In conversation with . . . David Manne

Date & time

6.30–8pm Friday 1 May 2015


Law Theatre, ANU College of Law, Building 5, Fellows Road, The Australian National University


David Manne, Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre
Chaired by Linda Kirk, Migration Law Program, ANU College of Law


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David Manne is a human rights lawyer and the executive director of the Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre in Fitzroy, Melbourne. The Centre helps 5000 people per year and plays a crucial role in human rights and advocacy throughout Australia – helping people to rebuild their lives through permanent protection. 

As a first generation Australian, David has personal experience of migration and the refugee narrative. He has worked in migration and refugee law for almost twenty years. He has been called a ‘thorn in the side of the government’ for his successful advocacy on behalf of asylum seekers and refugees that has resulted in successful High Court challenges. David has achieved significant outcomes for his clients challenging government policies and legislation through his advocacy. By focusing on Australian domestic migration legislation, his legal team highlight the intersection of international human rights law with the policies and legislation implemented in Australia.

These cases involve the predicament of a person asking the court whether the government has the power to do what it seeks to do. Each case has a very personal impact on the individual, and can impact wider groups of asylum seekers and raises serious legal questions surrounding policy governments implement. By taking a strategic approach to the law, David has succeeded in exposing how Australian law responds to a persons claim for protection and how Australians international obligations are incorporated into the domestic legislation.

David Manne has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the Law Institute of Victoria Paul Baker Prize for Administrative and Human Rights Law, the Law Institute President’s Awards (2006 and 2011), and was shortlisted for the Australian Human Rights Commission Human Rights Medal in 2011.

Linda Kirk is the Sub-Dean of the Migration Law Program at the ANU College of Law. Prior to her appointment at The Australian National University in 2014, she was a Senior Member of the Migration Review Tribunal and the Refugee Review Tribunal from 2009-14. From 2002-08 she was a Labor Senator for South Australia and the Deputy Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Migration. She is the Chair of the Australasian Chapter of the International Association of Refugee Law Judges and a Visiting Fellow of the Refugee Law Initiative, School of Advanced Study, University of London. Linda is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Juridical Science degree at Monash University and is writing her dissertation on refugee status determination procedures.  

Presented by the ANU College of Law Migration Law Program.

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