There appear to be masses of inspiring things happening in the migration policy and law space, like IMPALA and surely many others I have no awareness of and would love to learn more about. But the focus of this post is narrow; it is intended merely to address how law students who are interested can get involved with and gain experience in the provision of legal services and basic legal education to new Australians. This limited scope is just to keep things manageable and does not mean to discount the many wonderful initiatives happening at universities in Australia related to refugee issues.
I welcome suggestions on where to find a good, comprehensive listing or for suggestions to help build one here. Again, the focus is on how law students and recent law grads can get involved with legal clinics and also helping deliver basic legal education. I think the latter deserves more attention because education empowers through knowledge and awareness. Not power as in power used to manipulate and control, but power as in strength and capability and confidence that comes from being able to deal with things for ourselves rather than needing others to tell us.
UNSW Kaldor Centre – the UNSW Refugee Law & Policy Group has now been incorporated into the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law.
See also Street Law. The focus of the Australian branch of Street Law seems to be on people living rough, rather than the broader focus of Street Law overseas, which runs several programs including Protidinar Ain/the Law in Everyday Life.
UQ Asylum Seeker and Refugee Law Project Blog by students from The University of Queensland
- Refugee and Immigration Legal Service
- Refugee Council of Australia
- Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Education
- AMES Australia
A couple of examples of educational initiatives overseas:
American Legal System 101 for Spokane refugees – a workshop intended to help build understanding of civic responsibility and the American legal system, Gonzaga University, USA