Presentation on theme: "Careers in Human Rights By Eila Pourasgheri Lawyer – Women’s Legal Service Vic."— Presentation transcript:
Careers in Human Rights By Eila Pourasgheri Lawyer – Women’s Legal Service Vic
Women’s Legal Service Vic Statewide women-specific community legal service Specialise in issues relating to relationship breakdown and violence against women Assist over 3000 women a year with advice and representation Also law reform and legal education- WLSV advocates for change in the legal system to promote the rights of women WLSV empowers women by providing them with knowledge to better access the legal system
Overseas Volunteering Australian Youth Ambassador Program Lawyers without borders Australian Volunteers International You
Overseas Volunteering When - straight after Uni to launch your career in human rights or later on in your career? Where – A Local Organisation v. International Organisation (eg U.N) Why – what areas of Human Rights do you want to work in?
Networks as result of Volunteering Explore opportunities after your assignment ends Use it as a springboard to other work in that country Network and find other opportunities
Overseas Travel Insight into Human Rights aspirations of people overseas. Learn a language Experience of cultures relative to human rights Set up your own assignment
Practice of Law in Human Rights in Australia – Some Ideas Government, community organisations & statutory bodies (DOJ, Legal Community Centres, Legal Aid) Law firms – secondments to Human Rights organisations Refugee rights & rights of asylum seekers Women’s rights Family and children’s rights Labour rights Right of the accused to legal representation Native Title and the rights of indigenous people Environmental protection Rights of homeless people
Human Rights work in Australia – Some Ideas Policy, advocacy and law reform International development agencies Community development in Australia Research Legal Education (eg. University) Government (Vic: Department of Justice, Department of Premier and Cabinet; Cwlth: Attorney General’s Department, Dept of Foreign Affairs & Trade ) Institutes and Think Tanks Law Reform Commissions (Vic & Cwlth) Humanitarian response
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