The Human Rights Clinic undertakes projects to advance the rights of asylum seekers and refugees, with a particular focus on Australia and the Asia Pacific region. It has undertaken a diverse range of ground-breaking projects with partner institutions including Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia; the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights; the National Children’s and Youth Law Centre; UNSW FASS; and UNICEF, including a number of projects focused on improving guardianship for Unaccompanied Minor Asylum Seekers (UMAS) in Australia and the Asia Pacific. Examples of recent projects include:
Leading coalition to reform Australia’s guardianship model for unaccompanied child asylum seekers
The Human Rights Clinic led a national coalition devising a new model for guardianship of unaccompanied minor asylum seekers in Australia. This has involved participation in a range of key meetings, advising stakeholders, and developing model frameworks underpinned by rigorous research.
First comprehensive report on guardianship rights of unaccompanied child asylum seekers in Australia, Nauru and PNG
Human Rights Clinic students drafted the first comprehensive report on the rights of unaccompanied child asylum seekers in Australia, Nauru and PNG, with respect to guardianship. The report addresses aspects of the regional resettlement arrangement which accord with/ conflict with Australian domestic legislation governing guardianship of unaccompanied minor asylum seekers, as well as international human rights obligations of Australia, Nauru and PNG regarding guardianship of UMAS.
Report proposing a holistic regional framework for guardianship of unaccompanied child asylum seekers in South East Asia and Australia
Human Rights Clinic students drafted a foundational report, Improving Guardianship Arrangements for Unaccompanied Minor Asylum Seekers in South East Asia and Australia: Towards a Holistic Approach, that identifies a model regional framework in relation to the guardianship of unaccompanied minor asylum seekers. The report was written in collaboration with Law students at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, for the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights. It identifies legislative, policy and support mechanisms that accord with international law and are evidenced-based from global best practice models.
Submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention 2014
In partnership with UNSW FASS and the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law. Human Rights Clinic students drafted a submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention 2014. The submission focused on Australian guardianship law and policy.