Learn with us
Justice Centre is dedicated to training and supporting future generations of refugee protection practitioners.
Students on our programmes receive tailored training on refugee law and have the opportunity to apply their knowledge in a practical setting. They develop essential professional skills and use these to make a difference.
Justice Centre’s clinic programme allows students to work on asylum cases within a nascent and fast-developing system. Students learn about the existing legal protection framework in Hong Kong SAR, and develop their legal skills in a real practice setting where they are supervised to handle their own caseload. They also have the opportunity to assist in community projects to raise awareness of issues affecting refugee and migrant communities.
Through our Refugee Protection Law Clinic Students are guided to take a community-centred approach to legal work, learn the value of pro bono practice, connect with practitioners and experts, and develop practical skills to work with marginalised communities and contribute to a welcoming and inclusive society in Hong Kong SAR.
The work of our clinic students have contributed to access to protection and redress for refugees and forced migrants, and the creation of helpful precedents. Graduates of our clinics have gone on to become refugee lawyers, representing protection claimants in Hong Kong SAR’s asylum screening process, and working on public interest law issues around the world.
We have more than a decade of experience in delivering clinical legal education programmes. We have successfully run clinical legal education programmes with academic partners including the Chinese University of Hong Kong SAR, the University of Hong Kong SAR, the University of Cambridge and the Queensland University of Technology.
In 2020, we adapted our programme to offer remote placements and facilitate ongoing engagement with our international education partners.
If you are a university and would like to partner with us to deliver an impactful clinical legal education programme to your students, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer Refugee Protection Law Clinic
Open to university law students who are based in Hong Kong SAR over the summer, the Law Clinic empowers students to make a difference to the lives of people seeking asylum in Hong Kong SAR.
Our Summer Refugee Protection Law Clinic will not take place this year as we are currently reviewing the content and delivery of the programme.
We believe that young people can play a big role in building an inclusive society. Our education programmes encourage secondary or high school students to consider the wider issues facing the communities they live amongst.
Young Advocates Summer Camp:
Supporting Refugees & Other Forced Migrants
The Young Advocates Summer Camp (YASC) is a unique opportunity for high school students to gain hands-on experience in a non-profit setting.
Our YASC is based on our clinical legal education programmes. Through the intensive traineeship, Young Advocates gain practical experience in all areas of our work, from the provision of legal, counselling and social welfare support to refugees to community empowerment initiatives. They have the opportunity to provide support on real asylum cases, including sitting in on interviews and conducting research to help our lawyers in preparing legal submissions.
Each Young Advocate is guided to design and develop their own personal interest project, which we encourage to be implemented in real life after completion of the programme. Past projects have included setting up groups to help source free eye care for refugees and coordinating basketball teams among refugee children.
Young Advocates receive one-to-one personal coaching and mentorship from our experienced and passionate team of staff lawyers, helping students develop important skills, knowledge, and experience as they begin applying for university.
Who can apply?
The YASC is open to students aged between 15 – 18.
Young Advocates should have a keen interest in refugee and migrant issues and diversity and inclusion. The YASC is aimed at students interested in a career in law, psychology and social sciences but it also allows those who are still deciding on potential study options to explore their interests.
Programme dates and application process
We are running three sessions in summer 2023. Places are limited to six Young Advocates per session to allow us to offer a tailored programme to each student.
- Summer YASC 1: 19 Jun – 7 Jul (3 weeks)
- Summer YASC 2: 10 Jul – 28 Jul (3 weeks)
- Summer YASC 3: 31 Jul – 18 Aug (3 weeks)
Young Advocates interested in applying should make individual applications by sending the completed application form to email@example.com. Please refer to our information sheet for more details.
- The deadline to apply for YASC 1 is 29 May 2023
- The deadline to apply for YASC 2 & 3 is 19 June 2023
Following a successful first edition in 2021, Justice Centre is proud to again organise our two-day courtroom simulation for high school students “Lawyer for a Day – Mock Trial Experience” on April 3 (Monday) and 6 (Thursday) this year. Our Mock Trial Programme delivers an engaging, interactive asylum law training to high school students who gain invaluable insights into the legal system and rule of law in the Hong Kong SAR.
Selected students will be trained and mentored by our internationally qualified lawyers. The programme will run for two full days, including a full-day training workshop where high school students will be introduced to international law, asylum law, legal research, and court room advocacy techniques. The Mock Trial itself will take place on the second day where high school students will take part as ‘Lawyers’ or ‘Expert Witnesses’ in a Torture Claims Appeal Board (TCAB) simulation. The trial will be ‘judged’ by an esteemed panel of experts in asylum law in Hong Kong.
Who can apply?
The Mock Trial Experience is open to secondary students currently in Form 4 (the equivalent of Grade 10 or Year 11) or above based in Hong Kong. Successful applicants should have a keen interest in law, refugee issues, and/or public policy but are not required to have prior public speaking, mooting or advocacy experience. However, as places are limited, there will be a selection process to assess the motivation and eligibility of each applicant.
Programme dates and application process
Applications are now open!
The deadline to apply to Mock Trial Experience 2023 is March 13 (Monday). Interested students should make individual applications by sending the completed application form to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please refer to our information sheet for more details.
There are lots of ways to introduce the work of Justice Centre to your school. Whether you would like one of our experienced lawyers or a refugee leader to deliver a presentation on refugee issues or partner with us for a CAS project, we’d love to hear your ideas!
For teachers and students who want to learn more about helping refugees in Hong Kong SAR, we would be happy to support you. Please take a look at our School Pamphlet for an overview of how school communities could learn with us!