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HKU-HKRAC CLINICAL LEGAL EDUCATION PROGRAMME

In January 2009, CCPL launched its first credit-bearing clinical legal education scheme, in conjunction with the Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre (HKRAC).

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LEGAL ASSISTANCE FOR ASYLUM SEEKERS AND TORTURE CLAIMANTS IN HONG KONG

This study aims to identify alternative approaches to the provision of legal assistance to asylum seekers and torture claimants through an examination of relevant legal assistance schemes in other common law jurisdictions. More >>

REFUGEES

The Refugee Convention and Protocol are the key international legal documents that set out the definition of a refugee and the rights of refugees to adequate protection. These instruments have not been extended to the Hong Kong SAR, although they apply to the People’s Republic of China and the Macau SAR. More >>

SUBMISSIONS TO GOVERNMENT

Submission on Hong Kong's International Legal Obligations toward Refugees and Asylum Seekers For Consideration at the Joint Meeting of the Legislative Council Panels on Welfare Services and Security on the situation of asylum seekers, refugees and claimants against torture in Hong Kong, by Kelley Loper, July 2006

CONFERENCES & SEMINARS

Seminar: Judging Immigration: National Privilege and International Duties, 25 February 2013


International Day Against Torture 2012, 26 June 2012. More >>

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Public Lecture: Behavioural Science Evidence and the Courts: Providing Support to Victims of Torture in the Courtroom and Beyond, 21 June 2012

Panel Discussion: The Protection of the Rights of Torture Victims in Asia and Hong Kong, 26 June 2010


Seminar: Protecting the Rights of Refugees in the Global South, 25 November 2008

Refugee Law in Hong Kong, 21 February 2004. More >>

TRAINING

Practicing Human Rights in Hong Kong, 5 -7 June 2013

Two recent Court of Final Appeal judgments pave the way for the creation of a unified and integrated government-led screening mechanism for refugees and torture claimants in Hong Kong. The judgments will result in more opportunities for Hong Kong legal practitioners to learn and practice international human rights law at the domestic level. This programme provides students an inside view of just what these judgments mean to Hong Kong society.
This practical experience will challenge students’ knowledge and understanding of law and society. Students will hear learn firsthand about the challenges of seeking refuge from the perspective of aid workers, lawyers, adjudicators and refugees themselves.

Intensive Course on International Refugee Law, 3-7 July 2006. More >>

Refugee and Migrant Issue Workshop, 4-6 December 2004. More >>

FACULTY EXPERTISE

   

Kelley Loper     Simon Young   Farzana Aslam

MAJOR CASES

C & Others v. Director of Immigration and Another [2013] 4 HKC 563

Ubamaka Edward Wilson v Secretary for Security and Director of Immigration [2012] HKCFA 87

HONG KONG HUMAN RIGHTS ACTION PLAN

For the paragraphs in the Hong Kong Human Rights Action Plan (HKHRAP) concerning Non-refoulement, Refugees and Asylum-seekers, please click here.

Also: Torture, Non-discrimination against Asylum-seekers, Refugee and migrant children.

PUBLICATIONS

"Refugees' Right to Work in Hong Kong – Or Lack Thereof: GA v Director of Immigration" by Karen Kong, Oxford University Commonwealth Law JournalJune 2015, Vol. 14, Issue, 2, pp 337-348

Recent Developments in Hong Kong's Torture Screening Process, by Ché Singh Kochhar-George, Hong Kong Law Journal, Volume 42, Part 2 (p.385), 2012

Nepalese Gurkhas and their battle for equal rights, by Ché Singh Kochhar-George, October 2010

Human Rights, Non-refoulement and the Protection of Refugees in Hong Kong, by Kelley Loper, 2010

Toward Comprehensive Refugee Legislation in Hong Kong? Reflections on Reform of the "Torture Screening" Procedures (comment), by Kelley Loper, 2009

SYMPOSIA

Represent a Refugee Client with the Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre, 26 April 2013

 


Beyond Asylum: Refugee Policy in Practice and How Refugees Experience It, 12 November 2011. More >>

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RIGHTS TALKS

Legal Representation for Asylum Seekers: Ensuring “High Standards of Fairness” and Respect for the Rule of Law in Hong Kong, 15 March 2013 


Current developments, challenges and opportunities for the protection of refugees and asylum seekers in Hong Kong by Patricia Ho, Aleta Miller & Cosmo Beatson, 27 March 2012


David and Goliath: Children's Unequal Battle for Refugee Protection, by Jacqueline Bhabha, 15 March 2011

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Law Firms, Law Students and Pro Bono and Clinical Work, by Brian Barbour, 10 March 2011


Information Session: Clinical Legal Education with the Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre, by Brian Barbour & Lindsay Ernst: HKRAC, 23 April 2010

Engaging in International Refugee Law: Law Firms and the Value of Pro Bono Work, by Alan Schiffman & Brian Barbour, 27 October 2009

OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS

Canadian Bar Association's Views on Proposed Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (Canada)November 2002

USEFUL LINKS

Justice Centre Hong Kong

Connecting Myanmar (HKU Faculty of Law) 

Mekong Migration Network (MMN)

Joint Meeting of the Legislative Council Panels July 2006