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In this second event to launch The Refugee in International Law (fourth edition), author Guy S Goodwin-Gill and contributing author Emma Dunlop delved into so many contemporary challenges for refugees and those who represent them. This webinar event was held on 9 November 2021 and chaired by Arif Hussein of the Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS). How is refugee status determined around the world amid changing social pressures? What are the trends in protection in different jurisdictions? What legal questions arise when restrictive policies mean that access to asylum is blocked, rights are curtailed, and people cannot access fair status determination procedures?

'Refugee protection is now and has always been in flux, and it may yet suffer reversals. But it will develop in a positive way and bring protection solutions to those in fear of persecution and other relevant harm only from work at the ground up.' – Guy S Goodwin-Gill  


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About the speakers

Professor Guy S Goodwin-Gill is widely recognised as having established the field of international refugee law with the first edition of The Refugee in International Law in 1983. Now at the Kaldor Centre, he is Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. His distinguished career has encompassed not only a pioneering contribution to the academy, but also to practice, through his advocacy in the courts, contributions to parliamentary and international committees, and his engagement with civil society and UNHCR. 

Emma Dunlop is a contributing author to the fourth edition of The Refugee in International Law. She is a PhD candidate at the Kaldor Centre, and plans to commence practice at the NSW Bar in 2022. She is a university medallist from the University of Sydney, and holds an LLM from New York University and a Master of Studies from the University of Oxford. 

Arif Hussein is a Senior Solicitor at the Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS). He has spent over eight years working with refugees and people seeking asylum both in Australia and in Australia’s Regional Processing Centre on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea. He is the recipient of a 2020 Churchill Fellowship. 

View recordings of our first book launch event, ‘The Refugee in International Law: Then and Now’, held on 29 September 2021, including Guy S Goodwin-Gill as well as co-author and Kaldor Centre Director Jane McAdam AO, in a conversation with Guardian Australia's Ben Doherty, chaired by Kaldor Centre Advisory Committee member Shukufa Tahiri. 

The Refugee in International Law (4th edn, Oxford University Press, 2021) is available for purchase the Oxford University Press website. You are invited to use the code ALAUTHC4 to receive a 30% discount.

The publishers say:, ‘This expanded edition factors in the challenges posed by the movement of people across land and sea in search of refuge, and their interception, reception, and later treatment. The overall aim remains … to provide a sound basis for protection in international law, taking full account of State and community interests and recognising the need to bridge gaps in the regime which now has 100 years of law and practice behind it.’  


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