Giulia Mazzu, an undergraduate law student working with King’s Legal Clinic, has been nominated for ‘Best contribution by an individual student’ at the LawWorks and Attorney General Student Pro Bono Awards 2019.
The awards celebrate the best pro bono activities undertaken by law students and law schools throughout the UK. Giulia’s nomination recognises her outstanding contribution to legal pro bono work in a wide range of activities, showing dedication and compassion in helping the vulnerable.
Guilia is a student volunteer with the Article 8 Project, an immigration and human rights law project at King’s Legal Clinic that provides representation to immigrants who are seeking to remain in the UK on human rights grounds. The project is run in conjunction with Islington Law Centre, Hackney Migrant Centre and law firms Reed Smith and Akin Gump.
Shaila Pal, Acting Director of King’s Legal Clinic, said: ‘Giulia has been assisting in a case involving a vulnerable woman. She has provided invaluable support to the lawyers preparing the case and the client. She has produced work of a high standard; at times with very short notice and tight deadlines. What sets Giulia apart is her willingness to assist with any task which helps the client, whether that be legal or administrative.’
Giulia was a legal intern at the Stahili Foundation that works to stop orphanage trafficking and reunites trafficked children with their families in Kenya. She carried out research and assisted in drafting memorandums of understanding for different issues between the Stahili Foundation and the Kenyan authorities.
Giulia has been very active in encouraging others to get involved in pro bono activities and fundraising. Since 2017, Giulia has been the Events Officer for KCL Student Action for Refugees (‘KCL STAR’). She has organised events to raise awareness on different issues which impact refugees including; mental health, gender violence, FGM, grassroot groups and legal workshops. In February 2019, Giulia organised a conference titled ‘The Journey after the Journey: the asylum process’ which included lectures and workshops with guest speakers including practitioners, refugees, and students who are volunteering with asylum seekers.
Giulia has also been involved in extensive fundraising. Through KCL Star she raised £500 for the Katherine Low Settlement (‘KLS’) in Battersea. KLS support children, young people and their families, older people and refugees.