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Refugee Rights and Policy Wrongs

A Frank, Up-to-Date Guide by Experts

Jane McAdam (author) Fiona Chong (author)

ISBN: 9781742236520

Publication Date: Jul 2019

Format: Paperback

Everyone has the right to seek asylum under international law, but public discourse in Australia about refugees is dominated by scare-mongering and political point-scoring. Jane McAdam and Fiona Chong provide a wholly updated account of Australian refugee law and policy.
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Everyone has the right to seek asylum under international law, but public discourse in Australia about refugees is dominated by scare-mongering and political point-scoring. The government seeks to ‘stop the boats' whatever the cost, be it human, economic, moral or legal.

In this new book, Jane McAdam and Fiona Chong find that Australia's policies towards refugees have hardened since their previous bestselling book was published five years ago. Now, Refugee Rights and Policy Wrongs provides a wholly updated account of Australian refugee law and policy.

Clearly and carefully, they explain who a refugee is, what rights refugees have under international law, and whether Australia's policies on offshore processing, detention, boat turnbacks and so on violate Australia's obligations under international law. The book also outlines what a human rights-based protection framework might look like and how Australia could show greater global leadership on refugee issues, so as to expand the protection space available to refugees in the Asia-Pacific region.

McAdam and Chong trace the ways in which draconian domestic laws enacted over recent years blatantly contravene international law –obligations that Australia has voluntarily signed up to. People seeking asylum, especially those held indefinitely on Manus Island and Nauru, have been broken as a result. The crucial information and depth of understanding this book offers has never been more urgent.

Key focal points:
  • Refugee Rights and Policy Wrongs is the most current book on the topic, and includes the so-called medevac legislation that became law on 1 March 2019.
  • Includes full discussion of more recent developments such as Operation Sovereign Borders, with its focus on boat turnbacks, which are shrouded in secrecy.
  • Covers the issue of whether refugees can bring their cases to Australian courts under the provisions of international law.
Pages 256
Dimensions 210 x 135
Date Published 30 Jul 2019
Publisher NewSouth Publishing
Subject/s Central government policies   Constitutional & administrative law   International humanitarian law   Refugees & political asylum  
Jane McAdam is Scientia Professor and Director of the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW. She has served as an expert adviser to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

Fiona Chong is a lawyer and was recently a Human Rights Fellow in the Master of Laws program at Columbia University.

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