Chelsea Jacka is originally from Toowoomba, Australia and has completed a Bachelor of Arts and Laws double degree at the University of Southern Queensland (majoring in international relations and anthropology). As an undergraduate she was invited to participate in an international delegation on diplomacy in Beijing, deepening her interest in China and diplomacy. She later joined a one year student exchange program to Hangzhou, Zhejiang as the sole pioneering participant, providing a unique opportunity for complete emersion into Chinese university life.
Pursuant to her interests in China and international relations Chelsea is currently completing a Master of Law at the Renmin University of China, majoring in Contemporary China Studies. Her field of research concerns the role of local government international relationships as platforms for economic exchange. Since commencing her studies she has developed an interest in the Western regions of China including the culture, language, and socio-economic and political conditions.
Chelsea has previously interned with the Chinese law firm Jincheng Tongda and Neal in Shanghai, the Australian Institute of International Affairs, Canberra and is a current participant in the Future Business Leaders Program of the Australian Chamber of Commerce, Beijing. She plans to remain in China to pursue language studies.
Nhien Dinh is currently completing a Bachelor of Commerce/Law and a Diploma of Languages in Chinese studies at Monash University (Melbourne, Australia). She is a recipient of the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan Mobility scholarship which allows her to attend Peking University (PKU) on a semester study program and undertake a research internship at the Australian Studies Centre of Peking University.
Nhien’s field of interests revolve around international relations, financial transactions and business relationships in the legal context, particularly within the Asia-Pacific region. She is fascinated by China’s rapid economic transformation in the last 3 decades and is interested in exploring the economic opportunities presented to Australia as a result of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement. In particular, she is looking at the development of arbitration as the main dispute resolution for Sino-Australian commercial disputes.