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International Refugee Law: Yesterday, Today, but Tomorrow?

Professor Guy Goodwin-Gill 

14 September

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The international refugee law regime is currently facing fundamental challenges.We are witnessing unprecedented levels of forced displacement, and yet many developed states continue to implement a raft of policies, including securitisation, restrictions on access to asylum, exclusion, interception, and external controls, that threaten not only the scope of protection, but also the very foundations of the regime.

In this 2016 Sir Kenneth Bailey Memorial Lecture, Professor Guy Goodwin-Gill reflects on the past and future of international refugee law.

The Sir Kenneth Bailey Memorial Lecture honours the Fourth Dean of the Melbourne Law School, Kenneth Hamilton Bailey, who played a significant part in Australia's contribution to the formation of the United Nations. Kenneth Hamilton Bailey was born in Melbourne in 1898, was awarded the Rhodes scholarship for Victoria in 1919 and graduated Oxford with a degree in Law and Arts. Bailey returned to The University of Melbourne in 1924, where he became a Professor of Jurisprudence, and later, a Professor of Public Law. When he succeeded Harrison Moore in 1928, Sir Kenneth Bailey became Melbourne’s first Australian-born Dean of Law. The Sir Kenneth Bailey Memorial Lecture was inaugurated at the Commemoration of the Centenary of the 1899 Hague Peace Conference on 19 February 1999 at the University of Melbourne.

This event is co-hosted by Melbourne Law School and the Melbourne Journal of International Law.

  • Professor Guy Goodwin-Gill                      

    Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, Emeritus Professor of International Refugee Law, University of Oxford

    Guy GoodwinGill is Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, Emeritus Professor of International Refugee Law, University of Oxford, and a Barrister at Blackstone Chambers, London, where he practices in public international law generally, and in human rights, citizenship, refugee and asylum law. He has worked with the United Nations, including twelve years with UNHCR, and was President of the Media Appeals Board of Kosovo from 2000–2003. He is the Founding Editor of the *International Journal of Refugee Law* and has written extensively on refugees, migration, international organisations, elections, democratisation, and child soldiers.