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JSI Seminar: Children, families, and immigration enforcement

JSI Seminar: Children, families, and immigration enforcement

Speaker: Associate Professor Matthew Lister, Bond University

What might otherwise seem like straight-forward instances of immigration enforcement can give rise to both practical and moral complications when the objects of the enforcement measures are children and/or have close family ties to citizens or legal permanent residents. In the case of children, we may doubt whether they can be held morally responsible for immigration violations and may also face complicated questions about the best interest of the children.

When an otherwise removable non-citizen has close family ties to a citizen or permanent resident, we may worry that removal will both impose disproportionate harms on the one removed and will also cause unacceptable harms on, and violate the rights of, citizens or permanent residents.

In this seminar, Matthew Lister will try to isolate the issues, both practical and moral, and look at what sorts of limits they place on otherwise acceptable instances of immigration enforcement.

About the speaker:

Matthew Lister is an Associate Professor at Bond University. He is a legal and political philosopher as well as a lawyer who works on normative issues relating to immigration and refugee law, international law, including international economic law and regulation, workplace and employment law, criminal law, and other issues in jurisprudence and political philosophy.


Thursday 15 September 2022, 6-7.30pm AEST

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CPD Points: 1.5


This event is hosted by the Julius Stone Institute of Jurisprudence at The University of Sydney Law School. 

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Sep 15 2022


6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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Common Room, Level 4, Sydney Law School
New Law Building (F10), Eastern Avenue, The University of Sydney (Camperdown Campus)


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02 9351 0248

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