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Jason Pobjoy


Barrister, Blackstone Chambers

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” will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2016. 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.

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Publications

Books

  • “The child in international refugee law” (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming)

Book chapters

  • “Article 10” in Philip Alston and John Tobin (eds.), The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: A Commentary (Oxford University Press, 2015) (forthcoming).
  • “Article 22” in Philip Alston and John Tobin (eds.), The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: A Commentary (Oxford University Press, 2015) (forthcoming).
  • “Treating like alike: The principle of non-discrimination as a tool to mandate the equal protection of refugees and beneficiaries of complementary protection” in James C. Hathaway (ed.), Human Rights and Refugee Law (Edward Elgar, 2014) (reprint).
  • “A child rights framework for assessing the status of refugee children” in Satvinder Juss and Colin Harvey (eds.), Contemporary Issues in Refugee Law (Edward Elgar, 2013) 91 – 138.
  • Co-author (with Guglielmo Verdirame), “The end of refugee camps” in Satvinder Juss (ed.), Research Companion to Migration Laws Theory and Policy (Ashgate, 2013) 471 – 488.

Articles

  • “The best interests of the child principle as an independent source of protection” (2015) 64(2) International Comparative Law Quarterly 327.
  • Co-author (with Justice Anthony North and James C. Hathaway), “Roundtable on the Future of the Refugee Convention Supervision” Journal of Refugee Studies (2013) (forthcoming).
  • Co-author (with Sarah Spencer CBE), "Equality for All? The Relationship between Immigration Status and the Allocation of Rights in the United Kingdom" (2012) 2 European Human Rights Law Review 160 – 175.
  • Co-author (with James C. Hathaway), “Queer cases make bad law” (2012) 44(2) New York University Journal of International Law and Politics 315-389 [published as lead article in symposium, with responses from Sir Richard Buxton, Ryan Goodman, John Tobin, David Frank, Jenni Millbank, Deborah Anker, Sabi Ardalan and Guglielmo Verdirame].
  • Co-author (with Michelle Foster), “A failed case of legal exceptionalism? Refugee status determination in Australia's 'excised' territories” (2011) 23(4) International Journal of Refugee Law 583 – 631.
  • “Treating like alike: The principle of non-discrimination as a tool to mandate the equal protection of refugees and beneficiaries of complementary protection” (2010) 34(1) Melbourne University Law Review 181 – 229. 
  • Co-author (with Kate Purcell), “Refugee processing freeze: Unlawful and practically unsound” (2010) 35(2) Alternative Law Journal 60 – 61.
  • “Keeping the cat out of the bag: The interaction between litigation privilege and the service of witness statements” (2010) 29 Civil Justice Quarterly 48 – 72.
  • “The service of witness statements and litigation privilege: ACCC v Cadbury” (2009) 13 The International Journal of Evidence and Proof 335 – 341.
  • "Medically mediated reproduction: Posthumous conception and the best interests of the child" (2007) 15 Journal of Law and Medicine 450 – 468.