Samoa Law Reform Commission Research Internship

Students selected for this project will participate in the Samoa Law Reform Commission Research Internship as part of LAWS5233 (Transnational Perspectives in Law) in partnership with the Samoa Law Reform Commission. 

Students will mix academic study with field-based learning, such as institutional visits and observations. The project will equip students with a distinct advantage for the pursuit of future opportunities in Samoa and throughout the Indo Pacific.

Please note, applications are now closed. Check back in Semester 2, 2020.

The in-country placement will be from 20 January 2020 to 14 February 2020. Students must also be available in the week beginning 13 January 2020 for a pre-departure briefing and to obtain feedback on the first piece of assessment, which will be due on 11 January 2020.

This opportunity is self-funded. A maximum of two students will be accepted. The course will require students to undertake research on key issues relating to Legal Pluralism and Law Reform. They will develop their knowledge of the Samoan legal system directly over the course of their internship under the guidance of the SLRC’s Executive Director. Pre-departure activities and a post-internship research paper will complement the learning abroad.

This project will allow students to explore how to draft effective laws for populations with strong traditional systems. Students will examine approaches to law making that are beneficial to South Pacific Islands and other similar societies with plural legal systems, taking Samoa as an example.

If eligible students would be interested in applying for this opportunity but have financial need, please enquire directly to Rachel Tyquin,

To be eligible for funding, students must:

  • be enrolled in a Bachelor of Laws (or associated dual program) at the School of Law
  • be Australian citizens
  • not have dual citizenship or residency rights in Samoa
  • be 18 years of age or older.