fulbright PNG; David Prest, senior legal counsel at ExxonMobil PNG; and Tania Tokam, senior instructor and lawyer at the Papua New Guinea Legal Training Institute.

Mrs Lelai commented:

“It has been fantastic to see support for this scholarship grow and to be able to support not just the two previous recipients, but also provide recognition of a number of highly commended applicants. The judges and I are looking forward to reviewing this year’s submissions.”

Applications can be made up until 5.00pm Thursday, 28 March 2019. To be eligible, an individual must be a citizen of PNG, enrolled in an undergraduate degree with a major in law (eg, Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts (Laws), etc), have completed the first three years of full time study (or part time equivalent) in the degree, and be continuing these studies in 2019.

The previous scholarships were awarded to Bathsheba Pora (2018) and Alison Kult (2017), both of whom were studying at the University of PNG. 


For more information, contact:

Alex Boxsell, Head of Digital Content & Campaigns, Norton Rose Fulbright in Australia
Tel: +61 (0)2 9330 8165 Mob: +61 (0)414 985 556
alex.boxsell@nortonrosefulbright.com 

Karo Lelai, Principal, Norton Rose Fulbright PNG
Tel: +675 7263 0064
karo.lelai@nortonrosefulbright.com


Note regarding our PNG practice

Norton Rose Fulbright PNG is an associated office of Norton Rose Fulbright Australia. We have a long history globally in working on cross-border transactions and projects involving PNG assets and interests. We have done significant work for the PNG Government, PNG private enterprises and international enterprises investing in PNG over many years. Prior to opening our office in Port Moresby, this work was undertaken with PNG counsel advising on PNG law aspects.