From the Netherlands to Van Diemen’s Land and Back Again: A Tasmanian Contribution to Global Criminal Justice

On 23 June Professor Tim McCormack gave a lecture on the Dutch-Tasmanian relations. This lecture was organized by the Australian Embassy in the Netherlands and was in honor of the 10 year anniversary of the Tim Hawkins Memorial Scholarship. Tim Hawkin was a young student who was killed during the Bali Bombings of 2002.

In 1642, Abel Tasman sailed south and east from the Dutch East Indies and discovered the west coast of what is now Tasmania. The west and south coasts of Tasmania are replete with Dutch names and, along with the name of the island state itself, these topographical features bear enduring testament to early Dutch connections. Given these long-standing Dutch-Tasmanian connections, it is fitting that the annual recipient of the scholarship awarded in honor of the memory of the Tasmanian killed in the Bali bombings will visit The Hague to contribute to the global criminal justice project.

In honor of the 10 year anniversary of the Tim Hawkins Memorial Scholarship, Professor Tim McCormack discussed the Tim Hawkins Memorial Scholarship and offered observations about the work of successive Hawkins scholars.


  • Prof. Tim McCormack
    Professor of law at the Melbourne Law School, an adjunct professor of law at the University of Tasmania Law School, and Special Adviser on International Humanitarian Law to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court
  • Nikola Dimitrov
    Distinguished Fellow at The Hague Institute for Global Justice

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