Professor Guy S. Goodwin-Gill
The Michael Whincop Memorial Lecture was inaugurated in 2004 to honour the contribution of the late Professor Michael Whincop made to the development of legal scholarship. The lecture series aims to celebrate Michael's commitment to research excellence and innovation at Griffith University.
About the lecture
Principles and Purpose - Stepping up to Refugee Protection in this Era of Displacement
The numbers of refugees and others displaced by persecution, conflict, human rights violations, climate change and environmental degradation may be higher than at any time since 1945, but many States are still confounded by how to respond. Too often, they are tempted by the arbitrary, and panicked into short-term policies which are costly in dollars and human terms, contribute nothing to solutions, and simply add to the trauma of dislocation. This talk takes lessons from history. It shows how responses based in experience and in principle - the values considered common to us all - can in fact be the basis for practical policies and programmes which not only ensure the protection of those in flight and the interests of host and transit communities, but also contribute to better cooperation and more humane management of the inevitable movements of people between States.
About the speaker
Guy S. Goodwin-Gill is currently Professor of Law at the University of New South Wales, and was Acting Director of the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law from 2017-2018. He is Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, Emeritus Professor of International Refugee Law, University of Oxford, and he practised as a Barrister at Blackstone Chambers, London, from 2002-18, specialising in public international law, human rights, citizenship, refugee and asylum law. He represented pro bono the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees as "Intervener' in a number of appeals in the United Kingdom House of Lords and Court of Appeal, was counsel for refugees and asylum seekers in the UK Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, and has acted also in the International Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights. He is an Honorary Associate of the Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford, and an Honorary Senior Fellow of Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne. He is the Founding Editor of the International Journal of Refugee Law (Oxford University Press) and was Editor-in-Chief from 1989-2001. He has lectured and published widely on, among other topics, human rights, the responsibility of States, statelessness, free and fair elections, child soldiers, child rights, and the international law governing the movement of people between States and the protection of refugees. He is also the author, with Professor Jane McAdam, of a leading treatise, The Refugee in International Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 3rd ed., 2007).
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