What to know how Australia's refugee policies stack up against our international law obligations? Kaldor Centre Director Professor Jane McAdam and Fiona Chong’s new book Refugees: Why Seeking Asylum Is Legal and Australia’s Policies Are Not (UNSW...

Join us for a presentation by Tom Porteous, Deputy Program Director, Human Rights Watch.

30 April 2015, 1.00-2.00pm
Location: UNSW Law, G23
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The AHRCentre and the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law hosted a free public seminar on Thursday 23 April to discuss the key findings of the report and the questions it raises. A podcast from the seminar is now...

60 years ago, Australia ratified the Refugee Convention. It was, in fact, this act which brought the treaty into force. Since that time, Australian governments have oscillated in their responses to the reception, treatment and protection of...

The Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, in partnership with Australia21, the Centre for Policy Development (CPD), have launched the report 'Beyond the boats: building an asylum and refugee policy for the long term'....

For more than a decade, Montagnard (or ‘Degar’) asylum seekers from Vietnam have fled into neighbouring Cambodia to escape persecution by the Vietnamese authorities. Since October 2014, there have been increasing reports of Montagnards fleeing...

Understanding the international legal obligations that Australia has to refugees and asylum seekers is crucial when it comes to separating myths from facts in contemporary Australian debates. In this video series Professor Jane McAdam goes behind...

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Jane McAdam tells international media why Australia's approach to asylum boats should not be followed in Europe

20/04/2015

'As Europe struggles to deal with a surge in migrants pouring across the Mediterranean, Australia has gone nearly 18 months with virtually no asylum-seeker boat arrivals and no deaths at sea.  But observers warn that Australia's hotly contested policy of tu

ANU Climate Change Institute presents 'Climate Change and Migration: Prospects and Policy'

24/03/2015

On the 24 March 2015, the ANU Climate Change Institute hosted 'Climate Change and Migration: Prospects and Policy’. Kaldor Centre Director, Professor Jane McAdam presented alongside Professor Jon Barnett from Melbourne University.

The Forgotten Children: Australia’s treatment of asylum seeker and refugee children on the mainland and offshore

The AHRCentre and the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law hosted a free public seminar: The Forgotten Children: Australia’s treatment of asylum seeker and refugee children on the mainland and offshore.

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Global challenges to refugee protection: lessons from the Middle East and Europe

Join us for a presentation by Tom Porteous. Tom Porteous is the Deputy Program Director at Human Rights Watch and is based in Washington DC. He oversees Human Rights Watch’s work on refugees globally, and also supervises all of Human Rights Watch’s work on the Middle East and Europe.

ThursdayApr 302015

How our refugee policy has changed since Fraser

Dr Claire Higgins
27/03/2015

Published in The Drum.

The plight of refugees is a complex issue for governments around the world. Yet the essential choices they face are straightforward. As the late Malcolm Fraser told me in 2010, his government had two: "Say yes. Say no."

Saying "yes" meant responding to the then Indochinese refugee crisis with humanity and equanimity. It meant introducing a formal refugee policy with quality refugee resettlement programs and services.

It's been 10 years, how do we still have children in detention?

Madeline Gleeson
12/02/2015

Published in Sydney Morning Herald.

"Australians don't need a team of experts or dramatic media stories to convince them that detention centres are no place for children to grow up." These words are from the introduction to the Australian Human Rights Commission's report into children in immigration detention – 10 years ago.

Who is legally responsible for abuse of asylum seeker children?

Madeline Gleeson
12/02/2015

Published in Crikey.

The Australian Human Rights Commission’s report into children in immigration detention is out, and the findings are clear. The prolonged and mandatory detention of Australia’s “forgotten” asylum seeker children causes “significant mental and physical illness and developmental delays, in breach of Australia’s international obligations”.

The inevitable next question is: who is responsible?

Advisory Committee member Nick Greiner calls on the government to scrap mandatory detention of children

16/02/2015

Former NSW Liberal Premier and Kaldor Centre Advisory Committee member, Nick Greiner, has criticized the Abbott government’s ‘abhorrent’ practice of locking up children in immigration detention, saying Australia should join the rest of the civilised world a

Advisory Committee member Prof Guy S Goodwin-Gill: is it legal to strip dual nationals of citizenship?

17/02/2015

Professor Guy Goodwin-Gill was interviewed by Fran Kelly on RN Breakfast about the legality in international law of deprivation of citizenship and the law on statelessness.

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