Is Australia’s India travel ban legal? A citizenship law expert explains

There is a growing public and political outcry over the federal government’s sudden decision to ban Australians from coming home from India. But as everyone from Indian community leaders to human rights leaders, famous cricketers and Coalition MPs calls on the government to rethink the policy, is it legal?

Hidden from view: Refugees’ contributions to the development of early international refugee law and policy

A new examination of the historical record reveals that refugees and persons with lived refugee experience played a far more substantive role in the development of early international refugee law and policy than previously recognised.

How should Australia respond to asylum seekers arriving by sea during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Since the introduction of Operation Sovereign Borders in 2013, Australia has pursued a determined policy of intercepting and turning back asylum seekers trying to reach Australia by sea. Whether people are turned back at sea to their country of departure, or taken into Australian custody and then handed back directly to the authorities of that country, these practices have given rise to serious concerns about their compliance with international law.

Looking ahead: Human rights standards in the context of protection at sea

Five years on from the crisis in the Andaman Sea, it is glaringly evident that those who are compelled to seek safety and dignity through this maritime route face the same tragic combination of inaction and indifference today as was evident in 2015.

Refugee settlement in the age of COVID-19: embracing the challenges to futureproof support services

The COVID-19 pandemic led to a pause in the international resettlement of refugees, as announced by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in March. Although resettlement resumed in June, travel restrictions remain in place and resettlement numbers for the year remain extremely low.


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