Anjalee de Silva

Mentor and Lawyer

adesilva@leocussen.edu.au


Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Laws (Hons)

 

At Leo Cussen

Anjalee is a Mentor in Practical Legal Training, working with trainees in the part-time online course. As part of her role, Anjalee also teaches in small group sessions with trainees in the intensive foundation skills module at the commencement of the course.

Anjalee’s approach to teaching is very much to treat it as more than a one-way exchange of information, and to instead encourage students to engage critically with course material. Her own interdisciplinary training and multi-jurisdictional experience as a practising lawyer place her in an exceptional position to speak to ‘real-world’ applications of laws and legal concepts. She is also committed to regularly exploring and developing pedagogical strategies for even better teaching and learning outcomes for her students.

 

Before Leo Cussen

Prior to moving to academia, Anjalee practised as a commercial litigator at magic circle and top-tier law firms in London, Hong Kong, and Melbourne. As part of her roles in practice, Anjalee also completed in-house client secondments at Barclays Bank and the Royal Bank of Scotland in London, as well as a pro bono secondment at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in Melbourne.

Anjalee has extensive experience researching and advising on a range of legal, commercial, and policy matters as well as managing, instructing, and mentoring teams of junior lawyers. She considers teaching to be a crucial part of her current role as an academic, and finds that teaching is not only complementary to her research and scholarship, but is also extremely personally fulfilling. She has significant experience teaching into the Melbourne Law School Juris Doctor and Breadth Programs.

A key motivator of Anjalee’s work throughout her career has been her passion for shaping law and policy reform in ways that effect social justice for vulnerable communities, especially women and girls.

 

Memberships

Anjalee is a member of the following professional and academic organisations:

  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Australian Lawyers for Human Rights
  • International Association of Constitutional Law
  • Castan Centre for Human Rights Law
  • International Political Science Association

 

Achievements/Special Interests

A key motivator of Anjalee’s work throughout her career has been her passion for shaping law and policy reform in ways that effect social justice for vulnerable communities, especially women and girls. She completed her PhD at Melbourne Law School with the support of the prestigious University of Melbourne Human Rights Scholarship.