Book Launch: International Refugee Law and the Protection of Stateless Persons
Room 920, Level 9
Melbourne Law School
185 Pelham Street
Join the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness in launching this new publication, co-authored by Michelle Foster (Melbourne Law School) and Helene Lambert (University of Technology Sydney/University of Westminster Law School).
The book will be officially launched by Louise Aubin (Regional Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Canberra).
International Refugee Law and the Protection of Stateless Persons examines the extent to which the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees protects de jure stateless persons. While de jure stateless persons are clearly protected by the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons, this book seeks to explore the extent to which such persons are also entitled to refugee status. The questions addressed include the following: When is a person 'without a nationality' for the purpose of the 1951 Refugee Convention? What constitutes one's country of former habitual residence as a proxy to one's country of nationality? When does being stateless give rise to a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons specified in the 1951 Refugee Convention and/or UNHCR mandate? What are the circumstances under which statelessness constitutes persecution or inhuman or degrading treatment? How are courts assessing individual risk or threat to stateless persons?
The book draws on historical and contemporary interpretation of international law based on the travaux préparatoires to the 1951 Refugee Convention and its antecedents, academic writing, UNHCR policy and legal documents, UN Human Rights Council resolutions, UN Human Rights Committee general comments, UN Secretary General reports, and UN General Assembly resolutions. It is also based on original comparative analysis of existing jurisprudence worldwide relating to claims to refugee status based on or around statelessness. By examining statelessness through the prism of international refugee law, this book fills a critical gap in existing scholarship.
Ms Louise Aubin, Regional Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Canberra
Ms Louise Aubin
Regional Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Canberra
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Louise Aubin is the Regional Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Canberra, with geographical responsibility for the region, which includes Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Building on the tradition of cooperation in the region, Louise’s role is to work with governments and other partners to increase understanding and support for refugees and asylumseekers, and stateless persons. Prior to commencing her assignment in Canberra, Louise was the Deputy Director (Protection Operational Support Service) in the Division of International Protection at UNHCR’s Headquarters in Geneva. She oversaw the development of policies and operational guidance to UNHCR field operations on a range of protection issues including child protection, sexual and genderbased violence, and gender equality, with a particular focus on UNHCR’s emergency protection response and internal displacement. Louise is a Canadian lawyer. Since joining UNHCR, she has served in a number of refugee and internal displacement operations including Central African Republic, Rwanda, Guinea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Bangladesh, in addition to legal and advocacy work in Canada and in France.