Established through the donations from family, friends and colleagues of the late Associate Professor Francis Regan, who was both an alum and Legal Studies staff member at Flinders, this scholarship continues his research into inequity within the legal system and supports honours students who share his passion for social justice.
The 2017 recipient was Riana Cermak who shares her story here:
‘After taking a gap year and travelling through South America and Europe, I decided to study Law and International Relations. During my travels I developed an interest in history, politics, and international affairs. Once I started at Flinders, I made the most of the opportunities which my degrees provided and contributed in a range of volunteering roles. I had the opportunity to volunteer at the Red Cross and the Women's Legal Service in Adelaide, NTSCORP working on native title in Sydney, and at Hivos in Jakarta.
These experiences combined led to my choice of Honours research which explored the intersection of business and human rights. I hope to combine my interests in public interest law and business in future to contribute to the community. I have started a charity in South Australia, which is now expanding to New South Wales, called The Education Network - which gives women the opportunity to act as mentors to women in disadvantaged circumstances who are seeking advice on further education, careers, and how to reach their goals.
Having the opportunity to live and work in Jakarta was an incredible experience which really emphasised the ability which lawyers have to contribute to their community and broader goals via their legal skills and ensuring that everyone has access to justice.
I received the scholarship at a time when my finances were very stretched. I was juggling work, study, volunteering, and completing my Honours dissertation. The scholarship allowed me to dedicate time to my Honours dissertation, which resulted in an award of First Class and submission for publication.’