In this talk Professor Seuffert will address issues for refugees who are sexual minorities in Australia’s detention centres in the broader context of International Law and Australia's refugee law and policy. She will also touch on a current project analysing refugee claims based on transgender status in the new process using the Australian Administrative Tribunal. Seuffert considers these issues as part of a broader project on international law, national identity and sexual orientation, which is titled ‘Haunting National Boundaries: Refugee Law and Policy, Sexual Orientation and Asylum Seeking’, in which she asks what a more concerted focus on colonial genealogies of ‘sexuality’ can bring to:
1) analysis of the stories of origin of international law;
2) the operation of concepts such as ‘discretion’ and ‘credibility’ in the jurisprudence determining refugee claims; and
3) critical understandings of Australia’s controversial asylum seeker detention policies and practices.