Four law students from UPNG complete legal internship programme


FOUR law students from the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) completed an eight-week legal internship programme (LIP) at the Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) in Port Moresby on Friday.
“We are thankful to Larry Agdop, Dempstar Kiasaka, Marlyna Kispe and Rebekah Watinga for their contribution to the work of TIPNG since they started last December,” TIPNG chief executive officer Arianne Kassman said.
“They have been exemplary young Papua New Guineans in their conduct and commitment.
“It is our hope that the skills they have learned in the TIPNG office will inform how they as legal professionals contribute to the fight against corruption in Papua New Guinea.”
According to a statement from TIPNG, the annual programme by TIPNG, in partnership with the UPNG, began in 2017.
Through the LIP, four students in their third and fourth year of study at the UPNG school of law are engaged for eight weeks to develop their professional skills and assist people in Papua New Guinea to take action against corruption.
The four interns in the 2020-21 LIP intake primarily assisted with TIPNG’s anti-corruption help desk which offers free and confidential advice to victims and witnesses of corruption in PNG.
While TIPNG cannot investigate, arrest or prosecute cases of corruption, through the help desk matters can be referred on behalf of clients to responsible agencies for assistance.
In addition to the help desk duties, the LIP interns assisted with legislative review, policy briefs, clerical tasks, events preparations and stakeholder meetings while with TIPNG.