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Migration and international law: the Pacific Solution Mark II

Chapter


Abstract


  • International law binds states to specific commitments,

    and the principle of pacta sunt servanda ('agreements

    must be kept' or 'treaties shall be complied with')

    underpins international legal cooperation. In this

    case study we explore Australia's international legal

    obligations to refugees and asylum seekers under the

    1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees

    ('Refugee Convention'). As a signatory to the Refugee

    Convention, Australia has obligations that compel it

    to defend the human rights of vulnerable populations.

    So how and why do some of those seeking asylum in

    Australia find themselves imprisoned in detention

    camps on the Pacific Island state of Nauru, some 4000

    kilometres away?

Publication Date


  • 2013

Edition


  • 3

Citation


  • Hawksley, C. & Georgeou, N. (2013). Migration and international law: the Pacific Solution Mark II. In C. Hawksley & N. Georgeou (Eds.), The Globalization of World Politics: Case Studies from Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific (pp. 63-66). Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780195525663

Book Title


  • The Globalization of World Politics: Case Studies from Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific

Start Page


  • 63

End Page


  • 66

Place Of Publication


  • Melbourne

Abstract


  • International law binds states to specific commitments,

    and the principle of pacta sunt servanda ('agreements

    must be kept' or 'treaties shall be complied with')

    underpins international legal cooperation. In this

    case study we explore Australia's international legal

    obligations to refugees and asylum seekers under the

    1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees

    ('Refugee Convention'). As a signatory to the Refugee

    Convention, Australia has obligations that compel it

    to defend the human rights of vulnerable populations.

    So how and why do some of those seeking asylum in

    Australia find themselves imprisoned in detention

    camps on the Pacific Island state of Nauru, some 4000

    kilometres away?

Publication Date


  • 2013

Edition


  • 3

Citation


  • Hawksley, C. & Georgeou, N. (2013). Migration and international law: the Pacific Solution Mark II. In C. Hawksley & N. Georgeou (Eds.), The Globalization of World Politics: Case Studies from Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific (pp. 63-66). Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780195525663

Book Title


  • The Globalization of World Politics: Case Studies from Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific

Start Page


  • 63

End Page


  • 66

Place Of Publication


  • Melbourne