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Human Rights Internship Program - LAWS8052
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Faculty: Faculty of Law
School:  School of Law
Course Outline: See below
Campus: Kensington Campus
Career: Postgraduate
Units of Credit: 6
EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)
Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 2
Enrolment Requirements:
Prerequisite: Academic Program must be 9200, 9211, 9240 or 5211
CSS Contribution Charge:Band 3 (more info)
Further Information: See Class Timetable


The Human Rights Internship Program offers postgraduate students the opportunity to undertake project research and writing in a Partner Organisation with a focus on the protection and promotion of human rights. Under the supervision of a member of the Partner Organisation and the Law Faculty, students will gain valuable experience in research, analysis, writing and advocacy on aspects of law, policy and practice relating to human rights. Project topics must be related to human rights law and policy and are to be negotiated between individual interns, Partner Organisations and the Internship Placement Coordinator, UNSW Law School. Interns are required to undertake the equivalent of one full day each week of work at their Partner Organisation during session and to complete their project in close consultation with their Partner Organisation. Interns are also required to attend a Program Seminar at the beginning and end of each session. At the end of the session, students will present a short evaluation of the project which has been the subject of their internship. Note that a maximum of 15 internships are offered each session.

Applicants must be currently enrolled in one of the following programs:
9211 Master of Human Rights Law & Policy, 9200 Master of Laws, 9240 Master of International Law & International Relations or, 5211 Graduate Diploma in Human Rights Law & Policy.

LLM Specialisation


Successful completion of LAWS8181 International Human Rights is a prerequisite for entry into the internship program.

Course Aims and Objectives

The aims of this internship program are formulated within the wider context of UNSW Guidelines on Learning. See Guidelines on Learning for more information. The aims listed below are part of the aim of the UNSW School of Law to instil in students the understanding, values, skills and qualities necessary to become highly qualified professionals with a strong sense of citizenship, community and social justice. The UNSW Masters Internship aims:
  • to provide students with an opportunity to network and develop ongoing associations with colleagues from different professional backgrounds;
  • to provide a forum in which students can develop an appreciation for the professional and personal responsibilities associated with the practice of law;
  • to give students the opportunity of observing and participating in a high level of problem solving flowing from the development of human rights policy or legal practice;
  • to assist student’s understanding of the differences between the development of law in the international system, as opposed to a domestic system;
  • to assist students in developing the skills needed to evaluate the impact of law on individuals, communities and society as a whole;
  • to develop students skills in communicating effectively, in speaking and in writing.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Placing these broader aims in the specific course context, upon completing this course, it is expected that students will have:
  • usually completed a written project in which human rights law and principles have been applied in the work of a human rights organisation. In some cases students will work on a number of projects;
  • acquired skills, knowledge and experience in the area of human rights law and policy;
  • participated directly in important policy debates and in human rights-related policy-making, applying human rights law, principles and concepts in a contemporary policy setting;
  • contributed skills and expertise in the human rights field to the broader community.

Main Topics

Project topics must be related to human rights law and policy and are to be negotiated between individual interns, Partner Organisations and the Program Coordinator, UNSW Law School.

Application process

For more information on the application process please proceed to the Internships website


The internship is assessed on a pass/fail basis. Students must achieve a pass mark in all forms of assessment to pass the internship as a whole. Assessment is:
  1. Where applicable a portfolio of written material, primarily in the form of a substantial piece of research and writing produced under the supervision of the supervisor at the host organisation and assessed by them;
  2. 3 meetings with academic supervisor;
  3. End of Semester seminar presentation and initial presentation on aims and objectives of host organisation;
  4. Partner Organisation evaluation.

Course Texts

No texts are required for this course. A number of resources will be made available on Blackboard for this course including the course outline, reading materials and information related to the administration of the internship.


Inquiries may be made to the Program Coordinator, Frances Gibson, or 93852230.

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