Course Title: Business and Human Rights Clinic

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Business and Human Rights Clinic

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Dr Shelley Marshall

Course Coordinator Phone: -

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 13

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Assumed Knowledge: Becoming a Lawyer in Globalised World; Law, Business and Human Rights

This is a limited-intake course. You will be selected through a competitive-selection process conducted via expressions of interest to be reviewed for suitability by faculty. The selection process may include interviews.

Course Description

The course provides a unique practical experience for you to be placed or work with an external “client” organisation and assist them with business and human rights projects.  You will undertake practical work – either placed with the client organisation or independently.

Under supervision,  you will apply your  legal knowledge and skills to assist the organisation on Business-and-Human Rights related work.  You will be exposed to real BHR issues with contemporary importance and impact.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

CLO1: Interpret a client brief or instructions, and devise and present a response that addresses the overt and underlying needs and objectives of the client organisation.

CLO2: Apply initiative and judgment in planning, problem solving and decision-making to address a contemporary Business and Human Rights-related concern for a client organisation.

CLO3: Research using legal skills and knowledge to achieve the objectives set by the client organisation.

CLO4: Present the results of the project work in a compelling and engaging manner.

CLO5: Critically reflect on group dynamics, the relationship between practitioners and client organisation and the Business and Human Rights field.

CLO6: Collaborate as part of a team to present your ideas to peers and clients in an ethical and professional manner.

Overview of Learning Activities

Seminars at start and end of semester and work arrangements with client organisation/s (a minimum of 80 hours).

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through MyRMIT Studies\Canvas. The lecture notes and workshop notes are posted on Canvas.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. Visit the RMIT library website for further details. Assistance is available online via our chat and email services, face to face at our campus libraries or via the telephone on (03) 9925 2020.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period. 

Overview of Assessment

The assessment tasks, their weighting and the course learning outcomes to which they are aligned are as follows:

Assessment Task 1: 20%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3

Assessment Task 2 50%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6

Assessment Task 3: 30%
Linked CLOs: 3, 4, 5, 6

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.