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Nicole Watson, First Nations Legal Researcher of the Year 2023

Updated: Jul 7

2023 First Nations Law Awards

Birri-Guba and Yugambeh woman Dr Nicole Watson was named First Nations Legal Researcher of the Year at the 2023 Ngalaya Ball.

Dr Nicole Watson is an Associate Professor at the UTS Faculty of Law, and has made significant contributions to Indigenous legal education over decades.

The 2023 First Nations Legal Researcher of the Year Award was sponsored by LexisNexis Australia.

Dani Larkin speaks after being named First Nations Legal Researcher of the Year

AProf Nicole Watson speaking after accepting her award at the 2023 Ngalaya Ball

Reflecting on receiving the award, Associate Professor Watson said: "It is an honour to belong to the community of First Nations lawyers and legal scholars; a community that is making a real difference in a myriad of ways.

On any given day, Blak lawyers will be representing the most marginalised members of our society, championing law reform, and bringing our stories and perspectives into Australia’s law schools. When I reflect on the incredible Indigenous legal scholars whom I have had the privilege of working with, I feel both humbled and privileged.

Thank you Ngalaya for the recognition and thank you LexisNexis for supporting this award."

Dani Larkin accepts her award on stage from Ngalaya CEO Jason O'Neil at the 2022 Ngalaya Ball

Mark Holden, Ngalaya Director with AProf Marcelle Burns, AProf Nicole Watson and Nathan Bell, Ngalaya Director


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