A European Refugee Law: Blessing or Curse for the 1951 Convention?

Guy S Goodwin-Gill

The following are remarks delivered as part of a University of Lausanne Centre de droit comparé, européen et international (CDCEI) event on 16 June 2021.

Parliament House

The Migration Amendment (Clarifying International Obligations for Removal) Act 2021: A case study in the importance of proper legislative process

On 13 May 2021, the Migration Amendment (Clarifying International Obligations for Removal) Act 2021 (Cth) (‘Clarifying International Obligations Act’) was passed by both houses of federal Parliament, with bipartisan support. Its enactment was met with critique from refugee sector organisations, and defences from parliamentarians who voted for the law.

Federal Court awards $350,000 to unlawfully detained asylum seeker, opening door to further claims

In a significant judgment, Federal Court judge Geoffrey Flick on Monday ordered the Australian government to pay A$350,000 in damages to a Iraqi asylum seeker who was found to have been unlawfully held in immigration detention for over two years.

With billions more allocated to immigration detention, it's another bleak year for refugees

Refugees and asylum seekers will take little comfort from the 2021–22 budget. Resettlement places remain capped, while spending on offshore processing, immigration detention and deterrence measures remains high.

Rethinking international protection: Rescue at sea as a model?

The daily tragedies that disfigure the Mediterranean, notwithstanding the views of the Human Rights Committee and the better judgments of the European Court of Human Rights, raise serious doubts about the traditional oversight mechanisms as effective means of ensuring State compliance with the right to life.


The Kaldor Centre plays a vital role in developing legal, sustainable and humane solutions for displaced people around the world.