Applications are now open for interested UQ law students to participate in the International Environmental Law Clinic as part of LAWS5180 (Clinical Legal Education) - a new international environmental law clinic in partnership with Forever Sabah.

Four UQ law students will be selected to participate in the program, which will commence in-country on Monday 8 January and will run for a period of six weeks. The timeframe aligns with Standard Semester 2018 (Teaching Period 2).

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.

The application deadline for this program is 4pm Thursday 3 November. 

The application process requires students to complete the application form below.

Students should email their completed Application Form to UQ Pro Bono Centre will share your application with Forever Sabah for selection purposes.

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 no later than Friday 18 November.

Shortlisted candidates will be expected to attend a pre-selection Skype interview in the week starting Monday 21 November. Final offers will be made to the successful candidates in that same week.

UQ Pro Bono Centre will share your application with Forever Sabah for selection purposes.

Application form

The two 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:

  • Return flights – approximately $2000 AUD
  • Accommodation (+ utilities) - approximately $500-$550 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. 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.

* Interested students please note: this placement is contingent on New Colombo Plan funding being remitted to the Law School to finance student mobility. The School was successful in obtaining funding for this placement however UQ is still awaiting receipt of these funds from the Commonwealth authorities. Payment is expected to be made shortly.

LAWS5180 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.

Students will be expected to attend a pre-departure induction with LAWS5180 Course Coordinator in early December 2016 (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