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About the Human Rights Law Clinic

Clinic Coordinator: Clair Duffy

The Human Rights Law Clinic enables law students, during their degree, to volunteer their time to gain practical insight and experience in the area of international human rights issues and is offered in collaboration with the IBA Human Rights Institute. Students will volunteer with the Clinic during the semester for approximately 2-3 hours per week at a mutually agreed time.

Information for students

Have a look at how to apply for more information on the application process.

There are currently four volunteer positions offered in the Human Rights Law Clinic which is offered every January semester.

Students applying for a Student Advisor position (4 positions) must demonstrate the following:

  • Currently enrolled at Bond University in a law degree program, either an LLB or JD;
  • completion of at least 3 semesters is preferred but not essential.
  • Particular regard will be had to students who have completed one or more units in an area of public international law, for example, LAWS13/77-558: International Law; LAWS17/77-570: Public International Law: Challenges and Opportunities; LAWS13-567: Laws of Armed Conflict and Peacekeeping; LAWS13-553: Human Rights Law. This is not mandatory, however.
  • Regard will also be had for students who have had some level of exposure to public interest-related work (whether through their studies, or outside of their studies).
  • You should have:
    • Sound oral and written communication skills;
    • demonstrated analytical and research skills;
    • demonstrated discretion (you may undertake research and writing in relation to confidential or highly confidential subject matter);
    • an ability to apply academic knowledge and concepts to practical situations; and
    • an ability to successfully interact with people from different backgrounds.

Typically, student volunteers being supervised at the Clinic will be involved in:

  • obtaining practical experience by assisting with legal writing for IBA reports.
  • obtaining practical experience by assisting with legal research.
  • Gain practical work experience dealing with Human Rights issues and public interest work.
  • Obtain research and drafting experience in real legal research.
  • Work under supervision of an experienced Human Rights lawyer.

Contact the Clinic Coordinator