The refugee, the person behind the mask: Human rights and security in the battering waves

The Castan Centre for Human Rights Law presents:solon solomon

Solon Solomon
King's College London Dickson Poon School of Law

Tuesday 5 July 2016
Held at Monash University Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne


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Using an imaginary line starting in Melbourne, crossing the Middle East and Israel and ending at the Aegean Sea and Greece, the lecture will try to sketch the profile of the refugee, particularly the boat refugee. The refugee is first and foremost a human being, therefore the refugee issue is first  and foremost a human rights law issue. On this account, the lecture will demonstrate why security-oriented rhetoric is doomed to failure. At the same time, acknowledging the fact that security considerations can ultimately affect questions of refugee status, the lecture will consider how the European  Courts have addressed this security parameter.


Currently at King's College London Dickson Poon School of Law, Solon Solomon is former member of the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) Legal Department in charge of international and constitutional issues. Holder of the George Weber award from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, his first book on the justiciability of international disputes has been  cited before the Permanent Court of Arbitration and has been reviewed in a number of academic outlets. His second co-edited book on the application of international humanitarian law in judicial and quasi-judicial bodies, has been presented inter alia in The Hague by Judges Sir Christopher Greenwood and  Silvia de Gurmendi, the British Judge to the International Court of Justice and the President of the International Criminal Court respectively.

Articles of his have been published in a number of academic journals and he has also media presence in outlets such as The Times of London, der Tagesspiegel, Hurriyet, Haaretz and the Jerusalem Post. He has taught and rendered lectures, presentations and seminars in a number of academic institutions,  including the University of Cambridge, Melbourne Law School and the University of Geneva.

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