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AHRCentre and Legal Aid NSW Fellowship (UNSW Law graduates)

Fellowship Program

Legal Aid NSW in partnership with the UNSW Faculty of Law and the Australian Human Rights Centre has established a Human Rights Fellowship Program for graduate law students. The fellowship program has been developed to give UNSW law students interested in human rights legal practice an opportunity to gain hands-on work experience at Legal Aid NSW and has been in operation since 2006.

Fellowship Program Outline

Two fellowships are currently available for 26 weeks designed to enable a UNSW graduate law student to undertake the clinical component of the College of Law Practical Training Course Professional Program while working in the Human Rights Team, Civil Law Division of Legal Aid NSW. The student will primarily support the Legal Aid NSW Human Rights Committee (LAHRC) by preparing reports on applications for aid that raise significant public interest or human rights issues. They will also gain experience in key areas of practice including false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, discrimination, administrative law and housing. There is also some scope for advocacy, law reform, training and community legal education.

The student will be paid a salary for the period of the fellowship.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

All UNSW law students who have completed their law degrees by March 2018 are eligible to apply, but students who have specialised in human rights and public interest law will be given preference in the selection process. Students who have already completed the Work Experience component of their PLT will not be eligible to apply. Two positions are available with expected start dates in March 2018 and September 2018 respectively.

An application will consist of:

  1. Curriculum vitae with the name of two referees;
  2. A short covering letter indicating reasons for applying for the Fellowship and particular areas of interest in human rights and/or public interest law;
  3. A statement addressing each of the following selection criteria:
  •  Knowledge of, and familiarity with, human rights or public interest law, in particular current issues and developments in human rights law affecting Australia;
  •  Experience working with socially and economically disadvantaged people;
  •  Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to draft correspondence, submissions, research memoranda and Human Rights Committee reports;
  •  Excellent analytical and research skills;
  1. Verification of meeting the College of Law Professional Program rules for work experience component. See http://www.collaw.edu.au/downloads/plt-work-experience-component/
  • Please indicate in your application when you expect to complete your PLT requirements (noting that it is not a requirement to have completed your PLT before taking up the position).
  1. The dates available to take up the position during 2017.

Candidates will be selected for interview on the basis of the material submitted in their application. A selection committee comprising two representatives from Legal Aid NSW will make a selection based on the applications received.

For information on the LAHRC see: http://www.legalaid.nsw.gov.au/what-we-do/civil-law/human-rights


Enquiries to Lyn Payne, Senior Solicitor, Human Rights Team, Legal Aid NSW (02) 9219 5896.

Applications will open on 1 November and close on 30 November 2017.

Applications to be submitted by email to lyn.payne@legalaid.nsw.gov.au   

Please direct any other enquiries to Diane Macdonald, Australian Human Rights Centre at diane.macdonald@unsw.edu.au



Model United Nations, China: AHRCentre student delegation

During the last seven years, at the invitation of the Australian Human Rights Commission, the AHRCentre and the Faculty of Law have participated in the student Model UN meeting in China. The initiative is a joint venture of the United Nations Association of China and the Australian Human Rights Commission, and forms a part of the Australia-China Human Rights Technical Cooperation Program. Students have participated in Model UN meetings at universities in Chengdu, Harbin, Xiamen and Beijing, debating subjects such as the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights - ideals versus reality; progress made and challenges faced by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; the right to education; poverty and human rights; human rights and the environment; the rights of minorities; the Responsibility to Protect. 

Each year a delegation of UNSW Law students is selected through the Australian Human Rights Centre to undertake research, prepare submissions and present arguments at a Model United Nations meeting at a major university in China.

The 2014 China National Model United Nations (CNMUN) was held at Southeast University in Nanjing, from 7-9 November 2014. Download the eligibility and selection criteria document here.

Read about the delegates' experience at the CNMUN 2014 here.



Watch a short 30 second video of one of our delegates, Sam Emery, in action at the 2014 CNMUN in Nanjing.