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James Cockayne
James Cockayne (Australia)

James Cockayne graduated from the University of Sydney, Australia, with First Class Honours in his LL.B. (2002) and First Class Honours and the University Medal in his B.A. (2000) in Government and Public Administration. He has also studied at the Universiteit Utrecht in the Netherlands. From April 2002 until July 2003, James was Senior Legal Officer and then Director in the International Crime Branch of the Australian Attorney-General's Department. In this role he managed the provision of legal policy advice to the Australian government on issues including Iraq, responses to terrorism and extradition. He has interned in the Chambers of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, worked in international arbitration at Coudert Frères in Paris, and in 2002 won the Prix Gilbert-Apollis for the Best Orator in the Concours Jean Pictet in Geneva, an humanitarian law pleading and negotiation competition. James has published in a wide range of legal journals and edited volumes on international law and Australian indigenous and immigration issues. He has served as a Councilor of the Australian Institute of International Affairs for 2 years, served as Leader of the Opposition in the Senate in the 1999 National Youth Parliament and stood for election to Federal Parliament in 1998. James is admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

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