Samoa Law Reform Commission Research Internship

Applications are now open for interested UQ law students to 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. 

Two UQ Bachelor of Laws students will be selected to participate in the program, which will run from approximately January 15 to February 12, 2018.

A second intake from July 1 to 29 2018 will be advertised early in Semester 1, 2018.

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.

Applications due 4:00pm on  8 October 2017. Successful applicants will be permission-listed to enrol in LAWS5233: Transnational Perspectives in Law.

The project is part of the New Colombo Plan Mobility Program. 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 instruction from subject 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.

To be eligible for funding, students must:

  • be enrolled in a Bachelor of Laws (or associated dual program) at TC Beirne School of Law
  • be Australian citizens
  • not have dual citizenship or residency rights in Samoa
  • be 18 years of age or older
  • not have previously received a Short Term Mobility Project Grant.