A festival of the minds for the politically inclined

Felix Eldridge

Law student Felix Eldridge planning a politics-palooza on campus.

Taking place on campus this week is a ‘politics-palooza’ event curated and organised by law student, Felix Eldridge. 

The Adelaide Law School has a strong proud history of educating Future Leaders in the political field. 

We may be knuckling down for the busy part of the semester but that doesn’t stop our students working on their passion projects and studies. In between helping clients as part of his Clinical Legal Education placement at the Adelaide Legal Outreach Service, Felix Edlridge is finalising itineraries for a club event during his lunch break. 

Felix is the brains behind the week-long politics and international event 'PIRAfest' organised in his capacity as President of the University of Adelaide Politics and International Relations Association.

With the Hon. Catherine Branson AC QC launching the welcome ceremony on Monday, events are well and truly underway. However, the best is yet to come and there is still plenty to see, do and look forward to.

Felix has made sure to extend the invitation to some iconic law school alumni, graduates and (former) big names on campus to lead the discussion on the latest hot topics. Scheduled to take place in your favourite lecture theatres, students will be able to listen, meet and mingle with guest lecturers stopping by on campus.

Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator for South Australia Penny Wong will be delving into the deep relations delivering her insights into ‘Global Diplomatic Challenges, Threats and Opportunities’. Senator Andrew McLachlan will share his journey through State and Federal Politics.

Professor Alex Reilly, formerly of the Adelaide Law School, will be taking questions about his research work that focuses on Australia, Migration and International Relations. You can read his conversation article here.

If you’re interested in the Local Government, an afternoon session on careers in local council with councillors in William Miller (Councilor for the City of Holdfast Bay) and Olivia Savvas, (Councillor for the City of Tea Tree Gully) will discuss how they balanced studying law whilst being elected by their respective wards to local government positions.

Why not close off the week with a ‘democracy sausage’ at the University of Adelaide Alumni and Tasting Australia event, Festival of the Sausage in Bread, where all proceeds from sausage sales will go back into supporting our student clubs. 

Check out the full schedule for Pirafest here, and learn about our Law concurrent degree options, here

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