Bitesize Lunchtime Talk: What is a refugee?

Past Event

Thursday, 22 June 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

What is a refugee?

With William Maley AM

Author William Maley is a Barrister of the High Court of Australia, vice-president of the Refugee Council of Australia, and the author of an illuminating new book that offers a guide to the complex idea of ‘the refugee’ and sets the current crisis within the wider history of human exile, injecting much-needed objectivity and nuance into the debate.

Arguing that Western states are now reaping the consequences of policies aimed at blocking safe and ‘legal’ access to asylum, What is a Refugee? shows why many proposed solutions to the refugee ‘problem’ will exacerbate tension and risk fuelling the growth of extremism among people who have been denied all hope.

William Maley is Professor of Diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy at the Australian National University. He has been a visiting research fellow in the Refugee Studies Programme at the University of Oxford, and is a fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and in 2002, was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).


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