International Programs - Opportunity for Unpaid Volunteers

The Federal Court is an international exemplar of judicial development and, as Australia's largest superior court, has dedicated significant resources over the years to facilitating cooperation between superior courts around the world. The Court's objective in collaborating with other jurisdictions is to promote respect for the rule of law and provide judicial development assistance, particularly in the Asia and Pacific region.

The International Programs Unit manages the Court’s international relations portfolio and is currently seeking volunteers to be involved in its work at the Court’s Principal Registry in Sydney for a minimum of two days a week for a period of approximately three months. The volunteer program provides an opportunity for university students to gain practical experience in judicial development projects and to meaningfully learn about the processes involved in implementing such projects within the professional environment of the Court. The volunteer roles are unpaid and applicants are expected to meet all their own costs.

Volunteers will be mentored by experienced International Programs staff and will have the opportunity to learn and gain skills in:

  1. Researching various aspects of international judicial development and international projects;
  2. Drafting  briefings, training and other preparatory materials;
  3. Day-to-day logistical and administrative arrangements for international projects and visits;
  4. Internal and external communication relating to the functions of projects, including newsletters, proposals and reports; and
  5. Collecting, analysing and reporting on project data.

Students will be selected on the basis of the following attributes and skills:

  1. Knowledge/interest in international law, judicial reform and/or international development;
  2. Ability to work collaboratively with members of a team, as well as undertake independent learning;
  3. Excellent time management skills, and the ability to prioritise and manage multiple tasks;
  4. Ability to follow procedural guidelines and attention to detail for effective work performance;
  5. High level oral and written communication skills; and
  6. Demonstrated workplace professionalism.

Application Process

To submit an application, please forward a resume (max. 2 pages) and cover letter (max. 2 pages) describing your skills and experience relevant to the role to Susan Jenkins, Officer International Programs, at Please provide your availability in your cover letter and ensure your application is in either Word or PDF format. All applications must be received by close of business on Friday 10 January 2020.

Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview. Interviews will be conducted in January 2020. For further enquiries, contact Susan Jenkins by email.