Anthony Pitman



Lionel Murphy Postgraduate Scholar


Year:  1995

Overseas Scholarship




Biographical Notes:

Tony Pitman was born in Maffra in Gippsland (Eastern Victoria) in 1969. He attended Maffra Primary School and then Gippsland Grammar in nearby Sale, completing year 12 there in 1987. He spent 1988 living in Lagos, Nigeria as a Rotary Youth Exchange student. In 1989 he came back to Australia and began a combined Science/Law degree at the University of Melbourne. In his science degree he specialised in biochemistry and genetics, while in law he particularly focused on international law subjects. In early 1993, he was a member of the University of Melbourne team that participated in the Jessup international law moot competition. (A moot is a presentation of legal arguments in a mock court situation). The team won the Australian finals and then went on to win the world finals in Washington DC. In 1993-94, Tony completed the final year of his law degree on an exchange program at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Following that, he worked in Melbourne for a year in the corporate finance division of investment bank, Potter Warburg.

Tony was awarded the Lionel Murphy scholarship in 1995 and so headed off to Paris to undertake a post graduate diploma in public international law (in French) at the Panthéon-Assas University (part of the Sorbonne). Following the successful completion of the diploma in mid-1996, Tony undertook a 3-month internship at the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Division in Vienna. He then spent several months travelling in North Africa, Asia and the Eastern Europe and worked for a time at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research in 1997.

In 1998, he went back to study at Melbourne University, this time in the field of philosophy and cinema studies. Since early 1999, Tony has been living in London. He is working and studying there and hoping to enter the film industry.



Tony Pitman, "What’s wrong with being swamped by Asians?", Australian Rationalist, No. 48 (Summer 1999), page 20.

Tony Pitman, "What’s wrong with seeing sex?: Offensiveness and the flawed Australian censorship system", Australian Rationalist, (Autumn 2000), forthcoming.