• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law, Legal Practice
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Jonathan Liljeblad
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Summer Session 2022
    See Future Offerings

This course involves students & supervising academic staff from the College of Law (CoL) collaborating with students & supervising academic staff at a law school in a developing country. The choice of developing country and the choice of partner law school will be at the discretion of the CoL, and will be a function of CoL partnerships with developing country law schools, ANU international strategy, relevance to unit learning outcomes and assessments, and safety.

The collaboration will involve research of topics in the chosen developing country, with the topics adopted in coordination with the academic staff of the partner law school. Collaboration will occur in English. Topics will relate to Law & Development, with potential issues including, but not limited to, rule-of-law, justice, access to justice, professional ethics, human rights, gender rights, LGBTQI+ rights, indigenous rights, environmental law, and social justice.

The course aims to

  • give students a clinical experience in a developing country, so as to see first hand the legal and social justice issues arising in a developing country.
  • guide and support students in identifying, developing and applying practical legal skills in Law & Development. 
  • develop students' critical understanding of the role of lawyers in providing access to justice in a developing country.
  • contextualise the study of law and student learning in the wide range of other law courses. 
  • encourage, promote and validate student aspirations to promote access to justice and equality before the law specifically in relation to disadvantaged people and communities. 
  • encourage students to critically consider the effect of the law and its ability to deliver and or facilitate justice in a developing country.

Students must apply to undertake this course. Please go to International Opportunities for application information.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. describe and critique how advanced knowledge and skills acquired through the study of law can be applied to support law & development
  2. reflect on the operation of law in different global contexts
  3. reflect on their personal motivation for studying law, their goals and career aspirations
  4. apply a reflective and ethical approach in researching law in culturally diverse situations
  5. reflect on, and learn from, their experiences individually and in collaboration with students and work colleagues
  6. recognise and use culturally sensitive and appropriate communication
  7. describe and distinguish a variety of justice issues with respect to law in developing countries
  8. identify improved interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence and self-awareness of their own cognitive abilities and values
  9. analyse the predicament of individual and group clients having regard to the operation of the law and the legal system
  10. describe and critically assess a range of strategies to improve justice / social justice outcomes
  11. identify and evaluate concrete and achievable ways in which they can promote access to justice and equality before the law
  12. plan and present a research project, with some independence

Other Information

Enrolment is limited with selection based on a competitive process. Application information can be located on the ANU College of Law Website.

Indicative Assessment

  1. engagement with pre and post workshops (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12]
  2. onsite assessment 30% (30) [LO 2,4,5,6,7,8,9,11]
  3. overview of weekly reflective journal while in country (1000 words) (20) [LO 1,2,4,5]
  4. presentation of a research project at a seminar/forum and written report on project (1800 words) (30) [LO null]

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


Student work in this course consists of:

  • 2 pre departure workshops averaging about 2 hours each ( 4 hours)
  • 3 weeks in country 7.5hrs x 5 x 3 =112
  • weekly reflective journal while in country ( 6 hours)
  • debriefing workshop about 2 hours
  • final research presentation - one day attendance ( 7 hours)

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Bachelor of Laws (ALLB) and have completed or be completing five 1000 level LAWS courses. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed LAWS6301 Law and Development Clinic or LAWS6301 Myanmar Law Clinic

You will need to contact the ANU Law School to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Not Required


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
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Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1580 17 Jan 2022 28 Jan 2022 28 Jan 2022 14 Mar 2022 Online or In Person N/A

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