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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 our Legal Officer (Clinics) Jennifer Nugent.
Summer Refugee Protection Law Clinic 2022
Open to university law students who are based in Hong Kong SAR over the summer, the Human Rights 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 take place from 1 – 26 August 2022. Applications are now open. Please send your CV and a cover letter to Jennifer Nugent by 22 May if you wish to apply. You could find more information about the programme here.
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 Programme: Supporting Refugees & Other Forced Migrants
The Young Advocates Programme (YAP) is a unique opportunity for high school students to gain hands-on experience in a non-profit setting.
Our YAP 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 YAP 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 YAP 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 programmes in 2022; one in the spring and two in the summer. Places are limited to six Young Advocates per session to allow us to offer a tailored programme to each student.
- Spring YAP: 4 Mar – 15 Apr (2 weeks)
- Summer YAP 1: 20 Jun – 8 Jul (3 weeks)
- Summer YAP 2: 11 – 29 Jul (3 weeks)
Applications are now open! The deadline to apply to Summer YAP 1 & 2 is 1 May 2022.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis; we strongly recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible due to the high level of interest and limited spaces available.
The deadlines for this year’s programme have passed. If you wish to check about last-minute places, please contact our Legal Officer (Clinics) Jennifer Nugent.
Justice Centre was delighted to host our first Mock Trial in October 2021. This is a new initiative to deliver interactive asylum law training to secondary and high school students.
Students were trained and mentored by our staff and partners. They then applied their knowledge, acting as experts or lawyers in a mock trial – a simulation of the Torture Claims Appeal Board/ Non-refoulement Claims Petition Office.
Participants were ‘judged’ by an esteemed panel of experts on asylum law in Hong Kong SAR.
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!