Marijke is a Lama Lama and Binthi Warra woman from Cooktown, Cape York in Far North Queensland. As a Roberta Sykes Scholar, Marijke is undertaking doctoral research in race and gender at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Hawaii. She has also received a AAA-Aurora Indigenous Scholarship.
Marijke completed a Master of Laws (International Law) from the University of New South Wales, in 2017. She has also completed a combined Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Politics and Government from Griffith University in 2013. She has been awarded a host of scholarships and awards, including receiving the Masters Excellence Award at UNSW.
She has practiced as a Solicitor in Commercial Litigation, Insurance, Personal and Property Liability and Native Title.
All of our Black lives matter: The problems with policing Black Australian identities and experiences - UNSW Newsroom, Marijke Bassani, Mar 2021
Preconceived ideas I had about Oxford related to its 12th century charm, prestigious grounds and reputation for excellence. The visit [on Study Tour] confirmed what I already believed but also made me realise (after meetings with academics and students) that at the end of the day it is just a university like any other in the world with flaws and faults. Being made aware of these imperfections made Oxford more appealing in a way.