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Camilla helping out at an AIDS orphanage in Phnom Penh in 2006 while working in Cambodia with the Cambodian Housing Rights Task Force to stop forced evictions

Camilla helping out at an AIDS orphanage in Phnom Penh in 2006 while working in Cambodia with the Cambodian Housing Rights Task Force to stop forced evictions

25 March 2009

Camilla helping out at an AIDS orphanage in Phnom Penh in 2006 while working in Cambodia with the Cambodian Housing Rights Task Force to stop forced evictions

Camilla Graham Wood (BA 2005, Politics) has been shortlisted for an Attorney General award for her voluntary work defending human rights both in the UK and overseas.

Camilla, 25, is one of just four UK students nominated in the ‘Best Contribution by an Individual Student’ category of the national Attorney General Student Pro Bono Awards 2009.

The nomination recognises her tireless voluntary work helping people, who would otherwise be unable to access legal advice, during her time studying the Legal Practice Course (LPC) at The College of Law in Bloomsbury.

During her LPC studies 2007-08 she volunteered for the Prisoners’ Advice Service giving legal advice to inmates in England and Wales about prison rules, conditions of imprisonment and human rights issues and helping women prisoners to have contact with their children.

She also volunteered at a day centre in London helping homeless people with their legal problems and, through The College of Law’s Legal Advice Centre, researched employment law on behalf of people, who had lost their jobs.

Her international pro bono activities included work with the Law Society’s International Action Team researching the plight of human rights defenders in Colombia and briefing lawyers, who travelled to Bogotá on a human rights fact-finding mission.

From September to November 2008 Camilla worked at the Caribbean Centre for Human Rights in Trinidad, where she assisted in appeals lodged by Death Row prison inmates, by conducting conferences with inmates, taking instructions and reporting advice. She is now volunteering in the human rights department of Justice.

The results of the awards, organised by pro bono charity LawWorks, will be announced by Attorney General Baroness Scotland on March 31 at the House of Lords.

Camilla said: “I am inspired by those who represent the most disadvantaged in society. I was flattered to be short-listed for the award and to be considered amongst the other students who have done fantastic pro bono work. I intend to continue with pro bono work and one day hope to be a successful human rights lawyer.”