This page contains analysis and resources on two upcoming international summits on refugees: the United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants on 19 September, and the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees hosted by US President Barack Obama on 20 September.
This page will be regularly updated in the lead up and aftermath of the summits.
Protection of children
Children face particular risks of harm and warrant special protection by the law because of their age and associated vulnerability. In addition, certain children face additional vulnerabilities as a result of being asylum seekers, refugees, stateless, in detention and/or unaccompanied. With each additional source of vulnerability, international law guarantees further protections to children which Australia, as a signatory to the key international treaties, is bound to uphold.
This project explores the obligations owed to children asylum seekers and refugees, both within Australia and in offshore processing, and within detention and in the community. It compares regional practices with international standards for child protection, and pays particular attention to how the requirement to take the best interests of the child as a primary consideration is interpreted and applied in Australia and elsewhere.
Project director: Madeline Gleeson
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