South Africa Human Rights Clinic

The South Africa Human Rights Clinic is an experiential learning program offering practical and international experience which will equip students for public interest or other legal careers in Australia and internationally. The course offers students the opportunity to intern with leading public interest and human rights law organisations in Johannesburg, South Africa. Since democracy in 1994, South Africa has been admired for its progressive Bill of Rights, its strong constitutional court and its effective public interest litigation.

What does the Clinic involve?

Students will learn first-hand from organisations at the cutting edge of social change lawyering. Students have the option of participating in the clinic as a 6UOC course or choosing the 12 UOC option which contains an additional assessment requirement in the form of a memorandum on a key project undertaken during the clinic. Students will work on significant public interest and human rights projects. For example, students might assist in preparation of court documents for constitutional challenges, produce law reform submissions or write advocacy reports. All of the organisations taking interns are highly regarded and effective groups doing work on issues such as housing, health, education, violence against women, social security, and broader work in the Southern African region. Students will have access to a range of experiences such as meeting with clients, attending court and legislative bodies, and reaching strategic decisions, with others, on important cases.

When does the clinic run?

Students will travel to Johannesburg for a five week internship based at a human rights organisation from 7 January to 8 February 2013. The convenor will accompany students for part of the time, guide them in a program of after-hours activities such as court and museum tours, and co-supervise them (along with the host organisation).

How do I apply?

Please complete the online application form by Friday 3 August, 2012. More information Click here


Watch a short video from the 2013 Clinic here.

Lucy South Africa Human Rights Clinic Video from Lucy Geddes on Vimeo.