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

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

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

Recent Article by Associate Professor Savitri Taylor in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

Savitri Taylor La Trobe Law School Immigration

La Trobe Law School academic, Associate Professor Savitri Taylor, recently published ‘The Myth of Transit: the Making of a Life by Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Indonesia’ in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies with Swinburne researchers Robyn Sampson and… Continue Reading


Public Event: ‘Legally Defensible? A Legal Examination of Refugee Policies and Associated Implications’

On 18 February 2016, at La Trobe Law School’s City Campus, the Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) will be hosting Labor MP Anna Burke and Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young as they discuss their parties’ refugee policies and plans. Joining them in discussion… Continue Reading

Mandatory Detention of Children is Cruel and Immoral

Minoli Perera La Trobe Law School Human Rights Refugees

By Minoli Perera The Australian government’s policy of mandatory detention for boat-arriving asylum seekers has been characterised by commentators as a human rights violation. Under the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) there is no time limit on detention and as a… Continue Reading

Yet Another Hurdle For Asylum Seekers

La Trobe Law migration Fahira Zaima

By Fariha Zaima Recently the Australian government has implemented a politically pragmatic but inherently unfair process which makes it much more difficult for asylum seekers to gain access to protection visas. On 5 December 2014, the Australian government passed the… Continue Reading

Stopping the boats – History Repeating? The crisis that seems all too familiar

La Trobe Law migration Meredith Jones

By Meredith Jones   Photos: Atlantic Ocean, August 1944 – Off the Indonesian coast, January 2015 The end of World War II saw the largest population upheaval in European history. Millions of Jewish and other minorities fled Europe or were… Continue Reading

Savitri Taylor on ‘All Being Equal’ Podcast

On 1 September 2015, Associate Professor Savitri Taylor, La Trobe Law School, was interviewed on an episode of the ‘All Being Equal’ podcast. Savitri talked about: [Australia’s] obligations as a nation toward asylum seekers and refugees, and what it means when we don’t fulfil them. The… Continue Reading