Footing the Bill: Refugee-Creating States' Responsibility to Pay

By Guy S. Goodwin-Gill and Selim Can Sazak
First published in Foreign Affairs, 26 July 2015

Nearly a century has passed since the League of Nations appointed the first High Commissioner for Refugees, and the international community’s treatment of such displaced persons has come a long way since.

Experts are being edged out of the refugee review system. Why?

By Dr Claire Higgins
First published in The Guardian, 17 July 2015

Experienced decision makers are essential to our justice system. For asylum seekers, they can mean the difference between life and death. News that a number of experienced decision makers from the Refugee Review Tribunal and Migration Review Tribunal have not been re-appointed...

How much power is too much when dealing with asylum seekers

By Gabrielle Appleby an Claire Higgins
First published in The Age, 25 June 2015

The Australian government's attempt to give unprecedented powers to the private operators of Australia's immigration detention centres looks unlikely to pass the Senate without significant change.

Why we need a protection toolbox to assist people displaced by the impacts of disasters and climate change

By Professor Jane McAdam
First published in World Economic Forum Agenda, 19 June 2015

Last year, media headlines across the world signaled the arrival of the world’s first ‘climate change refugees’. From a legal perspective, the headlines were wrong: the family concerned – from the low-lying Pacific country of Kiribati – were unsuccessful in their bid to be recognized as refugees fleeing from the impacts of climate change on their environmentally fragile island.

Could the Government be held liable for people smuggling?

By Tamara Wood
First published in The Drum, 16 June 2015

Recent allegations that payments were made to people smugglers to return a vessel carrying 65 asylum seekers to Indonesia raise the possibility that Australian officials may have engaged in the act of people smuggling itself. If true, the Australian Government might be accused of the very "evil" it claims to be trying to prevent. And recent allegations that Labor also paid people smugglers would come under scrutiny as well.


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