A Settlement, not a Solution.

By Sarah Yigit The Nauru and Manus Island offshore detention centres have been at the cornerstone of continuous controversy. A class action brought against the Australian Commonwealth on behalf of 1923 asylum seekers and refugees detained on Manus Island has… Continue Reading

Associate professor Savitri Taylor: The International Governance of Forced Migration

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Recently, La Trobe Law School’s Associate Professor Savitri Taylor published a chapter in a book titled, “The International Governance of Forced Migration” in A. Burke and R. Parker (eds) Global Insecurity: Futures of Global Chaos and Governance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)… Continue Reading

The 20 year queue: Family reunion for “genuine” refugees unlikely

By Vanessa Bacchetti and Kobra Moradi Imagine being told by the Government that you must wait 20 years to see your family. This happened to 22 year old Ali, a Syrian refugee. His story was told recently by Shen Narayansamy… Continue Reading

Family Reunion for Refugees in Australia: Restrictive laws and policies

PHOTO: by Abdul Karim Hekmat in the Guardian article: “Life and death on a bridging visa” (13 April 2016)

By Vanessa Bacchetti and Kobra Moradi Refugee Family Separation When refugees flee conflict or persecution in their home country, family members are often left behind or separated by borders or entire continents. The experience of displacement and resettlement involves a… Continue Reading

Suspected War Criminals in Australia: Law and Policy

The La Trobe Law School warmly congratulates law academic Ms Pascale Chifflet on her recently published article “Suspected War Criminals in Australia: Law and Policy” in the Melbourne University Law Review with Gideon Boas.[1] The current conflicts in Syria and… Continue Reading

Offshore Detention Crisis Highlights the need to Ratify OPCAT

By Thomas Weston Week after week, Australians are confronted by tragic scenes in the media that expose the inhumanity of Australia’s policy of mandatory offshore detention for boat arrivals without a valid visa. A 23-year-old Iranian man named Omid recently… Continue Reading

How Working with Asylum Seekers broadens our Legal Education

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By Rose Clayton In October 2015 I started volunteering in the Law Program of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. I avidly followed the plight of refugees in the news but I needed to physically do something about an issues I… Continue Reading

La Trobe Law School offers New Subject: Refugee Law in Context

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Refugee Law in Context is a new Masters of Law subject being offered by La Trobe Law School in 2016. It is being taught by Associate Professor Dr Savitri Taylor, who has been researching and publishing in the area for 25 years… Continue Reading

Visiting Scholar Dr Ridwanul Hoque Interviewed in Development and Cooperation

Dr Ridwanul Hoque is a visiting scholar at La Trobe Law School in 2016. Originally from the Law School of the University of Dhaka Bangladesh, Dr Hoque has been recently interviewed in the German Monthly E-Paper Development and Cooperation (Issue:… Continue Reading