Castan Centre Human Rights Clinic

Castan Centre Human Rights Clinic (LAW4811)

The Castan Centre Human Rights Clinic offers law students with an interest in human rights the opportunity to conduct
policy and advocacy work on behalf of a client organisation with support and guidance from Castan Centre staff.

The Clinic provides an opportunity for students to conduct research with real impact on the work of the organisations involved and gives students professional experience in the human rights field. It forms part of the 6 credit unit LAW4811 ('In-House Placement') and will run once a week for a period of 12 weeks.

About the Castan Centre

The Castan Centre is a world-renowned academic centre within the Monash Faculty of Law using its human rights expertise to create a more just world where human rights are  respected and protected. The Centre’s innovative approach to public engagement and passion for human rights is redefining how academic institutions can create important and lasting change. In 2020, we are excited to add the Castan Centre Human Rights Clinic to our student program.

How is the Clinic different from the Castan Centre Internship?

The Clinic is different from the Castan Centre In-house Internships (LAW4803). The Clinic engages students in practical human rights work. Students work in small teams with external clients (such as domestic or international human rights organisations) on one or more policy or advocacy projects. For example, previous Clinic teams have been involved in drafting submissions to parliamentary inquiries or preparing reports to UN entities.

The focus of Clinic projects depends on the requirements of client organisations and may vary. Both programs offer valuable experience for a career in the human rights field.

Prerequisites

Participating students should ideally have completed at least one human rights-related module in the Law Faculty.

Questions

Students interested in the Castan Centre Human Rights Clinic are welcome to contact Castan Centre Policy Manager, Andrea Jones, with any questions.

For more information, read our Castan Centre Human Rights Clinic Flyer