Best Practices for Refugee Status Determination: Principles and Standards for State Responsibility

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Monash University Prato Centre, Italy

29 and 30 May 2008

The two-day conference sought to examine and reassert the responsibilities of states to asylum seekers under international human rights law and under the Refugee Convention was organised by Professor Susan Kneebone, Deputy Director, Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Monash University, Melbourne  (photo right) and Professor France Houle, Faculty of Law, University of Montreal, Canada (photo left).

Other speakers present at the conference were Professor Deborah Anker, Harvard Law School; Professor Francois Crepeau, University of Montreal; Dr Michelle Foster, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne; Dr Maria-Teresa Gil-Bazo, Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle, UK; Professor Elspeth Guild, Kingsley Napley, UK and Centre for Migration Law, University of Nijmegen; Rodger Haines QC, Refugee Status Appeals Authority, NZ; Professor Delphine Nakache, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta; and Rick Towle, UNHCR, Australia.

This forum provided an exchange of practical experiences from different jurisdictions and provided guidance to emerging jurisdictions such as South Africa, Israel and African nations.

Conference papers will be edited by France Houle and Martin Jones, published in a special edition of 'Refuge: Canada's Periodical on Refugees' (Centre for Refugee Studies, York University).

Unedited presentations from the conference are available here.