Defence of Australia: applicable laws and career opportunities for lawyers
Join the Military Law Committee for presentations from Lieutenant Commander Elena Cho, RAN and Dr Kate Chetty on the vast range of domestic and international laws applicable to Australia's military and the Department of Defence and their legal journey in Defence. Hear from the panel members about their experiences and work, as civilian and uniformed legal officers within Defence, and the range of full and part time and both military and civilian career pathways and other opportunities for lawyers, in or with Defence.
The presentation will be of interest to those interested in Defence generally, and for those open to legal work for Defence, as a civilian or military lawyer, with or in Defence.
Dr Kate Chetty is the Director of the Office of the Chief Counsel in the Department of Defence. She is responsible for providing high quality and strategic legal advice on complex and sensitive matters, mostly involving administrative and government law. In parallel, Kate is involved in the maintenance of the Defence legislation program, provides advice on legislative reform proposals across Government, and has been part of several reform teams within the Department. Kate is a Squadron Leader in the Air Force Reserves and provides advice on operations and intelligence law matters. Prior to her current role, Kate worked for the Department of Finance in various policy advisor roles, and was seconded to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. For the past 12 years, she has also worked as a sessional academic at the University of Canberra, including as a lecturer, unit convenor and post graduate research supervisor.
Lieutenant Commander Elena Cho was born in Korea and immigrated to Australia in 1991 with her family. Elena joined the Royal Australian Navy as an undergraduate legal officer in 2008. Elena underwent initial officer training at HMAS Creswell in 2009 and was posted to Canberra as the Deputy Legal Adviser to Head Navy People and Reputation. After spending two years in the nation’s capital, Elena moved to Darwin as the Deputy Fleet Legal Officer–Northern Australia, working with Patrol Boat Group Headquarters and HMAS Coonawarra. A four year posting in Fleet Headquarters in Sydney followed, during which time she worked as the Assistant, then Senior Assistant Fleet Legal Officer. Elena took part in a number of international military exercises, including instructing at the US Defense Institute of International Legal Studies. Elena has deployed on Operation MANITOU as the Deputy Legal Adviser to the Combined Maritime Forces in Bahrain, and earned a Master of Laws at the Australian National University in 2015. She posted to the Australian Embassy in Seoul, Republic of Korea, in 2019 as the Assistant Defence Attaché. After a 3-year stint overseas, Elena has returned to Canberra to take up a posting as the Deputy Director at Defence Counsel Services.
- When: Thursday 14 July 2022
- Where: Crema room, East Hotel, 69 Canberra Avenue, Kingston
- Cost: $88 per person, $25 for students or CLC members
- Registrations close Wednesday 6 July 2022
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