2012 Law Scholar
Scholarship biography (at time of award)
Eleanor Mitchell graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours and a Bachelor of Arts and earned several awards including a University Medal. After graduation, Eleanor worked as an Associate to Justice Jagot of the Federal Court of Australia.
Eleanor was awarded the Scholarship to complete a BCL at Magdalen College, University of Oxford.
Studied at: University of Oxford
Eleanor has a wide-ranging practice with a particular focus on public law and human rights. Her recent experience spans equality law, education, immigration and asylum, employment, and community care; she also has specialist knowledge of international human rights and humanitarian law. In addition to her advisory work, Eleanor has appeared before the High Court, First-Tier Tribunal (Special Education Needs and Disability/Immigration and Asylum), the Magistrates’ Court, the Employment Tribunal and the Parole Board.
During her traineeship Eleanor was supervised by Jessica Simor QC, Guy Vassall-Adams QC, Sarah Hannett, Helen Mountfield QC and Claire Darwin. She assisted in a range of public law matters (including cases before the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal); complex group litigation; and media cases centering on open justice and freedom of expression.
Before joining Matrix Eleanor spent a year with the Legal Division of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva, where she worked on cutting-edge issues in the interpretation and application of international humanitarian law. She was admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor in Australia in 2011, and has worked both as a solicitor in Ashurst Australia’s litigation team and as a judicial assistant at the Federal Court of Australia. Eleanor speaks fluent French and has interned with the Legal Division of the World Food Programme in Rome and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague.
Eleanor holds a Bachelor of Civil Law (Dist.) and a Master of Philosophy in Law (Dist.) from the University of Oxford, where her thesis focused on the relationship between refugee and human rights law in the protection of people fleeing armed conflict. Eleanor was awarded the Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarship in Law to undertake the BCL and the Law Foundation of South Australia Fellowship to undertake her MPhil. She also holds a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours, a Bachelor of Arts (Politics), and a Diploma in Languages (French) from the University of Adelaide, where she received nine separate subject prizes and a University Medal for outstanding academic achievement.
Scholarship Year: 2012
Fields of Interest
Civil Law, Law