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Brisbane: Lecture: Moving Beyond Good Intentions: The Road to Refugee Rights
23 September 2015 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Griffith Law School Public Lecture
Moving Beyond Good Intentions:
The Road to Refugee Rights
- When: Wednesday 23 September, 2015
- Time: 6 to 7.30 pm (light refreshments from 5.30 pm)
- Where: Banco Court, QEII Courts of Law Complex, 415 George St, Brisbane
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About this seminar
Despite nearly 4 million Syrian refugees finding some measure of protection outside their country, recent responses to the influx into both Lebanon and Turkey suggest states will not honour the internationally established rights of refugees when they perceive their most basic interests to be at risk.
In truth, the UN’s Refugee Convention is arguably more attentive to state interests than any other human rights treaty — a reality often misunderstood. However confidence to remain open to the arrival of refugees will be undermined until and unless the world community establishes a practical system to share the burdens and responsibilities of refugee protection.
About the speaker
Professor James Hathaway is a leading authority on international refugee law. His work is regularly cited by the most senior courts of the common law world. Currently Hathaway is the Director of Refugee and Asylum law at the University of Michigan. He is also a visiting professor at a number of prestigious Universities both in the US and abroad.
Hathaway’s The Law of the Refugee Status is one of the leading studies of the refugee definition. Another notable work is The Rights of Refugees under International Law which is the first comprehensive analysis of the human right of refugees set by the UN Refugee Convention.