International Justice Initiative Opportunities
The International Justice Initiative aims to provide opportunities for students with a strong social-justice and public-interest orientation to engage in the substance and practice of international law.
Participating students have the opportunity to:
- Undertake research to advance international law in the public interest and provide pro-bono support
- Assist alumni and other experts working in international and public-interest-focused organisations
- Cooperate to complete research projects under the careful supervision of faculty and/or external advisors
- Learn about international law-making through ad-hoc seminars by experts in UN and other international processes
- Receive support in finding and undertaking internship and work experience opportunities with a global reach
The Initiative has also provided a number of opportunities for students to travel abroad and participate in international processes.
UN Climate Change Negotiations
Students have attended United Nations negotiations in Paris, Marrakech and Bonn.
In May 2017, for example, the Initiative sponsored four students to attend the international climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany. The negotiations build on the landmark climate agreement adopted in Paris in 2015.
The two-week trip provided UTAS students with an opportunity to participate in formal multilateral negotiations, and to support developing country negotiators and civil society organizations on a range of issues (see presentation and report).
Students were generously supported by a scholarship provided by the Faculty of Law, Law School Alumni, and a civil society organization staffed by a UTAS alumnus who is supporting the Initiative.
Building on experiences with international climate change law, opportunities are being explored in areas such as international criminal law, trade law, and fisheries law, in consultation with UTAS faculty and alumni and their networks.