Australia's Asylum Policy in International and Historical Context 

The Center for Australian, New Zealand and Pacific Studies  

cordially invites you to  

Australia's Asylum Policy in International and Historical Context

For more than two decades Australia has taken an increasingly harsh approach toward asylum seekers who arrive by boat. Today, the extra-territorialised detention of children, women and men on remote islands, and the forcible turning back of asylum seekers at sea, has created what the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein has called ‘a chain of human rights violations’.  This presentation will place Australia’s asylum policy within its international and historical context, including the nation’s refugee law obligations, the UNHCR third-country resettlement framework, and debate over future policy alternatives.  


 by Dr. Claire Higgins


Dr. Claire Higgins is an historian and Senior Research Associate at the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW Sydney. She is a Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar at Georgetown’s Institute for the Study of International Migration, and the author of ‘Asylum by Boat: origins of Australia’s refugee policy’ (NewSouth, 2017). 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
5:00 PM

McGhee Library
Intercultural Center (ICC)

Georgetown University
37th & O Streets, NW
Washington, D.C. 20057

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