Project Specific Scholarship - Fast-Track Asylum Procedures: Balancing Fairness and Efficiency

Project Specific Scholarship - Fast-Track Asylum Procedures: Balancing Fairness and Efficiency

Programs Available

PhD 

Reference Number

20224142 

Opening Date

06 Oct 2021 12am AEDT 

Closing Date

31 Oct 2021 11pm AEDT 

Scholarship available to

Domestic 

Description

Governments around the world are implementing measures to fast-track the processing of asylum claims. This project aims to identify if this can be done in a way that is both fair and efficient. It will use an innovative interdisciplinary approach, which combines doctrinal and empirical methods, to compare and evaluate current laws in Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Switzerland. It will evaluate the efficiency of existing fast-track procedures in speeding up decision-making and evaluate the fairness of fast-track procedures against legal standards and from the perspective of participants in the process. The aim is to identify critical elements required for a system to be efficient, fair, and compliant with domestic and international law.

The project is funded by the Australian Research Council, and led by Chief Investigator, Associate Professor Daniel Ghezelbash.

Your tasks

You will undertake a 3 year PhD under the supervision of Chief Investigator Daniel Ghezelbash that contributes to one or more of the general aims of the Fast-Track Asylum Procedures Project –

  • Compare and characterise fast-track procedures for determining asylum claims in Australia, the United States, the United King and Switzerland
  • Evaluate the efficiency of fast-track procedures in speeding up decision-making in each country
  • Evaluate the fairness of fast-track procedures against legal standards and the perspective of participants in the process
  • Develop practical policy recommendations for Australia

Your profile

Essential

  • Excellent academic track record in law or closely related field and completion of a 2 years Masters degree (or equivalent). The Master’s degree must have included a substantial research component.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Australian and international refugee law and international human rights law
  • Excellent legal and empirical research skills
  • Ability, willingness, and commitment to pursue interdisciplinary research

Desirable

  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of overlapping legal sources and legal principles of fairness, including fair procedures/due process
  • Familiarity with the domestic legal systems of one or more of the foreign case study jurisdictions (Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States)
  • Previous relevant high-quality scholarly publications

Availability

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake a direct entry 3-year PhD program.

Scholarship Components

The scholarship is comprised of a Tuition Fee Offset and a Living Allowance Stipend. The value and tenure of the scholarship is a “MQRES” full-time stipend rate of $28,854 per annum (in 2022 tax exempt for up to 3 years - indexed annually).

Contact Details

Name: Associate Professor Daniel Ghezelbash
Email: daniel.ghezelbash@mq.edu.au
Phone: 0414729474

How to Apply

New applicants to Macquarie University will need to complete the Online HDR Candidature and Scholarship Application via the Online Application System and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Further information can be found on the How to Apply page.

Current applicants with a successful candidature offer less than 12 months old and currently enrolled Macquarie University candidates:

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance and preferably, additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the allocation number on your application.

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