- Code LAWS6301
- Unit Value 6 units
This course involves students & supervising academic staff from the ANU 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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- describe and critique how advanced knowledge and skills acquired through the study of law can be applied to support law & development
- reflect on the operation of law in different global contexts
- reflect on their personal motivation for studying law, their goals and career aspirations
- apply a reflective and ethical approach in researching law in culturally diverse situations
- reflect on, and learn from, their experiences individually and in collaboration with students and work colleagues
- recognise and use culturally sensitive and appropriate communication
- describe and distinguish a variety of justice issues with respect to law in developing countries
- identify improved interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence and self-awareness of their own cognitive abilities and values
- analyse the predicament of individual and group clients having regard to the operation of the law and the legal system
- describe and critically assess a range of strategies to improve justice / social justice outcomes
- identify and evaluate concrete and achievable ways in which they can promote access to justice and equality before the law
- plan and present a research project, with some independence
Work Integrated Learning
Clinical courses allow students to engage and collaborate with students and supervising academic staff at a law school in a developing country. Currently, placements are undertaken in Phnom Penh. Students explore rule-of-law, justice, access to justice, professional ethics, human rights, gender rights, LGBTQI+ rights, indigenous rights, environmental law, and social justice and have the unique opportunity to see first-hand the legal and social justice issues arising in a developing country.
Enrolment is limited with selection based on a competitive process. Application information can be located on the ANU College of Law Website.
- engagement with pre and post workshops (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12]
- onsite assessment (30) [LO 2,4,5,6,7,8,9,11]
- overview of weekly reflective journal while in country (1000 words) (20) [LO 1,2,4,5]
- presentation of a research project at a seminar/forum and written report on project (30) [LO null]
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- Classes offered in non-standard sessions will be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (approximately 26 hours of face to face teaching). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion of this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours.
- Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have three contact hours per week.
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Requisite and Incompatibility
You will need to contact the ANU Law School to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
Students must rely on the approved Class Summary which will be posted to the Programs and Courses site approximately two weeks prior to the commencement of the course. Alternatively, this information will be published in the Program course list when known.
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