La Trobe Law School congratulates Fatima Kanji (Winner) and Perla Guarneros Sanchez (Runner Up), in the Law School heat of the Three Minute thesis competition. The 3MT© competition is an exhilarating exercise, where Higher Degree Research students have three minutes to communicate their research projects clearly and succinctly before a panel of judges. Competitors are allowed to use one static power point slide during the presentation, but are not permitted access to any other props or costumes – thus it is the ability of a speaker to transmit passion and enthusiasm for their highly specialised research which takes centre stage during a 3MT© competition.
Our 2017 winner, Fatima, is in the second year of her PhD. Her research is focused on human trafficking in Bangladesh. Fatima points out that scholarly research into the issue of human trafficking from Bangladesh tends to focus on different causes and forms of trafficking. Only a handful of researchers have pointed out the responsibility of government, and none have scrutinized whether official activities are effective or compliant with relevant international laws. Through her research, Fatima aims to explain and analyse the existing policies and measures that are available in Bangladesh to prevent and criminalize human trafficking, and to critically evaluate these policies in light of international legal obligations. To this end, Fatima has recently returned from a fieldtrip to Bangladesh where she interviewed a total of 21 people including victims of trafficking, government officials and NGO workers.
Perla Guarneros Sanchez was runner up in the law school heat. Perla’s research focuses on the human rights violations committed in Mexico against irregular -or undocumented- immigrants from Central America heading towards the United States. Her research analyses the involvement of drug-related gangs and state actors in these abuses, arguing that the government of Mexico has the responsibility to protect migrants from violence and crime, regardless of their migratory status. Perla aims to determine a new governmental strategy for the effective application of laws designed to protect migrants during their transit through Mexico.
The judges noted in their summing up that all of our competitors did an excellent job communicating the importance of their research, and that their enthusiasm and dedication needed no translation.
Fatima and Perla now go on to represent the Law School at the ASSC College semi-final on 9 August. The college winners compete at the University final in September, and the winners of the University competition go on to compete in New Zealand and Asia.
We wish Fatima and Perla well in the next round of the competition.