Georgia Banks

Caseworker at Duncan Lewis Solicitors, London

Having studied A Level English Language, History, Economics, and French, Georgia left Emmanuel College in 2013, and following her degree in European and International Law at Sheffield University, took the opportunity to continue her studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. At present, Georgia is based in The Netherlands where she is finishing her Masters in Public International Law at Universiteit Leiden.

 

Alongside her global university studies, Georgia has been afforded the opportunity to teach Chinese students at a rural school in Zengcheng, China. She has also been a finalist in several Moot Court competitions, most recently progressing to the finals of the Frits Kalshoven International Humanitarian Law Competition 2018 (see photo). In the coming weeks, Georgia is due to start an internship at Amnesty International Centre for International Justice in The Hague.

 

Georgia has studied at a number of global institutions which has enabled her to indulge her passion for travel, particularly across South East Asia. Proof, if it were needed, that the world really is your oyster when you have an A Level in Economics!

 

I’ve now completed my internship with Amnesty International, which focussed on monitoring the human rights compliance of the International Criminal Court in The Hague. I was especially interested in the issue of defence rights at the ICC, which is often an overlooked aspect of the court but a vital one for maintaining trust in the institution.

 

Now I’m working as a Caseworker in the Public Law team at Duncan Lewis Solicitors in London. I started the job in March and I’m really enjoying it so far. We focus on challenging government decision-making through judicial review claims on behalf of our clients. This often involves asylum and immigration law.

 

For example, last week I successfully challenged the removal of a client to Saudi Arabia on the basis that he has a valid protection claim and his life will be at risk if he is returned to Saudi Arabia. It can sometimes be stressful but it was extremely rewarding to ensure that his removal was cancelled and to secure his release from immigration detention.