Legal Eagles of La Trobe #21: Eden Jardine
The final edition of the Legal Eagle for this semester sees co-editor Ashmal Naleem talks to one of La Trobe Law School’s brightest, Eden Jardine.
Just to start off with, what are you currently studying?
I am in my final year studying an Undergraduate Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Business degree.
Why did you choose to do honours? What will your honours course focus on?
I chose to apply for the honours program because I felt that, if accepted, the achievement of completing a thesis would be a great note to end my degree on. I really loved studying international private law during the Vis
Moot and was keen to extend my knowledge in this area further. I also enjoy researching, the construction of arguments, critical thinking and trying to be creative when expressing my ideas so that readers stay engaged.
My thesis is on the availability of disgorgement damages resulting from a breach of contract within International Commercial Arbitration. It is a really interesting topic because it is currently an untested area of law.
How was the Vis moot? What was the experience like? What did it involve?
The VIS Moot was a whirlwind experience. It’s mind-blowing how much the team and I learnt, studied, wrote, researched, mooted and developed both personally and professionally, within the space of six short months. I must admit that it was exhausting, but definitely worth it!
Days after exams, our team began researching our 60-page factual problem about the international sale and purchase of goods. From there, we researched and wrote one 10,000-word Claimant Memorandum and two 10,0000-word Respondent Memorandums. To put that into perspective, collectively that’s the length of three law theses researched, written and edited within a three-month period. After getting through consecutive 16hour days and nights to reach these deadlines, I now feel that I could get through anything!
Once we walked in the shoes of a solicitor, it was time to try on those of an international arbitrator. This is similar to the role of a barrister, except you sit during oral pleadings instead of stand. It was now our job to transform the words on paper into clearly articulated, persuasive and flawlessly presented arguments (so much easier said than done!). February was spent in suits practicing in front of lawyers at top-tier law firms and in chambers, as well as students from other Universities, academics from our law school and of course, our wonderful coach, Magda Karagiannakis.
After more moots than days in the calendar month, we were finally ready to pack our bags and represent LTU overseas! Whilst competing against other law schools, my mooting skills increased ten-fold, professional network grew and I shared memories with my coach and teammates that will last a lifetime.
You got to travel with your mooting team, how was it like? Do you have any interesting experiences?
Travelling to Hong Kong and Vienna for the VIS Moot Competition was exciting, nerve-racking, stressful, daunting and exhilarating all at once! It was an incredible opportunity to meet, moot and mingle with outstanding students, academics, lawyers, arbitrators and judges from all around the world.
There were many interesting experiences, although there is one that stands out. Mariam and I got lost trying to find the bathrooms at an outdoor restaurant one night in Hong Kong, when suddenly a sensor light turned on. Out of nowhere seven guard dogs started barking and charging at us from all different directions – it was so scary! A local fisherman came running to our rescue after hearing us scream for our lives. Still have no idea how we managed that… Good times.
What’s your favourite way to escape from uni, mooting, work or even general stress? Music, TV show binges, exercise etc.
My favourite ways to disconnect from law school life and all the stresses it involves include spending time with friends, and listening to really loud music. When I can mix the two together at social events, it’s happy days!
What is one piece of advice you would like to give to peers under stress as we run into the final weeks of uni?
Stay positive – you’ve got this! When it comes to study, problems and stresses are only as big as you allow them to be. Also, to help your study time be more efficient, allocate time to procrastinate (admitting the problem is the first step to overcoming it!). Do this by setting goals that must be completed, before having a break to watch that episode of Suits that totally counts towards study.
From when you started at La Trobe to now, what do you feel have been
the biggest changes at the uni? Either institutionally or student life.
It’s encouraging to see that the LSA has grown, and continues to grow, from strength to strength each year. So keep up the good work guys! The other thing that I have noticed is that it never used to be so difficult to get a car park when I first started at La Trobe. That may sound trivial, but getting a park can really make or break the start of your day!
Who is your source of inspiration to do what you’re doing?
My parents, grandmother, and great-grandmother are my sources of inspiration. They have all worked so hard to achieve what they have in their lives, which has made me determined to work even harder. My family has taught me that anything is possible; you just have to work hard enough.