GUEST SPEAKER: Captain Ruth Hunt
CAPT Hunt entered the Australian Defence Force as a legal officer in January 2016. Prior to joining she had completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Australia. Her first posting was to Headquarters 1st Brigade where she completed her Royal Military College – Special Service Officer First Appointment Course, her initial military legal training as well as deploying on EX HAMEL as the legal officer attached to the Brigade’s main position. During EX HAMEL CAPT Hunt was detached to the 5th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment and worked closely with the Marine Rotation Force conducting law of armed conflict briefs and coordinating legal synchronisation.
From June 2018 CAPT Hunt posted down to Campbell Park to begin working within the Directorate of Military Discipline Law. She is currently working on re-writing the Discipline Law Manual in order to allow greater understanding by the end user. This is a strategic, joint posting which sees her re-writing strategic Defence policy.
CAPT Hunt is an alumna of The Hague Academy of International Law, following completion of the Academy’s Summer Programme in 2015. She received a scholarship to attend the Winter Programme in 2019. With this she brings a wealth of overseas networks and experience in operations and international law.
She competed for the Australian Invictus Games team in 2018, winning 2 gold medals, 1 silver medal and 2 bronze medals, she hopes to continue supporting Australia’s wounded, injured and ill by coaching swimming with the next Invictus Games team.