Information for students

SCIL internships

The applications for the SCIL Internships for Semester 2, 2017 are now open and must be submitted by Friday, 23 June 2017.

SCIL offers two internship positions to Sydney Law School students in each semester of the academic year. Interns must be available to work one day per week for the duration of one semester. Interns are involved in the full range of the Centre’s activities, which may include international law research, drafting legal opinions, policy submissions to parliamentary committees or law reform bodies, hosting public seminars, and the production of the Australian International Law Journal. Interns report to the Centre Director(s) and work closely with the Director(s) and other SCIL Associates.

You may access short videos featuring some SCIL interns talking about their experience below:

SCIL Intern Video Testimonials
Alice Gardoll - Arts/Law
SCIL Intern Video Testimonials - Alice Gardoll - Arts/Law

SCIL Intern Video Testimonials - Alice Gardoll - Arts/Law

Sarah Schwartz - Arts/Law
SCIL Intern Video Testimonials - Sarah Schwartz - Arts/Law

SCIL Intern Video Testimonials - Sarah Schwartz - Arts/Law

The relevant selection criteria are:

  1. Applicants must be currently enrolled at the University of Sydney in the Faculty of Law and should have completed the undergraduate or JD compulsory unit Public International Law, and
  2. Applicants should also have a strong overall academic record and a demonstrated interest in international affairs or foreign policy. Students who have not had previous opportunities to undertake paid or unpaid work in a relevant field are especially encouraged to apply.

Applications will be assessed on merit and experience relative to opportunity.

How to apply - You should submit the following:

  1. Your application form Application form
  2. Your statement of interest (maximum one page) and
  3. Your CV and transcripts

Please email your completed application and the requisite documents to

The applications for the SCIL Internships for Semester 2, 2017 are now open and must be submitted by Friday, 23 June 2017.

Studying international law

Undergraduate & JD courses

Sydney Law School is one of the few Australian law schools in which international law (both public and private) comprises part of the compulsory undergraduate and JD curriculum. This reflects the importance of international law to this Law School. In addition to the compulsory units, SCIL members teach a wide range of elective units.

For information, consult the list of units of study available at Sydney Law School.

Postgraduate courses

At the postgraduate level, Sydney Law School offers a large range of innovative and cutting edge coursework programs in international law.

Himalayan Field School

Students at the undergraduate, JD and postgraduate level may be eligible for the once-in-a-lifetime learning experience offered through the Himalayan Field School. More information.

Postgraduate Research in International Law

Sydney Law School offers highly regarded, advanced research degrees in international law. SCIL members are active in the supervision of research students in these programs, across a wide range of research topics.

For program and application information, please refer to the Law School’s web page for those interested in pursuing postgraduate research.

To identify a prospective supervisor, please refer to the University of Sydney’s ‘Research Supervisor Connect’ portal.

International law mooting

SCIL members have supported students’ successful involvement in a range of international law mooting competitions. General information on moots open to student participation within the Law School and beyond may be accessed via the Sydney University Law Students Society (SULS) website. Students who enrol in the International Moot unit (LAWS3489/5189) may prepare for a range of competitions including the following. For further information and Faculty contact persons relating to any one of these moots, please contact the SCIL Administrator.

Jessup International Law Moot

Sydney Law School students compete annually in the world's most prestigious international law mooting competition, the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition, and have done so with great success. Sydney Law School teams became world champions in Washington DC in 1996, 2007 again in 2011. The Jessup Moot provides competitors with an unparalleled opportunity to work closely in a team to represent fictional States in a hypothetical case before the International Court of Justice on cutting-edge areas of international law.

More Information on Jessup

Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot

The Willem C. Vis Moot and the related Vis Moot (East) seek to foster the study of international commercial law and arbitration for resolution of international business disputes through its application to a concrete problem of a client. The moot involves questions of contract – flowing from a transaction relating to the sale or purchase of goods under the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) and other uniform international commercial law – in the context of an arbitration pursuant to specified Arbitration Rules.

ELSA Moot Competition on WTO Law

The ELSA Moot Court Competition (EMC²) is a simulated hearing in the World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement system. Competitor teams represent both the Complainant and Respondent parties to the Case by presenting oral submissions in front of a Panel. EMC² Panels consist of WTO law experts and are referred to as Panellist. The Competition provides students with the opportunity to put theory into practice, thereby complimenting their formal legal education.

Jean-Pictet International Humanitarian Law Moot

The Jean-Pictet International Humanitarian Law Moot is a week-long training event on international humanitarian law (IHL) intended for students. Competitors participate in a series of simulations and role plays, allowing the jury of the Competition to evaluate teams’ theoretical knowledge and practical understanding of IHL.

Tokyo Negotiation and Arbitration Moot

The Tokyo Negotiation and Arbitration Moot enables students to compete internationally in simulated bilateral negotiation and arbitration of a hypothetical scenario. Students may register in either the English-language or Japanese-language section of this moot. For more information, see here.

World Human Rights Moot Court Competition

The World Human Rights Moot Court Competition affords undergraduate students from tertiary institutions around the world the opportunity to tackle a moot problem focused on human rights issues, based on the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other applicable human rights instruments. Written memorials are evaluated by a team of eminent human rights experts. The best fifteen teams from the five regions recognised by the United Nations will be selected to attend the final rounds in Pretoria, South Africa in December.

Careers in international law

There is a large number of websites through which information can be obtained about career prospects and pathways in the international legal field, and global internship opportunities. Following is a very small selection of these resources: