Every year, the International Commission of Jurists Victoria invites a one person from the Asia-Pacific region to complete a one-month fellowship based in Melbourne.

The ICJV Fellow is a lawyer from the Asia Pacific region working in an area related to human rights and the rule of law. The fellowship provides the successful candidate with an opportunity for a productive exchange of knowledge between Australia and their home jurisdiction.

The Fellow will gain a unique exposure to the Victorian litigation system including opportunities to:

  • engage with Judges in the Federal Court of Australia, Supreme Court and County Court;
  • engage with barristers who work in areas relevant to the Fellow’s professional and/or research interests;
  • participate in other engagements tailored to accommodate the particular professional and/or research interests of the Fellow, including for instance, with Community Legal Centres and other Community Society Organisations; and
  • observe trials and other proceedings across all courts in Victoria;
  • attend advocacy training with the Victorian Bar Reader’s Course for new barristers.

The Fellow will be invited to share their work and/or research interests to Australian legal practitioners in formal and informal settings, for the purpose of enabling constructive dialogue and developing mutual awareness of common challenges.

The Fellow will be invited to speak at the annual ICJV dinner about the rule of law and human rights challenges in their home jurisdiction, and their own experiences and challenges working in these areas.


2021: Unfortunately, because of COVID-19, ICJ Victoria was not able to offer a Fellowship. We will be accepting applications for the 2022 Fellowship.

2020: Unfortunately, because of COVID-19, ICJV was not able to offer a Fellowship.

2019: Collin Andrew, barrister, Malaysia

2018: Ranitha Gnanarajah, Manager, Legal Unit, Centre for Human Rights and Development, Sri Lanka

2017: Mabel Leong, Solicitor, Malaysia

2016: Alghiffari Aqsa, Director, The Jakarta Legal Aid Institute (LBH Jakarta), Indonesia


The Fellowship includes:

  • Roundtrip airfare, accommodation and per diem;
  • Costs of visa application;
  • Medical insurance for the time spent in Australia;
  • Office space for work and/or research and writing;
  • Roundtable discussions with a variety of stakeholders in relevant areas of law;
  • Individual and small-group engagement as part of the Chambers of a Federal Court and County Court judge;
  • Participation in relevant portions of the Victorian Bar Reader’s advocacy course;
  • Ticket to the annual ICJV fundraising dinner.


Eligibility criteria:

  • Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English;
  • Candidates must have a Bachelor of Laws or other qualifying law degree from a recognised tertiary institution;
  • Candidates must be admitted to legal practice in their home country;
  • Candidates must have at least 3 years of experience as a lawyer;
  • Candidates must have a relevant professional experience and/or research interest in an area of law that impacts upon human rights or the rule of law.


Applications must include the following:

  • Cover letter;
  • Resume or curriculum vitae;
  • Verified academic transcript of a qualifying law degree;
  • Proof of admission and eligibility to practise;
  • Certificate of English proficiency such as IELTS or proof of tertiary education completed in an English-speaking university;
  • The names and contact details of two legally qualified referees;
  • A personal statement in English of 500 words or less. The personal statement should address the candidate’s professional and/or research interests in human rights and the rule of law, how this relates to the work they are doing or plan to do in their home jurisdiction, and how this fellowship will help them advance their professional goals in their home jurisdiction.

Short-listed candidates will be selected for interview by teleconference. All candidates will be notified when a final decision has been made.

Complete applications are to be sent to:

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