The Castan Centre for Human Rights Law presents

The High Court and Refugee Policy: Implications and International Comparisons

14 September 2011
Held at
Monash University, Lecture Theatre L1 (Basement level), Faculty of Law, Building 12, Wellington Road, Clayton Campus


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This seminar discussed the decision of the High Court of Australia on the so-called 'Malaysian solution' ('M70'). The speakers, from the Faculty of Law and Faculty of Political Science at Monash University addressed both the legal and political implications of that judgement. In particular, the seminar discussed the importance of Australia's international obligations under the 1951 Refugee Convention, comparisons with regional arrangements in the European Union and the political ramifications of the judgement.


Dr Susan Kneebone is a Professor and a member of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law in the Faculty of Law, Monash University.  Her teaching and research interests are International Refugee Law, Forced Migration and Citizenship and Migration Law. She has published a number of books and articles on refugee law, forced migration and human trafficking.

Maria O'Sullivan is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Law, Monash University and an Associate member of the Castan Centre for Human Rights. She teaches Administrative Law and International Refugee Law. Maria is the author of a number of international and national publications on refugee law, including European asylum law and policy.

Professor James Walter is Professor of Political Science in the School of Political and Social Inquiry. He has broad interests in Australian politics and history. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and of the Royal Society of Arts and Manufactures (UK). Professor Walter has published widely on Australian politics, history, biography and culture.