Student programs

AHRCentre Educational Initiatives: Courses and internship programs

Much of the research undertaken by AHRCentre staff and assosciates informs course design and internship programs developed and co-ordinated by the AHRCentre. There are a number of human rights courses and programs available to undergraduate and postgraduate students, such as the Masters in Human Rights Law and Policy, and students can also enrol in internal (eg student editor internships with the Australian Journal of Human Rights or the Human Rights Defender) and external internships with human rights organisations in Australia and overseas.

In 2012, students participated in a new course, Human Rights in Practice based in New York, devised by Bassina Farbenblum in collaboration with Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Institute. The two week intensive summer school, examines the operation of human rights law in practice in international, regional and domestic U.S. and Australian contexts.

The UNSW Human Rights Clinic is an experiential learning program in which students gain practical human rights lawyering experience in domestic and international settings, while critically reflecting on the role of law and lawyers in advancing human rights at home and in our region. Students attend the clinic one or two days per week and undertake casework and projects that focus primarily on advancing the human rights of non-citizens, including migrant workers and refugees in Asia and Australia.

An experiential human rights internship program, the South African Human Rights Clinic, developed by Beth Goldblatt, was launched in January 2013. Over a five week period, UNSW law students intern with leading public interest and human rights law organisations in Johannesburg, gaining practical and international experience which will equip students for public interest or other legal careers in Australia and internationally.

In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in a Model UN in China (a program initiated by the Australian Human Rights Commisison in collaboration with the the AHRCentre), developing submissions, lobbying and presenting arguments on a range of international human rights issues

The AHRCentre also explores opportunties for graduate students keen to pursue a career in the practice of human rights law. To this end, five years ago, Legal Aid NSW in partnership with the AHRCentre and UNSW Law established a Human Rights Fellowship Program for graduating law students. Students undertake a 14 week fellowship within the Human Rights Unit of the NSW Legal Aid Commission where they gain hands-on work experience with experienced human rights lawyers.  

Master of Human Rights Law & Policy

Course offerings may vary. Refer to Law timetable for courses on offer.

For more information about these and other courses offered at UNSW please browse the Online Handbook.