The Himalayan Field School
23 April 2012
Professor Ben Saul discusses Sydney Law School's unique offshore program in Nepal, ideal for law students wanting careers in human rights and development.
"Development is an increasing area of practice for lawyers, with NGOs [nongovernmental organisations] ,the UN, or bodies like the World Bank," Professor
"But when it's taught in Australia, it's usually done in an abstract and theoretical way."
The Himalayan Field School consists of two-and-half weeks of study in Nepal, and Professor Saul says the initiative involves Australian and Nepalese law students working together, and the hope is that this will have a long-term benefit of strengthening legal education at the Kathmandu School of Law.
"It's a new model, where we combine traditional learning, through reading and lectures, with exposure to how the law actually plays out," he says.
The scheme is open to law students studying at any Australian University and the article also interviewed Alison Ewart a master's degree in international law at the University of NSW, who completed the course last year.
"One of the highlights was a visit to Melamchi, a rural village three hours outside of Katmandu," she says.
According to the article, course evaluation responses reveal almost all students who attended in its first two years are interested in pursuing a career in development or human rights.
For further information on the Himalayan Field School, visit theSydney Centre for International Law (SCIL).
Contact: Greg Sherington
Phone: +61 2 9351 0202