The Australian Government takes the position that it does not owe protection obligations to an asylum seeker who could have sought protection elsewhere. In taking this position it is purporting to invoke the so-called ‘safe third country’ principle which has developed out of international practice. This article examines Australia's purported applications of the ‘safe third country’ principle and concludes that in some instances they represent an attempt to extend that principle beyond what the international community presently considers acceptable or ever should consider acceptable.
Journal Article. 13532 words.
Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration ; Refugee Studies
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