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

New publication by Dr Savitri Taylor in Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal

Savitri Taylor La Trobe Law School Immigration

The La Trobe Law School warmly congratulates Associate Professor, Dr Savitri Taylor on her recent publication in the journal of Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal entitled “Growing Pains: The Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network at Seven Years” (S.Taylor, ‘Growing… Continue Reading

How Working with Asylum Seekers broadens our Legal Education

La Trobe Law School La Trobe University

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

LLS Staff Seminar #5: Refugee Boats in the High Seas: In Search of a Legal Framework

In the fifth La Trobe Law School Staff Seminar for 2016, Solon Solomon will discuss the challenges of the interception of refugee boats in the high seas from an international human rights perspective. Abstract The interception of refugee boats in… Continue Reading

Review of ALHR Refugee Forum at La Trobe Law School

La Trobe Law School Australian Lawyers for Human Rights

On 18 February 2016, students, academics and members of the legal profession came to La Trobe Law School’s city campus to listen to and ask questions of a panel put together by Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR). With the… Continue Reading

How did we get here? A reflection on 25 years of Australian asylum seeker policy

Savitri Taylor La Trobe Law School Immigration

By Savitri Taylor I’ve been thinking and writing about Australia’s asylum seeker and refugee policy for 25 years. When I started back in 1991, Labor was in government federally. Between then and now, I’ve seen both Labor and Coalition governments… Continue Reading

#ALHRQandA storifed!

On 18 February 2016, La Trobe Law School and Australian Lawyers for Human Rights hosted Labor MP Anna Burke and Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young as they discussed their parties’ refugee policies and plans. They were joined by legal community stakeholders and… Continue Reading

Wrap up of Refugee Protection in the Asia-Pacific Symposium

La Trobe Law School Refugee protection State Library Victoria

On September 1 2015, La Trobe Law School and La Trobe Asia co-hosted a public forum on refugee protection in the Asia-Pacific, featuring lawyers from Indonesia, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. The event’s panel included Mary Anne Kenny, a practising Australian… Continue Reading