Legal Aid of Cambodia (LAC)

Legal Aid of Cambodia (LAC)

Legal Aid Cambodia (LAC) aims to provide quality legal aid, along with legal and human rights education and outreach for all Cambodians. LAC advocates in order to ensure that access to justice, the promotion and respect of the rule of law and human rights, and judicial reform are continued to be upheld within Cambodia.

Students may have opportunity to attend and experience a local Khmer court, network across other human rights organisations and meet and work with local media.

Find out more information on the LAC website.

An understanding LAC's motivation to continually establish and uphold the pillars of justice in a country still coming to grips with a formative notion of legal rights is also essential. LAC advocates in order to ensure that access to justice, the promotion and respect of the rule of law and human rights, and judicial reform are continued to be upheld within Cambodia. LAC act as a point of reference for other legal organisations, supporting and strengthen the legal industry through providing up-skill workshops and training events.

Students typically work on projects and tasks individually with the support of their supervisor. Students need to be self-motivated, flexible and independent. LAC regularly hosts other international university interns.

Accommodation: Typically hotel twin-share accommodation.

Activity Timing*: Winter Vacation (June - July), Session 3 (December - February)

Activity length: 4-6 weeks

PACE Units*: LAWS4052, LAWS8099

*Please note: unit availability, timing and activities are dependent on partner needs and are subject to change. Not all units are offered each session.

Location and highlights 

LAC's office is situated in the north of Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s busy capital. Phnom Penh sits at the junction of the Mekong and Tonlé Sap rivers, with an established riverfront that is a hive of tourist activity. The city has many historical sites that are easily accessed by tuk tuks, including the Royal Palace, Central Market, Wat Phnom, Toul Sleng and the National Museum to name a few. Spotted around the city are Buddhist temples (wats) along with an alluring and abundant cafe culture, clubs, bars and a diverse food scene to suit every budget.

Activities at LAC typically include the opportunity to observe several Cambodian courts and undertake field trips.

Previous Activities

AreaDescription
LawFreedom of Expression Project - Students supported LAC staff in developing legal training to journalists, media, and other local NGOs. Students conducted legal research, developed training materials and other educational materials for broader dissemination. Students assisted in coordinating staff training workshops and performed demographic analysis on volunteer information which informed decision making and marketing planning for future volunteer groups.
LawSupporting Communal Land Registration Project -  Students conducted research into land registration within Cambodia, with specific aim of how to empower indigenous communities within the registration process. Students assisted LAC training team to prepare extensive training materials covering General Legal Aid; Land Law and Environmental Law; Child Justice; Women Justice; Legal Support for Human Rights Activists and NGO’s / CBO’s under (CCSS) Cambodia Civil Society Strengthening Project.

This decision reflects a similar decision that has been made in respect to Macquarie International student travel.

This means that all PACE International in-country activities (including student-nominated activities) in Session 1 and Winter Vacation will need to be cancelled.

Our students’ health and safety is our primary concern at PACE International.

We understand this news will be quite disappointing and some of you may have queries or concerns regarding your unit enrolment.  Please contact our teams at PACE International, or your appropriate Faculty, if you would like to discuss this further.

Eligibility

PACE International applications are open to all currently enrolled students at Macquarie University. To be eligible you must:

  • Have completed one session at Macquarie University
  • Be enrolled – or eligible to enrol - in a PACE unit as listed in the Partner search on the PACE International website
  • Hold a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) on or above 60* (LAWS units require a LAWS WAM of 70* or above).
  • Be assessed as suitable using the PACE International Selection Criteria

* If you do not hold the minimum required WAM you can apply for special consideration in your application form.

Please note that placements are allocated based on number of places available at the partner organisation, students’ skill set, student preferences and unit requirements. While we aim to place all eligible students, some placements are very limited, and applications will be considered competitively. Please also note that activities and partners are subject to change.

In assessing your suitability, PACE International will review all components of your application including your application form, academic transcript, CV, and referee report. We may also seek advice from your home Faculty, Student Wellbeing, and/or Macquarie International.

If your WAM is under 60 (or under 70 for LAWS), or if your transcript lists Academic Caution or Disciplinary Issues, you will need to complete a special consideration form alongside your application to provide further information.

In some cases, we may require additional information to properly consider your suitability and may invite you to either submit additional supporting documents or to attend an interview with PACE International staff.

Before I apply

  • Use the PACE International Partner Search to learn more about our opportunities
  • Receive academic advice to see how a PACE International activity will fit into your degree
  • Check you meet the eligibility requirements
  • View the PACE International information session online or visit one of our drop-in sessions
  • Read through the Application Top Tips for advice on submitting your best application
  • Review the Example Application Form to plan how you will answer application questions
  • Refer to the Ethical Volunteering Guide for more information about ethical community engagement and how PACE International works internationally.

How do I apply?

  • Submit an online application form during the key opening dates and apply through the Current Opportunities page.
  • Select your preferences for host organisations (if applicable). Please research our partner organisations before you apply.
  • Attach to your online application a copy of your curriculum vitae (CV), your academic transcript and the contact details of your referee

An automatic reference check will be sent to your referee on submission of your application. Once you have submitted your application, you will be notified via email on the outcome of your application.

Application Timing

SessionApplicationsOverseas Activity
Winter VacationFebruaryJune-July (4 weeks)
Session 2AprilSeptember (2-4 weeks)
Session 3JulyJanuary (4-12 weeks)

Activity Cost

PACE International managed activities incur an activity cost. The Activity Cost is dependent on the location, work requirements, time frame and duration of your activity. Additional costs, not included in your activity cost, are paid for directly by you. Financial support is available through grant funding.

COVERED IN ACTIVITY COSTS
  • Accommodation
  • Pre-departure training
  • In-country orientation
  • In-country management
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance for activity duration
  • Field trips
NOT INCLUDED IN ACTIVITY COSTS
  • International airfares
  • Visa (where applicable)
  • National Police Checks
  • Unit tuition
  • Vaccinations (where applicable)
  • New/renewed passport (where applicable)Personal travel insurance and all related expenses for personal travel and leisure activities
  • Incidental living and travel costs (e.g laundry, transport, souvenirs)

Funding options

There are a range of funding options available to assist you with the associated costs of a PACE International activity. For more information on eligibility and application requirements see the Funding tab on the PACE International website.

Contact us

Email: paceinternational@mq.edu.au
Phone: +61 2 9850 4473
Instagram: @mqpace

Make an appointment or attend a drop-in session: If you would like to speak to a PACE International staff member, please email us at paceinternational@mq.edu.au.

Student experiences - Barnaby Mcdonald

"My experience in Cambodia has far exceeded initial expectations.  The experience that I have gained from working in a vastly different workplace, particularly from a cultural perspective, has developed my broader education and expanded my professional skills-set...  I have highly valued my time abroad, and gained a new appreciation of the law as it operates between nations." – Barnaby Mcdonald

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