International Environmental Law Clinic

Applications are OPEN for interested UQ law students to participate in the International Environmental Law Clinic as part of LAWS5223 (Environmental Sustainability and the Law) in partnership with Forever Sabah. The application deadline for this program is 4pm, Friday 13 July, 2018.

Four UQ law students will be selected to participate in the program, which will commence in-country on the second Monday in January each year and will run for a period of six weeks. The timeframe aligns with Summer Semester 2018 (Standard).

You can read about previous UQ students’ pro bono legal work with Forever Sabah here.

Forever Sabah is a 25-year programme to support Sabah’s transition to a diversified, equitable, circular economy. The clinic will work with Forever Sabah’s Legal Innovation Team to deliver cutting-edge legal advice and support, including identifying strategic entry points in the law for a range of environmental issues. This clinic offers students a ‘hands on’ opportunity to make a real contribution to environmental justice while being involved in a remarkable experience of living and working in Asia.

Some of the activities of the international environmental law clinic will include:

  • Living and working in Sabah for six weeks, from January to February 2018;
  • Participating in a weekly legal seminar series to build students’ knowledge of the interaction between local laws and policies and broader political, economic and juridical processes and their impacts on environmental conservation in Sabah;
  • Researching and developing technical papers on relevant areas of law. The specific topics will be decided with the Legal Innovation Team and will likely concern environmental courts and marine or terrestrial conservation.

The clinic will operate on a full-time basis (approx. 9am - 5 pm Mon – Fri) and students will work under the close supervision of the Legal Innovation Team lawyers, Harry Jonas and Holly Jonas. Forever Sabah will identify suitable accommodation and will provide induction, team building, reflections and other activities during the internship period.

To apply for the International Environmental Law Clinic, please complete this application form

Students should email their completed Application Form to UQ Pro Bono Centre will share your application with Forever Sabah for selection purposes.  The application deadline for this program is 4pm, Friday in O-week, semester 2 each year.

The UQ Pro Bono Centre and Forever Sabah will shortlist candidates on the papers.  All applicants will be advised whether or not they have been shortlisted by 31 July

Shortlisted candidates will be expected to attend a pre-selection Skype interview early in week 3 of semester. Final offers will be made to the successful candidates in that same week.

All interested students are encouraged to apply for an OS-HELP Loan with the support of UQ Abroad. The deadline for OS-Help loans for overseas study commencing May to October is Friday 15 September. PLEASE NOTE: OS-Help loan applications can be withdrawn without penalty if the student’s application is unsuccessful, so it is best to apply at the outset.

The four successful students will be supported by the UQ Law School by way of a $3000 AUD stipend thanks to mobility grant funding via the New Colombo Plan. Selected students are expected to put the $3000 towards the costs of this academic placement. The Centre will update all student applicants about the ongoing status of funding. Estimated costs include:

  • Forever Sabah 2018 Programme Administration Fee – 1000 AUD
  • Return flights – approximately $2000 AUD
  • Accommodation (+ utilities) - approximately $500-$600 AUD per person per month.
  • Food, internet, local transport – approximately $150-$200 AUD per month (with variations depending on personal choices such as phone plans and evenings out).
  • Visas – no cost. There are no visa requirements for Australians travelling to Malaysia - students will receive a free 90 day tourist visa upon arrival in Sabah.

Students will be responsible for booking and paying for their return flights to and from Kota Kinabalu and must be arranged through Campus Travel. UQ will arrange a full pre-departure risk assessment for selected students. As an official elective law course, UQ travel, personal accident, professional indemnity and public liability insurance will cover students on placement.


LAWS5233 is a highly popular elective law course that provides students with work experience in a social justice setting for academic credit.

The course is not graded, it is pass/fail. Formal assessment will involve weekly reflective journals in addition to regular tasks students will undertake for Forever Sabah.  All selected students will be required to complete a research proposal on their assigned research topic in early December, prior to their departure in January.

Students will be expected to attend a pre-departure induction with LAWS5233 Course Coordinator (date/time TBA).


Monica Taylor
Director UQ Pro Bono Centre and LAWS5180 Course Coordinator
+61 7 3346 9351

Harry Jonas
Legal Clinic Coordinator


Monica Taylor
Director UQ Pro Bono Centre
LAWS5180 Course Coordinator

+61 7 3346 9351


Harry Jonas
Legal Clinic Coordinator