Grata Fund - Democracy and Freedoms Clinic

Monash Law Clinics and the Grata Fund are partnering to offer a new clinic on strategic litigation focusing on cases that advance, promote and protect our democracy and freedoms.

Grata Fund empowers people and communities to hold the powerful to account through integrated litigation and movement campaigns on the issues of human rights, democracy and climate change.

Law students participating in the Democracy and Freedoms Clinic learn to use their legal skills to develop litigation strategies for test  cases for Grata Fund, draft briefs to counsel, conduct legal research, draft advocacy reports, and work on community legal education to capacity-build civil society to engage in litigation. Current areas of focus include developing litigation on freedom of information, overreach of executive power, and challenging government policies using racial discrimination law.

The Clinic is a unique opportunity for Monash Law students to work with experienced public-interest and human rights lawyers at the cutting edge of the law to develop circuit-breaking litigation. Students are challenged to think creatively to implement legal interventions to protect our democracy and hold the government accountable.

Under the close supervision of the Clinical Supervisor, students will learn about movement lawyering, how to develop test cases, and how to run integrated campaigns to support strategic litigation. This exciting new offering is run within the Monash Law Clinics - Melbourne legal practice in the Melbourne CBD, with frequent contact with the Grata Fund team online. Students will be on site one day per week and will also engage in follow-up work either on site or remotely.