Protection from Refuge: The Role of Courts along the Refugee Journey

Presented by ANU College of Law

Part of the ANU College of Law Research Seminar Series 2020 series

This presentation addresses one of the most significant problems facing the refugee protection regime: that the places in which people in need of international protection seek refuge are often as dangerous and bleak as the conditions they fled. In response, many people travel within and across borders in attempts to secure what they believe to be places of genuine sanctuary. While there is scholarship on these journeys, there is little investigation of the role litigation plays in the process. This is despite refugees increasingly turning to courts to ask for protection, not from persecution in their home country, but from a place of ostensible 'refuge'.

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