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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2017 Scholarship Recipient

The 2017 recipient of the Malcolm DH Smith Memorial Scholarship is Ms Didi Hu.

Didi HuDidi graduated from Beijing Foreign Studies University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Law, ranking first in her class of 53, and was the recipient of a national merit-based full scholarship for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years. She passed the National Bar Exam of the People's Republic of China in 2015, and worked full-time in a Beijing-based law firm after graduation. Didi commenced the Melbourne JD in 2017.

Didi worked as a volunteer at the Tongshan Trial Court in Jiangsu province, China in 2013-14. During this time, she clerked in the Criminal, Case-Filing and Civil Tribunals. She has also written articles for English law reviews on Chinese law and legal reform. Her work on China’s legal regime for protecting geographical indications has been published in the Australian Journal of Asian Law; her article on China’s legal framework of cross-border insolvency has been accepted for publication in the American Bankruptcy Law Journal in 2018.