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UN slams indefinite refugee detention as 'cruel', 'inhuman' and 'degrading'

Professor Jane McAdam talks to the ABC’s AM program about the UN Human Rights Committee’s finding that Australia’s treatment of refugees violates international human rights law (23 August 2013).

To listent to the interview and read the full transcript click here.

Federal-state reform: is Abbott offering the real deal?

Professor Andrew Lynch and Shipra Chordia write in The Conversation (21 August 2013).

Opposition leader Tony Abbott announced on the weekend that a government he leads would adopt a new approach to relations between the Commonwealth and the states. He has promised to meet with the state premiers just weeks after a Coalition victory. Abbott said:

International Law in the Era of Climate Change

Professor Rosemary Rayfuse's book International Law in the era of Climate Change receives recognition in the Oxford Journal of Environmental Law Volume 25, Issue 2.

Amendments could stymie PNG plan challenge

Professor George Williams writes in The Canberra Times (21 August 2013).

As expected, the Rudd government's PNG plan is being challenged in the courts. Refugee advocates will certainly be emboldened by their recent success in convincing the High Court to strike down Labor's Malaysian solution. The question now is whether this new plan will meet the same fate.

Prof Leon Trakman speaks at International Commercial Law and Arbitration Conference

Professor Leon Trakman will speak on 'Investor-State Arbitrations' at the International Commercial Law and Arbitration Conference in Sydney on 22-23 August 2013.

The Conference is presented by the Federal Court of Australia in conjunction with the Federal Litigation Section and the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia. It will feature speakers from around Australia and internationally with the keynote address to be given by the Hon. Robert French AC, Chief Justice of Australia who will speak on 'International Commercial Dispute Resolution and the Place of Judicial Power'.

Travel scholarships - Apply now!

The following Travel Scholarships are available for Semester 2 2014 and/or Semester 1 2015.

Applications close on 31 August 2013, so apply now!

Click on the links below for further information:

Refugee Law and the Protection of Children fleeing Conflict and Violence in Afghanistan

Professor Satvinder Juss presented a seminar at UNSW Law School on Tuesday 20 August entitled Refugee Law and the Protection of Children fleeing Conflict and Violence in Afghanistan. A bio of Professor Juss and an abstract of his seminar is below.

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Professor Jane McAdam speaks to ABC Tropical North about ‘climate migrants’.

Professor Jane McAdam speaks to ABC Tropical North (15 August 2013) about ‘climate migrants’.

To listen to this interview click here (ABC Tropical North is the provider of the audio).

Inefficient Coalition asylum policy will flood the courts

Professor Jane McAdam and Professor Ben Saul write in The Age (16 August 2013).

The Coalition's new policy on asylum will degrade administrative decision-making, undermine accountability of public power, and leave refugees in a permanent state of psychological and legal limbo. Like the Howard government policies it mimics, it will create enormous and expensive bureaucratic inefficiencies by flooding the courts with claims for judicial review, and forcing immigration officials to remake decisions about refugee status every few years.

Jeremy Bentham's Constitutional Code and the Politics of Information

Professor David Lieberman of University of California, Berkley presented a seminar at UNSW Law School on 13 August on 'Jeremy Bentham's Constitutional Code and the Politics of Information'.

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