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RSC Public Seminar Series, Hilary Term 2018

Series convened by Dr Lilian Tsourdi

Seminar held on 21 February 2018

About the seminar

Children are the victims of some of the most devastating examples of state-sanctioned and private human rights abuse. In increasing numbers, they are attempting to find international protection, and are forced to navigate complex administrative and legal processes that fail to take into account their distinct needs and vulnerabilities. Drawing on research undertaken for his recent monograph, The Child in International Refugee Law (CUP, 2017), Jason will explore the extent to which the challenges faced by children seeking international protection may be overcome by greater engagement between international refugee law and international law on the rights of the child.

About the speaker

Jason Pobjoy is a barrister at Blackstone Chambers, where he has a broad practice including public and human rights law, refugee and immigration law and public international law. He maintains a significant pro bono practice, and has acted pro bono for UNHCR, the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, Bail for Immigration Detainees, Medical Justice, the AIRE Centre, ILGA-Europe, and the International Commission of Jurists.

Jason has published widely in the areas of refugee law, public and human rights law and public international law. His monograph, The Child in International Refugee Law, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2017. Jason lectured in International Human Rights Law in the Master of Law program at the University of Cambridge and was the founding chair of the Cambridge Pro Bono Project, which has, since its establishment, facilitated the involvement of more than 150 LLM and PhD students in various pro bono projects.

Jason is also an Australian qualified lawyer and practiced for several years as a litigation solicitor. Jason completed a Masters in Law at the University of Melbourne, a Bachelor of Civil Law at the University of Oxford, a doctorate at the University of Cambridge, and he has also been a Research Associate at the Refugee Law Project at Makerere University in Kampala and a Hauser Visiting Doctoral Researcher at New York University School of Law.