Center for Study of Humanitarian Law

The Center for the Study of Humanitarian Law (CSHL)

The Center for the Study of Humanitarian Law (CSHL) at the Royal University of Law & Economics (RULE) as established in August 2014. CSHL is an independent and non-monitoring university-based research center attached to the English Language Based Bachelor of Law program at RULE.

CSHL is committed to providing high quality education in human rights and international humanitarian law to Cambodian students. PACE students have been supporting course curricula development to be used by RULE academics, along with institutions throughout Cambodia and ASEAN.

The National Institute of Law and Economics (RULE) was first established in 1948. It was the first post-secondary level institution in Cambodia. In 1953, RULE began a three year, Bachelor of Laws degree program which was later incorporated into the University of Phnom Penh as the Faculty of Law and Economics in 1957. RULE now offer their Bachelor of Laws in English language, enabling them to participate on the global stage in events such as the Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition.

Find out more on the RULE website. You can also view their videos here.

This work will contribute to the development of quality human rights education in Cambodia by providing teaching staff with substantive reading materials, discussion and practical examples on human rights issues in greater detail. The Handbook is based on interactive and participatory learning approaches. The students have been tasked with collecting resources and providing summaries of recent and landmark judgments of human rights courts at international, regional and national level that are relevant to specific topics listed in the handbook. This work contributes to the development of quality human rights education for Cambodian students and staff by providing substantive reading materials, discussion and practical examples on human rights issues in greater detail.

Students with interest in law, especially human rights are well suited to CSHL activities. Students who are particularly interested in humanitarian issues within South East Asia should apply. Students typically work individually on projects and may be invited to participate in a mooting class. Students need to be self-motivated, flexible and independent.

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 

The CSHL at the Royal University is situated just outside the city center of Phnom Penh. Students placed at CSHL have the opportunity to spend time at Cambodian university, meeting local laws students and staff, immersing themselves in this unique environment.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital, 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 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, pools, gyms, cocktail bars, clubs and a diverse food scene to suit every budget.

*Students may get to travel to historic Angkor Wat in Siem Reap during their activity for an additional cost.

Previous Activities

LawA student supported the moot team at CSHL with their memo preparation to represent Cambodia in the 2018 Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court competition in Geneva. The team received Third Best Memo among forty teams qualifying to plead in Geneva.
LawA student supported the development of a Human Rights Law Teaching Handbook based on the summaries of the judgments of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). The work contributed to the legacy of the ECCC by providing law students, academics and practitioners with an overview of the decisions of the ECCC, thereby enabling them to better transfer the lessons from these decisions to issues in criminal procedure, to the domestic system.
LawA student wrote and edited three modules for the teaching handbook designed to teach Human Rights Law in Cambodian universities.

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.


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.

  • Accommodation
  • Pre-departure training
  • In-country orientation
  • In-country management
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance for activity duration
  • Field trips
  • 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

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

Student experiences - Anmol Singh

What do you study and where did you go on your PACE International activity?

I study a combined degree of Bachelor of Applied Finance with Laws. I was placed with the Centre for the Study of Humanitarian Law which is a part of the Royal University of Law and Economics (RULE), located in Cambodia.

What was your role or project at your host organisation?

I was a research assistant, tasked with writing modules for a Human Rights Law Teaching Handbook.

What attracted you to the PACE International program?

I was attracted to the PACE International program as it offered international work experience and the opportunity to expand my understanding of other cultures.

What advice would you give a student who is thinking of applying for a PACE International activity?

It is most certainly an extremely valuable experience and I would highly encourage fellow students to apply. It is an experience that will not only boost career opportunities, but one that will facilitate positive character development.

What was the best part of your PACE International experience?

The highlight of my experience was the opportunity to meet and work with new people. The warmth I received from my fellow colleagues at the organisation made me feel at home in a completely foreign environment and is something I will always cherish.

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