Adaena Sinclair-Blakemore

Adaena is an Australian lawyer practising in Melbourne where she is the Convenor of the Victorian branch of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights. She holds a Juris Doctor (First Class) from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Arts in French Studies and Italian Studies from the University of Western Australia. The views expressed in this post are her own.

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High Court of Australia delivers landmark ruling that Indigenous Australians cannot be deported

High Court of Australia delivers landmark ruling that Indigenous Australians cannot be deported

On 11 February 2020, the High Court of Australia (HCA) delivered a landmark judgment in which it ruled that indigenous Australians cannot be considered “aliens” under the Australian Constitution and therefore cannot be deported. The ...
Teitiota v New Zealand: A Step Forward in the Protection of Climate Refugees under International Human Rights Law?

Teitiota v New Zealand: A Step Forward in the Protection of Climate Refugees under International Human Rights Law?

On 7 January 2020, the UN Human Rights Committee (HRC) issued a landmark ruling in which it recognised, for the first time, that forcibly returning a person to a place where their life would be at risk due to the adverse effects of ...