|Human Rights Clinic - JURD7409|
The Human Rights Clinic is an experiential learning program in which students gain practical experience in multifaceted approaches to human rights lawyering in both domestic and international settings. Attending the clinic on campus two days each week, students will have significant responsibility as legal advisors, co-counsel, or advocacy partners with lawyers and human rights advocates in Australia and Asia, under the Clinic Director’s supervision. Through work on specific litigation, advocacy and law reform projects and a weekly seminar, the program aims to strengthen students’ practical skills in research, writing, advocacy, problem-solving, and independent judgment, while encouraging critical reflection on the role of law and lawyers in advancing human rights at home and in our region. Specific activities may include, for example, supporting local lawyers and organisations in Asia and Australia to bring or intervene in public interest litigation within national courts; drafting communications to UN human rights bodies; undertaking fact-finding and documentation of systemic rights violations; drafting white papers and parliamentary law reform submissions; or filing freedom of information requests. The seminar will develop students' lawyering skills in areas such as human rights report-writing; law reform submission-writing; advocacy and the media; international and comparative legal research; and ethics and accountability in human rights work.
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law
Recommended Prior Knowledge
Coursework or experience in public international law, international human rights, refugee law, immigration law, public interest litigation, or similar subject highly desirable.
To be able to identify and critically assess various legal and non-legal strategies that may be employed by human rights lawyers and advocates in different settings, and critically evaluate the role of law and lawyers in protecting and advancing human rights;
To apply research, writing and problem-solving skills in formulating policy and legal responses to current human rights problems;
To develop practical lawyering skills, including oral and written communication and drafting skills, while gaining experience in producing timely and professional written work-product that may be relied upon by other professionals;
To enhance skills required to engage professionally with a variety of stakeholders in domestic and international contexts, demonstrating appropriate cultural sensitivity and an understanding of ethical, political and professional accountability issues related to human rights work.
Clinic Performance - 70%