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Endeavour Mobility GrantsThe TC Beirne School of Law has secured funding under the Australian Government’s Endeavour Mobility Grants Scheme to assist 10 Bachelor of Laws students to travel to selected international institutions. Selected students must enrol in and complete LAWS5183 Research Project or LAWS4114 Advanced Research.

For Projects (A), (B) and (C) students must enrol in semester 2 2016. For Project (D) students must enrol in Summer 2016-17. Each grant will be for the sum of $2,000 to assist with travel and accommodation expenses.

Endeavour Mobility Grants

The Australian Government has established the Endeavour Mobility Grants to provide support for Australian students to study overseas as part of their Australian qualification.

Endeavour Mobility Grants support Australian Students to have an overseas study experience that contributes to their Australian qualification. In 2016 at the TC Beirne School of Law students, through short-term study, are able engage in the academic and social cultures of other regions, strengthening their global knowledge and experience.

Objectives

Endeavour Mobility Grants are designed to :

  • support students to study overseas as part of their qualification, where the study is for academic credit or is otherwise a mandatory component of the student’s course
  • create opportunities for students to engage globally with other students, institutions and employers
  • strengthen institutional capacity to collaborate and partner with overseas education providers.

Short-term Grants are provided at a rate of $2000 per student to allow students to participate in a Project less than six months in duration.

Funding is available to support Projects undertaken between 1 January 2016 and 31 January 2017.

Welfare and safety

The welfare and safety of students involved in an Endeavour Mobility Grants Project is of utmost importance.

Students receiving a Grant should make independent inquiries about the risks involved in overseas travel. This should include visiting Smartraveller for current information about risks overseas and how to prepare for overseas travel. Students should register with Smartraveller and subscribe to relevant travel advisories before starting their Project (http://smartraveller.gov.au/).

Study Overseas Short-term Mobility Program

The Study Overseas Short-term Mobility Program (STMP) provides Short-term Grants for Undergraduate Students to undertake study overseas that is for Academic Credit or is otherwise a mandatory component of the Student’s course. STMP grants may be used to support Students to participate in short-term (less than six months) Projects in a relevant field or course of study.

The aims of STMP are to:

  • increase the overall number of students with an overseas study experience related to their field of study
  • encourage students through a short-term study experience to consider longer-term mobility options
  • increase collaboration between higher education institutions in Australia and participating institutions or organisations overseas
  • assist institutions that are seeking to diversify their Programs to include innovative options, minority groups and/or non-traditional locations.

Eligible Students

A Student participating in a STMP Project and receiving a Short-term Grant must:

  • be an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident
  • be enrolled at an eligible Australian Higher Education Provider
  • be enrolled in an LLB, LLB(Hons) or associated dual degree program at the TC Beirne School of Law at the commencement of the Project
  • not have previously received an STMP grant under a current or past STMP Project.

Equal opportunity

The Grant Provider encourages active support for potential participants from "Disadvantaged or low socio-economic (SES) backgrounds".

Promotion of Endeavour Mobility Grants

Details and images of students may be used by The University of Queensland and the Australian Government Department of Education and Training for promotion of Endeavour Mobility Grants. This may include use in promotional material, information and publications in hardcopy and/or on the internet.

Guidelines

Students are bound by the Endeavour Mobility Grants Guidelines 2016 Round.

To be eligible for a grant, students must be enrolled in a Bachelor of Laws (or associated dual program) at TC Beirne School of Law.

Students must be Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents, and must not have previously received a Short Term Mobility Project Grant.

Applications must be in writing to the Grant Convenor, Dr Alan Davidson.

Applications for Projects (A), (B) and (C) are closed.

Applications for Project (D) close on 5 August 2016.

Submission materials:

  • Curriculum Vitae (1-5 pages)
  • Statement of Interest (1-2 pages). Please clearly indicate any previous courses or experience which relate to the research area of the placement/s for which you are applying
  • Topic proposal for the Research Project (1-2 pages)

It is recommended that students liaise with the project supervisor (see below).

Students may indicate preferences for up to three separate institutions. Decisions and placements will be made by a panel in conjunction with the project supervisors.

Project Time Location Enrolment in Project Supervisor Notes
(A) UNCITRAL 9-14 May 2016 United Nations, New York, USA Semester 2 2016 Dr Alan Davidson 4 Students
(B) Cambridge University - Queen Mary University 2 weeks in June 2016* London, Cambridge UK Semester 2 2016 Prof Simon Bronitt 2 students
(C) University of Tennessee 2 weeks in June-July 2016 Tennessee USA Semester 2 2016 Prof Heather Douglas 2 students
(D) UNCITRAL 31 October – 5 November 2016 (dates to be confirmed by UNCITRAL) United Nations Vienna, Austria Summer 2016-17 Dr Alan Davidson 2 students

* Compulsory attendance at Corruption Workshop in London 16-17 June 2016


PROJECTS (A) and (D) UNICTRAL (United Nations Commission on International Trade and Law)

Potential topics include: the role and operation of UNCITRAL in the international trade community; Electronic Commerce Conventions and Model Laws of UNCITRAL; and the work in progress by the Working Group on Electronic Transferable Records.

The project is supervised by Dr Alan Davidson who has been a delegate attending Working Group IV (Electronic Commerce) meetings of UNCITRAL since 2011. The delegation may comprise a maximum of five people (Alan Davidson and four students). Attendance at all five days of the Working Group is compulsory. Students will have limited access to UN materials and facilities. Students will have to opportunity to meet with UN personnel and other delegates.

The students would be expected to take notes, make summaries and write a short report. After participation in the Working Group, students are expected to identify suitable topics to complete LAWS5183 Research Project or LAWS4114 Advanced Research in Semester 2, 2016 for Project (A) or Summer 2016-7 for Project (D).


PROJECT (B) Cambridge University - Queen Mary University

Regulating Serious Corporate Illegality:
Exploring the Nexus between Civil, Criminal and Public Law

This project examines global regulation of corporate illegality, focusing specifically on anti-cartel and anti-corruption measures.

The project is supervised by Professor Bronitt as part of his fellowship hosted by the Law Faculty at the University of Cambridge (June/July 2016), which is being sponsored by law firm, Herbert Smith Freehills. The two-week student visit in mid-June to the UK would facilitate attendance at an invitation-only workshop held in London. Students would benefit from presentations from leading international expert on topics such as Foreign Bribery, Cartels, Money Laundering and other Corporate Crimes. The event would involve participation from practitioners, policymakers and public officials.

The students would be expected to serve as rapporteur, taking notes, and making summaries. There is an expectation that a draft report of the workshop proceedings, suitable for circulation to participants, would be finalised while in London. After participation in the workshop, students are expected to identify suitable topics for an Advanced Research (LAWS4114) project for Semester 2, 2016.

During the visit, students will also have the opportunity to meet with Professor Bronitt in Cambridge and London, and to interact with scholars and postgraduate students at Queen Mary University.

Note that this project takes place during the semester 1 examination period. It is not suitable for any student required to undertake exams during this period. Before making an application for Project B students must be in a position to complete all assessment for their enrolled courses. There will be no grant of a deferred examination for this Project.


PROJECT (C) University of Tennessee

The project is supervised by Professor Heather Douglas.

Professor Penny White is the director of Clinical programs in Tennessee and will be overseeing the clinical program. Students will have an intense two of weeks which will include:

  1. Collaboration with Professor Joanne Wise at the University of Tennessee Domestic Violence Clinic in some classes that address domestic violence, domestic violence law from both a substantive and procedural standpoint;
  2. Collaboration with Legal Aid of East Tennessee’s Domestic Violence attorneys (more information here on LAET: www.laet.org). This would include attending court and shadowing with those lawyers in client meetings and representation;
  3. A day with Judge McMillan, who serves as the presiding judge over the court in which domestic violence matters are heard in Knox County, Tennessee;
  4. Panel discussions with attorneys that represent both the victims and the accused; and
  5. Panel discussions with social workers that work with victims of domestic violence.

During this period you will be expected to take notes on a daily basis including your reflections on the experience. These reflections will assist you to develop a research project that has a comparative (USA/Australia) element and will form the basis of your research paper to be submitted as part of LAWS5183 Research Project or LAWS4114 Advanced Research .

On your return to Australia you will meet with Professor Heather Douglas and the National Domestic and Family Violence Bench Book team on at least three occasions to develop your understanding of the Australian approach to domestic and family violence and to develop your research project.

Bench Book meetings usually take place on Monday mornings from 9-10am (but this is flexible and can be changed potentially to suit availability).