Likim Ng

PhD Candidate
LL.M. (UHelsinki), LL.B (UTS), B.Bus (UTS)
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Likim is a PhD candidate at the ANU College of Law, Australian National University, where she has taught in the areas of legal theory, critical legal theory and human rights law. Her research is supported by the Australian Government Research Training Program. She obtained a Masters in International and Comparative Law at the University of Helsinki where her thesis was accepted with Exceptional Praise (2013). During her PhD studies, she was awarded a visiting fellowship with a mobility grant scholarship to the Human Rights Institute of Åbo Akademi University, Finland. Prior to commencing at the Australian National University, Likim worked as a Judge's Associate at the Federal Circuit Court of Australia assisting Judge Street and Judge Driver to judicially review protection visa matters. Previously, she has worked as a legal intern at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Tanzania and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague. Her primary research area focuses on critical legal theory approaches to refugee law particularly the heightened security focus on the asylum procedure. Her PhD topic looks at the intersection between refugee law and international criminal law namely the exclusion clause of the Refugee Convention.


May-June 2018 Minority Research Profile and Human Rights Institute Visiting Fellow, Åbo Akademi University, Finland 

Significant research publications

Ng, Likim, 'Securitising the Asylum Procedure: Increasing Otherness through Exclusion', No Foundations- An Interdisciplinary Journal of Law and Justice, NoFo15 2018.

Recent news

Likim Ng's PhD thesis looks at the 'securitisation' of the asylum procedure
Likim Ng, Visiting Fellow at Åbo Akademi University, Finland

Upcoming events

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9.00AM to 5.00PM Seminar

The ANU contemporary critical theory group is hosting a one-day seminar exploring law, art, politics, and society in the 21st century. 

Past events

3MT Justine Poon speaking
11.00AM to 12.00PM Presentation
  • Likim Ng
  • Alice Taylor

The Three Minute Thesis is an international competition for higher degree research students to showcase their research.

Please note, only a small selection of recent publications and activities are listed below.


2018 Åbo Akademi University Research Mobility Programme Grant

2017 Australian National University Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship

2013 European Union Trainee Grant

2012 University of Helsinki Mobility Grant

2012 White and Case Grant Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition Finals

2009 Aarhus University International Student Travel Grant


Reviewer, The Migration Conference, 26-28 June 2018, Lisbon, Portugal

Books & edited collections

Ng, Likim: 'The transfer cases of the ICTR to the Republic of Rwanda: The challenges of implementing Rule11bis'. Listed in United Nations Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) Special Bibliography. MICT Library: 2015.


Refereed journal articles

Ng, Likim, 'Securitising the Asylum Procedure: Increasing Otherness through Exclusion', No Foundations- An Interdisciplinary Journal of Law and Justice, NoFo15 2018.

Conference papers & presentations

‘Securitising the asylum procedure through exclusion: a form of regenerating the European space’, Critical Legal Conference (Open University Via Skype, 6 September 2018).

Speaker at Refugee Law Panel, (Australian National University, International Law Society, 22 August, 2018.

‘Securitising the asylum procedure through exclusion’, Refugee Law Initiative Conference (University of London, London,  28 July 2018).

'The Impact of the 'Securitisation of Migration' on Refugee Law: the role of exclusion through Article 1F', The Migration Conference (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal 28 June 2018).

'Securitising the Asylum Procedure: Increasing Otherness through Exclusion', Pre-launch of Special Edition for No Foundations- An Interdisciplinary Journal of Law and Justice, (University of Helsinki, Finland June 2018).

'Securitising the asylum procedure through the application of the exclusion clause', Institute for Human Rights Research Seminar (Åbo Akademi University, Finland, 16 May 2018).

'Securitisation Of Refugees: A Discourse Analysis Of The Exclusion Clause', International Interdisciplinary Conference on Minority Studies with Women and Gender Studies Conference (Eastern Mediterranean Academic Research Center, Istanbul, 10 November 2017).


2017 ANU Higher Degree Research Forum Steering Committee

2018 ANU Seminar Series Steering Committee, ANU Humanities Research Centre

Past courses

2018 Leviathan, Art and Law: Constituting the Body Politic, PHIL2289, 3 Tutorials and 1 Guest Lecture: Sovereign Violence, State of Exception and Emergency Politics (5h), School of Philosphy, Australian National University

2018 Critical Legal Theory, LAWS4288, Guest Lecturer: Law, Force and the Violence (1h), College of Law, Australian National University

2018 Critical Legal Theory, LAWS4288, Guest Lecturer: Law, Sovereignty and the State of Exception (3h), College of Law, Australian National University

2017 Legal Theory, LAWS2249, Tutor for 3 classes (33h), College of Law, Australian National University

2017 Critical Legal Theory, LAWS4288, Guest Lecturer: Politics and Law (3h), College of Law, Australian National University

2017 International Law and Human Rights, LAWS4225, Guest Lecturer: Refugee Law (3h) College of Law, Australian National University


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Further information

Under the Refugee Convention, states can exclude asylum seekers from refugee status if they have committed international crimes. My PhD topic looks at how Article 1F otherwise known as the exclusion clause has the potential to take on the burden of a national security provision from other articles of the Refugee Convention. Unlike its intention to exclude those undeserving of international protection, the exclusion clause expands the intention of the article to exclude refugees for the purposes of national security reasons. In the securitisation process, a state of emergency is enacted where it is necessary to suspend law by going above the normal rules and realms of governing.

By analysing cases selected for their theoretical relevance, my project looks at how asylum seekers are presented as securitised by decision makers. For example, excluded asylum seekers are not granted an adequate fair trial process determining whether the international crime has been committed. Consequentially, from the lens of Agamben, the exceptional nature of the exclusion clause becomes the norm where other refugees also become increasingly excluded from the political community. They are unable to access rights such as being subjected to indefinite detention. We see this treatment also applied to 'genuine' refugees who have had an adverse security assessment made against them.


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