Applications are now open for interested UQ law students to participate in the Environmental Sustainability and the Law placement as part of LAWS5233 (Transnational Perspectives in Law).  This elective law course is run by the Law School in partnership with a Malaysian organisation, Future Law.

Up to four UQ law students will be selected to participate in the program, which will commence in-country on Wednesday 9 January and will run for a period of five and a half weeks. The timeframe aligns within the standard 2018/19 Summer Semester.

Student experience

Students in Sabah mountains, Malaysia... the six and a half weeks I spent in Sabah as part of the international environmental law clinic, [were] 'life changing'...The clinic gave me an insight into a professional world I had never experienced, introduced me to new concepts and ideas, exposed me to completely new world views and, most importantly, connected me with like-minded people.

- Jane Hall, 2018

More from students about their experience in Sabah, Borneo

Future Law is an organisation that works within legal systems to catalyse legal innovation, reimagine legal education and enhance legal communication. Lawyers at Future Law work with leaders across sectors to innovate how environmental law is developed, practised and used.  

This course 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 this course will include:

  • Living and working in Sabah for six weeks, from January to February 2019;
  • 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. Specific topics will be decided with Future Law staff and will likely concern environmental courts and marine or terrestrial conservation.

The course will operate on a full-time basis (approx. 9am - 5 pm Mon – Fri) and students will work under the close supervision of environmental lawyers Harry Jonas and Holly Jonas.  Future Law will identify suitable accommodation and will provide induction, team building, reflections and other activities during the placement period. 

The application deadline for this program is Friday 13 July at 4pm.   The application process requires students to complete an application form (PDF, 750KB).

Students should email their completed Application Form to tcbeirne@law.uq.edu.au. The Law School will share your application with Future Law for selection purposes.

The Law School and Future Law will shortlist candidates on the papers.  All applicants will be advised whether or not they have been shortlisted no later than Friday 20 July.

Shortlisted candidates will be expected to attend a pre-selection Skype interview in the week starting Monday 23 July.   Final offers will be made to the successful candidates in the following 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 November to April 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.

Selected students will also 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 $3,000 towards the costs of this academic placement. 

Estimated costs include:

  • Future Law 2019 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.

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

 

This is a graded course.  Formal assessment will involve weekly reflective journals in addition to a final research paper.  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 also be expected to attend a pre-departure induction at UQ in early December 2018 (date/time TBA).