Unintended Consequences: The impact of migration law and policy
Friday, 25 October 2013 - 9:00am - Saturday, 26 October 2013 - 5:00pm
Migration law regulates the movement of people across borders.
Despite such regulation, the increased size of migration in the globalised world has brought with it new, unexpected societal problems (often of a transnational nature), ranging from ‘brain drain’ and the impact of bringing in skilled workers to humanitarian issues such as terrorism, human trafficking, people smuggling.
The growth of legal rules that interact with the operation of migration law in each state also gives rise to challenging legal questions that were not envisaged by those who drafted the relevant legislation or international treaty, such as the refugee status of those who lost their land due to the rising sea-level or those who have been coerced into the commission of war crimes or crimes against humanity.
The consequences of migration law & policy traverse migration law and human rights law to impact in unexpected areas such as education and employment.
This conference explores those unintended consequences of domestic migration policy, legislation or the application of relevant treaty obligations. In this conference, internationally eminent scholars, emerging scholars, and legal practitioners working in the field of migration law gather to discuss legal challenges that arise from the unintended consequence of migration law and policy and the potential and limit of migration laws in addressing those new challenges.
Hosted by the ANU Migration Law Program and the Law Council of Australia this conference will suit everyone interested in the ramifications of migration law and policy, particularly legal scholars and legal practitioners working in the field of migration law.