Dariel De Sousa

Dariel De Sousa

1993 Menzies Scholar in Law

Secretary/Treasurer, Menzies Memorial Scholars Association, 2011-2013; President 2013-


Consultant, Regulation and Administrative Law Group at Maddocks

I was born in Bombay, India. Shortly after my birth, my parents migrated to Melbourne, Australia where I was brought up. I studied law and mechanical engineering as an undergraduate at Monash University.

Upon completion of my degrees in 1991, I spent a year and a half working at Mallesons Stephen Jaques. While at Mallesons, I was exposed to a variety of areas but spent the last few months there working with the intellectual property/trade practices/ telecommunications group.

I won the Menzies Scholarship in Law in 1992 and commenced a two year BCL at Oxford in September 1993. While at Oxford, I developed a strong interest in international affairs and, particularly, international trade.


I returned to Melbourne shortly after I completed my BCL and took up a position at Maddock Lonie & Chisholm as a construction and engineering lawyer. I was involved in a number of international matters while at Maddocks including assisting the Vietnamese government with the development of construction and planning laws, an arbitration based in Malaysia and a multi-million dollar construction dispute in India. These matters heightened my interest in international affairs.

After two years at Maddocks, I decided to pursue this interest and commenced a Masters in Private and Public Management at Yale University focusing on international affairs and trade during my second year.

My experiences at Oxford and Yale have proved enriching and eye-opening and have significantly broadened my horizons.