Migration and Refugees

Operation "Sovereign Borders": the High Court of Australia Considers Implications of International Law

Introduction

On January 28, 2015, the High Court of Australia (Australia’s highest court) issued a decision examining the question of where to take a person who flees a country for fear of persecution and is intercepted in international waters by national authorities. The judgment arose from operation “Sovereign Borders,” Australia’s latest effort to stem the flow and resultant loss of life of people travelling without authorisation to Australia by sea.

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19
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12
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Stephen Tully and Michael Smith
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