Malcolm DH Smith Memorial Scholarship

Professor Malcolm Smith

The Malcolm DH Smith Memorial Scholarship was launched in 2010 in tribute to Professor Smith, a leading international figure in Asian legal studies and the Founding Director of the Asian Law Centre at the University of Melbourne. This scholarship was initiated by members of the Asian Law Centre, with the support of Dr Rosalynd Smith, widow of Professor Smith.

The scholarship is designed to assist first-year Melbourne JD students who have completed an undergraduate law degree or a degree majoring in Asian studies at a tertiary institution in Australia or Asia.

Professor Smith [LLB (Hons) 1968, LLM 1972] is remembered for his exceptional contribution to Asian legal studies. He joined the Law School in 1987 as Foundation Professor of Asian Law, and was Associate Dean of the Faculty of Law in 1990-91 and 1997-99. In 2004 he was appointed a full-time professor of law at Chuo University in Tokyo, the first Australian to hold such a position.

Melbourne Law School expresses sincere appreciation to Dr Rosalynd Smith, and the many friends and colleagues of Professor Smith who have generously donated to the scholarship.


We are extremely grateful for the recent donation of alumnus Jim Craig, Executive Chairman of River Capital, and his wife Claudia Craig. Mr Craig undertook his Masters at Melbourne Law School 20 years ago and was delighted to make a contribution to the Malcolm DH Smith Memorial Scholarship fund.

Donations to the Malcolm DH Smith Memorial Scholarship fund would be gratefully received at any time. Gifts over $2 are tax-deductible.

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2016 Scholarship Recipient

The 2016 recipient of the Malcolm DH Smith Memorial Scholarship is Ms Weite Li.Weite Li

Weite graduated from Renmin University of China with a Bachelor of Law (Sociology) in 2015.  She commenced the Melbourne JD in 2016.  She passed the National Bar Exam of the People's Republic of China in 2015 and is a registered trainee lawyer with the Zhongcheng Renhe (Zibo) Law Firm.

Weite was the 10th president of the Student Union in the School of Sociology and Population Studies at Renmin University of China, and was the undergraduate speaker in the 2015 graduation ceremony. She was one of ten students selected from Renmin University to attend Yale University Summer School in 2014 with a full scholarship, attending two law-related courses to confirm her determination to study common law.