PhD student Daye Gang wins major international law award

Daye GangPhD student Daye Gang has clocked up an incredible achievement, winning the International Bar Association’s Outstanding Young Lawyer for 2020, the first Korean and first Australian to ever win the prestigious global award.

Daye’s research explores restorative justice for victims of sexual and family violence, and her work and dedication in this field was one of the reasons cited for the conferral of her award. The other is her pursuit for accountability of perpetrators of crimes committed in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

The Australian Law Reform Commission defines restorative justice as ‘a process whereby parties with a stake in a specific offence collectively resolve how to deal with the aftermath of the offence and its implications for the future.’ It’s a victim-centred response which prioritises the safety and interest of those impacted by the crime. Commonly used restorative justice practices include victim-offender mediation, conferencing, and circle and forum sentencing.

She’s published an attempted systematic review of program evaluations of restorative justice for victims of sexual and family violence, and has monitored change in Parliamentarian’s positions on rape and sexual violence through an analysis of Parliamentary debates.

Daye also works with the Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights in continuing the work of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the DPRK, and has worked extensively to translate North Korean laws into English, with the aim of opening academic research, enabling more legally informed decisions for sanctions enforcement and accountability for international crimes, and providing greater accessibility to journalists.

Ms Gang graduated from her Bachelor of Laws at Monash University in Australia in 2015 with First Class Honours, specialising in Human Rights and International Law. A year later she was accepted into the PhD programme with the Michael Kirby Centre for Public Health and Human Rights, where her research spans law, criminology, feminist theory and history. She combines this work with her practice as a barrister.

She says, "I couldn't have won this award without the dedication, flexibility, and kindness of supervisors Associate Professor Bebe Loff and Dr Maggie Kirkman. This is an award that proves the importance of supporting the whole person when supervising HDR candidates."

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