Professor Susan Kneebone, of Monash University, is a leading international scholar on refugee law, forced migration and human trafficking.

In this talk, Professor Kneebone will explain the coincidence between the Australian government’s ambivalent acceptance of its obligations under the Refugee Convention and its securitised approach to regional solutions for refugees under the Bali Process(that is,theConference on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime).  Australia is situated in the Asia and Pacific region which is host to some 10.6 million people ‘of concern’ to UNHCR, representing almost 30 per cent of the global refugee population. Yet few countries in the region are signatories to the Refugee Convention, and there is no effective regional engagement leading to durable solutions for refugees. Professor Kneebone will explain how the highly politicised discourse in Australia on refugees reflects a long-standing culture of border control and the ability to use the legal system with impunity.

Professor Kneebone'stalk is the third in the Michaelmas Term 2013 RSC Public Seminar Series, 'Refugees within the politics of mobility'.

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