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03 August 2018

The QUT Faculty of Law is delighted to congratulate QUT Law Alumnus Christopher Stackpoole, winner of the Vinerian Scholarship at the University of Oxford.

The Vinerian Scholarship is the most prestigious law scholarship awarded by the University of Oxford, presented to the student with the best performance in the Bachelor of Civil Law. Past scholarship recipients have distinguished themselves in the judiciary, legal practice, academia and civil service.

Former winners include Dyson Heydon AC, retired Justice of the High Court of Australia, and Patrick Keane AC, Justice of the High Court of Australia and a former Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia.

In addition to the Vinerian Scholarship, Christopher won the Clifford Chance Prize in Principles of Civil Procedure, presented to the student with the best performance in the Principles of Civil Procedure paper.

“The Bachelor of Civil Law is a challenging but rewarding experience. Given the rigorous selection process for candidates, one is expected to conceive, advance and defend original theories of law with some of the world’s leading academics across a range of disciplines, particularly in private law. But it is also an opportunity to build close friendships with other exceptional students and legal practitioners, among whom Australians are well-represented," said Christopher.

Christopher was also a QUT Faculty of Law University Medallist and recipient of the Tom Caine Trophy for Outstanding Achievement in 2014. Having previously worked as Associate to the former Chief Justice, the Honourable Tim Carmody, Christopher plans to return from Oxford and join the Dispute Resolution team at King & Wood Mallesons.

Executive Dean Professor John Humphrey acknowledged Christopher’s outstanding academic achievement and said that it was testament to the quality of students attracted by the QUT Law School.

Christopher Stackpoole, QUT Law Alumnus and winner of the Vinerian Scholarship