UNSW student interns focus on children’s rights in China

Five UNSW Law students (Emma Holloway, Sophie Dawson, Fiona So, Nanak Narulla and Jessica Meech) undertook internships at Zhicheng Public Interest Lawyers (ZPIL) in Beijing from 27 June to 22 July 2016, under the China-Australia Human Rights Technical Cooperation Program (HRTC) Program. The internships were coordinated in partnership with the Australian Human Rights Commission. Research undertaken by the students supported ZPIL’s efforts to establish an international NGO to advance children’s rights. Subject areas included children and criminal justice, trafficking of children, online child pornography, and the impact of environmental and business practices on children. 
 
ZPIL strongly praised the work undertaken by the interns. “The researchers helped to map the key issues on child protection in the world…[They] made contributions based on their knowledge and research skills. It will be a great added value to ZPIL’s upcoming international child protection organisation”. The students met with variety of Chinese organisations including the Fengtai District People’s Court, Zhonglun Law Firm, and the China University of Political Science and Law, and observed proceedings in a local court (usually not permitted for foreigners). In addition, they participated as presenters in an international students’ forum on public interest law and assisted ZPIL to develop a new website and social media strategy. 
 
The Centre found that, “the overall research experience was invaluable, as the students were able to conduct in-depth, self-directed research projects in a unique, cross-cultural environment”. 
 

 

Photo left to right: Emma Holloway, Sophie Dawson, Fiona So, Nanak Narulla and Jessica Meech