Refuge lost: asylum law in and interdependent world

Daniel Ghezelbash*

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As Europe deals with a so-called ‘refugee crisis’, Australia’s harsh border control policies have been suggested as a possible model for Europe to copy. Key measures of this system such as long-term mandatory detention, intercepting and turning boats around at sea, and the extraterritorial processing of asylum claims were actually used in the United States long before they were adopted in Australia. The book examines the process through which these policies spread between the United States and Australia and the way the courts in each jurisdiction have dealt with the measures. Daniel Ghezelbash’s innovative interdisciplinary analysis shows how policies and practices that ‘work’ in one country might not work in another. Offering guidance to policy-makers interested in preserving the institution of asylum in a volatile international and domestic political climate, this timely book also equips concerned citizens and non-government organisations to engage critically in the policy-making process.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge, UK
PublisherCambridge University Press (CUP)
Number of pages225
ISBN (Electronic)9781108349031
ISBN (Print)9781108425254, 9781108441414
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameCambridge Asylum and Migration Studies
PublisherCambridge University Press


  • asylum
  • Australia
  • Detention
  • human rights
  • international law
  • irregular migration
  • legal transfer
  • maritime interdiction
  • non-refoulement
  • Refugee
  • Unites States
  • boat migration


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