Closing the Chapter on Child Detention: Developments in Normative and Legal Frameworks

Room 920
Melbourne Law School
185 Pelham Street


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Presented by Dr Robyn Sampson, Senior Advisor and Research Coordinator with the International Detention Coalition

This seminar will provide an update on the progress in ending child immigration detention internationally. Human rights experts around the world have now reached a consensus that child immigration detention is child rights violation and never in a child's best interests. States are starting to respond to this higher threshold by introducing laws that prohibit the detention of children and expanding alternatives. However, challenges remain on ensuring all children are protected from this harmful and unnecessary violation of their rights, especially in Australia. Practical steps for moving this work forward will be discussed.

About the Refugees and Forced Migration Seminar Series

Across semester two, the Melbourne Social Equity Institute and Researchers for Asylum Seekers (RAS) are partnering to present a fortnightly seminar series on a range of topics related to forced migration, refugees and people seeking asylum.

Events are held between 1pm and 2pm on Tuesdays at Melbourne Law School, 185 Pelham Street, Carlton.

All events are free and open to all. Bookings are not required. For further information email

Semester 2 Program

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1 August

Room 224

Behind “Behind the Wire”: Sharing New Perspectives
on Mandatory Detention

Michael Green and André Dao

15 August

Room 224

Nowhere People Have a Right to Somewhere:
Statelessness and the Law

Michelle Foster

29 August

Room 920

“Boat People” and Borders: Changing Political Debate
on Asylum Seekers

John Van Kooy

12 September

Room 920

Songs of Celebration and Suffering: Music and Refugees
in Australia

Samantha Dieckmann

3 October

Room 223

From Human Trafficking To “Smuggled” Refugees:
A Case from North Korea

Jiyoung Song

17 October

Room 920

Rising Seas: Climate change, Displacement and

Celia McMichael

31 October

Room 920

Closing the Chapter on Child Detention: Developments
in Normative and Legal Frameworks

Robyn Sampson