Alice Tay Lecture on Law and Human Rights, 2013

Alice Tay Lecture on Law and Human Rights, 2013

Professor Satvinder Juss
School of Law, King’s College London

When are refugees 'Unworthy' of admission?

When is a refugee 'unworthy'? The question had acquired heightened importance in the febrile atmosphere of post-9/11. New international law instruments have been drawn up to deal with the 'War on Terror'. Traditionally understood concepts of crimes against peace, war crimes, or crimes against humanity are in a state of flux. The law is worryingly moving towards a concept of 'unworthiness for asylum'. This lecture considers the latest international law position, with a reference to the case law of Australia, and asks whether refugee law as we have known it is now dead.


Dr Satvinder Singh Juss is a Professor of Law at King's College London, UK, a Barrister-at-Law of Gray's Inn, London, UK, and a former Human Rights Fellow at Harvard Law School, Massachusetts, US. Professor Juss is a human rights expert focusing on policy-oriented work. He contributed as a renowned expert at the invitation of the Home Affairs Committee to a pioneering seminar on Human Trafficking at the Houses of Parliament on 14th May 2009, which brought together the Chairs of all the Home Affairs Committees in Europe, in a new initiative to harmonize standards and procedures in this field. He was also Consultant in April 2009 to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in a program funded by the British Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, on issues of expulsion, re-admission and voluntary return of migrants. In 2010, he advised the Government of Bermuda on legislation.

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