State responsibility and borders

Curtin Detention Centre

Description

‘State responsibility’ refers to the legal rules setting out when States are accountable for breaches of their international legal obligations. These rules are particularly relevant when States act outside their national territories (or 'extraterritorially').  

This project considers the rules of State responsibility in the context of Australia’s cooperation with other countries in the region on asylum and refugee matters. It examines the types of conduct that is attributable to Australia, and whether such conduct could constitute a breach of Australia's international obligations. 

This project also considers how responsibility can be shared or divided between multiple countries. In particular, it examines the respective responsibilities of Australia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Cambodia and Indonesia towards asylum seekers and refugees in search of protection. 

Project Team

Project director: Madeline Gleeson

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