On 27 April, JATL, UNSA and UQILS hosted the third annual ‘Law Beyond the Borders’ cocktail networking evening. Held amongst the lush greenery of the Global Change Institute, students had the chance to mix with industry professionals in an intimate function while enjoying plenty of delicious food and drink.
This year’s keynote speaker was Ms Virginia Greville, CEO of Trade & Investment Queensland. Ms Greville has had a truly international career. She has worked around the globe, taking roles in the United States of America, Spain and Chile. She has had a leading role in major international trade deals and even served at various times as Australia’s Ambassador to Spain, Andorra, Equatorial Guinea, Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela. However, Ms Greville explained that she had never had a grand masterplan that dictated her career progression. Many of her roles came about from being in the right place at the right time and having the confidence to try something new.
Instead of using her story as a blueprint for a successful career in international law, Ms Greville encouraged students to work hard, develop their skills and accept every opportunity they are given. She challenged students to think outside the box when considering international opportunities. When many students think about a career in international law, their thoughts first turn to the UN, World Bank or IMF. However, Ms Greville’s first international posting came through a job at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.
Students in attendance were inspired by Ms Greville’s story and motivated by her encouraging words.