- Class Number 1575
- Term Code 3320
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Jonathan Liljeblad
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 12/12/2022
- Class End Date 17/02/2023
- Census Date 06/01/2023
- Last Date to Enrol 13/12/2022
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
The convenor will draw on his own research in international law, international development, social justice and legal skills development to mentor students in the course.
Jonathan's researcher profile is here.
There will be weekend excursions related to the learning experience in Cambodia. Excursions may include the following:
- Tuol Seng & Killing Fields
- Angkor Wat
- National Park
Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.
ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.
Task submission times refer to Canberra time (AEST/AEDT).
Extensions, late submission and penalties: https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/extensions-late-submission-and-penalties
Deferred examination: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/deferred-examinations
Special consideration: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/special-assessment-consideration
Penalties for excess word length: https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/word-length-and-excess-word-penalties
Distribution of Grades Policy: https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/grading
Further information about the course: is available from the course Wattle page. Students are required to access the Wattle site regularly throughout the course for any announcements relating to the course.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Clinic start - tasks with external NGO partners in Cambodia Travel prep sessions||In-person mutual team activities on ANU campus On-line Zoom (for contact with external NGO partners)|
|2||Clinic - tasks with external NGO partners in Cambodia Travel prep sessions||In-person mutual team activities on ANU campus On-line Zoom (for contact with external NGO partners)|
|3||Clinic - tasks with external NGO partners in Cambodia||In-country in Cambodia|
|4||Clinic - tasks with external NGO partners in Cambodia||In-country in Cambodia|
|5||Clinic - tasks with external NGO partners in Cambodia||In-country in Cambodia|
|6||Clinic end - tasks with external NGO partners in Cambodia||In-person mutual team activities on ANU campus On-line Zoom (for contact with external NGO partners)|
|7||Assessments||Individual papers (ANU students)|
ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage .
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Attendance and Participation in Scheduled Activities||0 %||*||*||2,4,5,6,8|
|Completion of Preparation Assignments||0 %||13/01/2023||*||1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11|
|Debrief & Reflective Journal||25 %||15/02/2023||01/03/2023||1,2,3,4,5,8,11|
|Research Essay||50 %||24/02/2023||13/03/2023||1,2,7,9,10,11,12|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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- Student Surveys and Evaluations
- Deferred Examinations
- Student Complaint Resolution Policy and Procedure
- Code of practice for teaching and learning
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Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Attendance and particpation is compulsory. Student must abide by the Student Expectations and Clinic Requirements .
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 2,4,5,6,8
Attendance and Participation in Scheduled Activities
Details of Task: Students are required to attend and participate in the preparation, lectures, fieldwork and debrief seminars. The unit requires engagement by ANU law students with NGOs in Cambodia. The preparation seminars will provide background information regarding Cambodia. The debrief seminars will provide group reflection of the experience to guide learning.
Nature of Task: Compulsory. A student who fails to attend the required sessions without an exemption based on special circumstances will receive an NCN for the course.
Assessment criteria: Attendance and participation is compulsory. If you are unable to attend a session, then you must provide medical documentation or demonstrate ‘exceptional circumstances.’ Student must abide by the Student Expectations and Clinic Requirements.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11
Completion of Preparation Assignments
Details of Task: Students are required to complete preparation assignments. Further details of the task will be provided on the Wattle site from 1 January 2023.
Nature of Task: Compulsory. Due to the nature of the task, late submission or extension is NOT permitted.
Release: Thursday 29 December 2022 via course Wattle site.
Due date: 5pm, Friday 13 January 2023
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,8,11
Debrief & Reflective Journal
Details of Task: Students will maintain a reflective journal while in-country. The in-country reflective journal will record student reflections on the learning experience--both personal and professional--while in-country in Cambodia working with the external NGO partners. Students will present their reflections in a clinic debrief, most likely to be held on the ANU campus on Wednesday 15 February 2023.
Nature of Task: Compulsory and non-redeemable. Failure to complete will result in a mark of zero for this task. Due to the nature of the task, late submission or extension is NOT permitted.
Word limit: 1,700 words. The ANU College of Law's Word Length and Excess Word penalties policy can be found here.
Due date: 5pm, Wednesday 15 February 2023 via Turnitin. Your submission must be made in a word processing file format (.doc, .docx). PDF files will not be accepted.
Estimated return date: 1 March 2023
|Activity||Excellent||Good||On the right track||Not yet satisfactory|
Demonstrates personal responsibility for learning and growth
Takes personal responsibility for reflective learning, clearly considers goals and experiences, generates ways forward and evaluates own progress openly with an ability to ‘stand back’.
Takes responsibility and links learning goals with future personal action.
Partly identifies learning goals, and/ or partly links with personal action.
Entry not clearly linked to personal learning goals, shows no or limited understanding of personal action and responsibility.
Considers different perspectives and possibilities and/ or values.
Identifies principles to decipher competing views and perspectives. Articulates a personal position by linking them together.
Weighs an idea or perspective and can justify personal decision-making and actions. Student recognises competing interests.
Descriptive or anecdotal thinking with limited use of alternative perspectives.
Black and white thinking. Dependent on one view and cannot speculate on either values or different perspectives.
Clarity of expression
The language is coherent and expressive. Explanation of concepts and context makes sense to an uninformed reader. Fluent, articulate sense of a journey.
Minor, infrequent lapses in clarity and accuracy.
Clear explanation of the issues/ challenges.
There are lapses in clarity and accuracy. Adequate explanation of the issues/ challenges/ ideas.
Language is generally unclear and confusing. Concepts are either not discussed or are presented incoherently. Oversimplifies ideas.
The reflection moves beyond simple description of the experience to an analysis of how the experience contributed to student understanding of self, others, and/or concepts covered in the course. Analysis is coherent and insightful.
The reflection demonstrates a coherent analysis of the experience but analysis lacks depth.
Student makes attempts at applying the learning experience to understanding of self, others, and/or course concepts but fails to demonstrate depth of analysis.
Reflection does not move beyond description of the learning experience(s).
Use of examples/ illustrations
Uses appropriate and thoughtful illustrations to demonstrate and make clear and effective links with the learning experiences.
Uses good examples and illustrations, which are partly linked to the learning experiences.
Uses sources, and illustrations linked to learning experiences, but the links are not clear.
Examples are not linked to what the student has stated is their learning experience in the course.
Connects experiences with the ideas in the course: fostering social justice and the rule of law in a developing country
The reflection demonstrates clear connections between personal learning experience and learning in the course
The reflection demonstrates some connections between personal experience and learning in the course.
There is an attempt to connect the experience and learning in the course, but only partly successful.
Doesn’t link with any learning experience in the course or the learning outcomes.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,7,9,10,11,12
Details of Task: Students will be assessed for their participation during the course, both in the weeks within Australia and the weeks in-country in Cambodia.
Nature of Task: Compulsory and non-redeemable. Failure to complete will result in a mark of zero for this task.
Due date: 5pm, Wednesday 15 February 2023
Estimated return date: 1 March 2023
|Activity||Excellent||Good||On the right track||Not yet satisfactory|
Engagement with audience in terms of tone, eye contact, pace and delivery.
High level of engagement and connection with audience through sophisticated and vital delivery. Communicates key points concisely and effectively with discerning use of time.
Effective engagement and connection with audience through well-developed skills for delivery. Mostly communicates key points concisely and effectively with efficient use of time.
Evidence of some engagement and sense or awareness of importance of connection with audience. Sometimes communicates key points concisely and effectively but does not comply with time limits.
Communicates with a limited sense of audience; and, with reliance on notes. Rarely communicates key points concisely and effectively, significantly under or over time.
Constructive collaboration supporting group productivity, efficiency, and cohesion. Highly supportive of others, willing to listen and address alternative perspectives. Consistently considerate of others and always polite.
Consistent effort to support group productively, efficiency, and cohesion. Somewhat support of others, mostly willing to listen and consider alternative perspectives. Largely considerate of others. Generally polite.
Marginal contributions to group productivity, efficiency, and cohesion. Little support for others, reluctance to listen and consider alternative perspectives. Inconsistently considerate of others and frequently rude.
Detrimental to group productivity, efficiency, and cohesion. Resistance to others, unwilling to listen or consider alternative perspectives. Inconsiderate of others and mostly rude.
Attentiveness & diligence
Attentive to instructions and mindful of detail in ways that helped foster a positive group experience in Cambodia.
Largely attentive and conscious of detail, some minor lapses that negatively affected group experience in Cambodia.
Inconsistent attention and only marginal awareness of details, contributed to negative group experience in Cambodia.
Inattentive and careless regarding details, primary driver of negative group experience in Cambodia.
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,7,9,10,11,12
Details of Task: Students will be required to prepare a submission equivalent to a 3500 word research essay relevant to the work done for external NGO partners in Cambodia.
Nature of Task: Compulsory and non-redeemable. Failure to complete will result in a mark of zero for this task.
Release: 14 January 2023
Word limit: 3,500 words. The ANU College of Law's Word Length and Excess Word penalties policy can be found here.
Due date: 5pm Friday 24 February 2023 via Turnitin. Your submission must be made in a word processing file format (.doc, .docx). PDF files will not be accepted.
Estimated return date: 13 March 2023. Late submission (without an extension) is permitted, although late penalties will apply.
|Not Satisfactory||Pass [Adequate]||Credit [Generally Good]||Distinction [Mostly Very Good]||High Distinction [Excellent]|
1. Argument and response to question
The question was not addressed; descriptive response to the task. Response on issues not relevant to the question.
Shows a limited understanding of the question.
Provides limited argument and tends to be substantially descriptive in addressing the question
Contains an introduction and conclusion that addresses and resolves some aspects of the question. Intervening paragraphs provide some evidence and support for an argument that is consistent with the conclusion.
Contains an introduction and conclusion that addresses and resolves most aspects of the question. Intervening paragraphs mostly provide evidence and support for an argument. Argument is mostly consistent with the conclusion.
Contains an introduction and conclusion that directly addresses and resolves all aspects of the question. Intervening paragraphs provide evidence and support for a clearly focussed argument that is entirely consistent with the conclusion.
2. Research of scholarly/authoritative secondary sources.
If relevant, also primary legal (case law and legislation)
No evidence of research; reliance on class materials, and/or, reliance on non-authoritative secondary sources.
Evidence of some systematic or effective research; research with significant flaws, errors, gaps in sources. Scholarly/authoritative materials that are marginally relevant or generally relevant.
Evidence of good systematic research including some depth and breadth of scholarly /authoritative sources Some specifically relevant scholarly /authoritative materials.
Substantial depth and breadth in research including most relevant scholarly /authoritative sources.
Extensive and comprehensive range of scholarly /authoritative sources.
3.Critical evaluation of material
No evidence of awareness of critical evaluation of material.
Limited critical evaluation of material. Consideration of different perspectives on one issue.
Some critical evaluation and consideration of several perspectives on more than one issue.
Critical evaluation of most material presented. Consideration and resolution of multiple perspectives on most contentious issues.
Critical evaluation of all material presented. Consideration and resolution of multiple perspectives on all contentious issues.
4. Structure including logical
Logical organisation and development of ideas not evident.
Some organisation and development of ideas.
Evidence of logical organisation of thoughts and development of most ideas.
Well developed and effective structure.
Skilful development of ideas in a sophisticated and effective structure.
5. Effective use of headings
Limited headings. Headings not useful.
Some useful headings.
Many useful headings.
All headings used to enhance a clear structure.
6. Expression and written communication including use of legal terminology, spelling etc. Effective use of words and word limit to address key issues.
Expression contains many errors; confused and unclear in many places. Main ideas not communicated or poorly communicated. Insufficient length or significantly over-length.
Expression adequately communicates author’s main ideas. A few significant grammatical errors and/or errors with legal terminology. Within word limit but disproportionate allocation of words to unimportant issues
Good expression clearly communicating most of the author’s ideas. No significant errors but occasional minor errors or lack of clarity. Allocation of words broadly consistent with importance of issues. Reasonably concise language.
Very good expression clearly communicating all of the author’s ideas. Rare errors or lack of clarity. Effective use of words within the word limit according to importance of issues.
Polished and/or stylish written expression and communication of ideas throughout the paper. Efficient, economical and discerning use of words within the word limit to provide emphasis consistent with structure and argument.
7. Referencing and compliance with AGLC.
Footnotes absent or consistently non-compliant with AGLC.
Insufficient footnotes and/or many footnotes non-compliant with AGLC
Footnotes sometimes compliant with AGLC but also repeated errors.
Footnotes mostly compliant with AGLC. Minor errors.
Footnotes compliant with AGLC. No errors detected.
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Jonathan's research largely focuses on rule-of-law, with case studies on human rights and environmental issues. His fieldwork is mostly in Southeast Asia. Generally, his research falls within the fields of international law, rule-of-law, human rights, environmental law, law & development, and law & society. Due to the empirical nature of his research, his work connects academia, government, and civil society; seeks interdisciplinary, transboundary, and cross-cultural collaborations; and endeavors to nurture direct impact upon policy-makers and societal leaders.
Dr Jonathan Liljeblad