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Jason Mark Pobjoy

Gonville and Caius College

The child in international refugee law


My research explores the relationship between international refugee law and international law on the rights of the child.       

Start Date: 2009/10.

End Date: 2012/09.

Education / CV


Ph.D. candidate in Law (2009 - present)
Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge
Recipient of W.M. Tapp Studentship in Law and the Poynton Cambridge Australia Scholarship.

Visiting Doctoral Researcher (2011)
New York University
Recipient of Visiting Doctoral Researcher Global Fellowship.

Bachelor of Civil Law (Distinction) (2008 - 2009)
Magdalen College, University of Oxford
Recipient of Commonwealth Scholarship.
Papers in Comparative Human Rights Law; Evidence Law; Principles of Civil Procedure; Restitution.

Master of Laws by Coursework and Minor Thesis (2006 - 2009)
The University of Melbourne
Papers in International Law and Children’s Rights; Human Rights Litigation and Advocacy; International Refugee Law; International Intellectual Property; Advanced Litigation.
Minor thesis (30,000 words) supervised by Professor James C. Hathaway and Dr Michelle Foster.

LLB (Hon)/BA (2002 - 2005)
The University of Melbourne



Barrister at Law, Honourable Society of the Inner Temple

Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and High Court of Australia.

Solicitor in Dispute Resolution group at Mallesons Stephen Jaques (2006 - 2008).


Representative Publications

Journal articles

• Jason Pobjoy (with Guglielmo Verdirame) "The end of refugee camps?" in S. Juss (ed), Research Companion to Migration Theory and Policy (forthcoming, 2012).

• Jason Pobjoy (with Sarah Spencer) "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.

• Jason Pobjoy (with James C. Hathaway), “Queer cases make bad law” (2012) 44(2) New York University Journal of International Law and Politics 315-389.

• Jason Pobjoy (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.

•Jason Pobjoy, “Treating like alike: The principle of non-discrimination as a tool to mandate the equal protection of refugees and beneficiaries of complementary protection” (forthcoming, (2010) 34(1) Melbourne University Law Review 181-229.

• Jason Pobjoy (with Kate Purcell), “Refugee processing freeze: Unlawful and practically unsound” (2010) 35(2) Alternative Law Journal 60 – 61.

• Jason Pobjoy, “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.

• Jason Pobjoy, “The service of witness statements and litigation privilege: ACCC v Cadbury”  (2009) 13 The International Journal of Evidence and Proof 335 – 341.

• Jason Pobjoy, "Medically mediated reproduction: Posthumous conception and the best interests of the child" (2007) 15 Journal of Law and Medicine 450 – 468. 

Submissions and working papers

• Jason Pobjoy (with Sarah Spencer CBE), “The relationship between immigration status and the allocation of rights: Exploring the rationales” (forthcoming, (2011) Centre on Migration, Policy and Society, University of Oxford, Working Paper Series).

• “Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee: Inquiry into the Migration Amendment (Complementary Protection) Bill 2009” (28 September, 2009) (with Dr Michelle Foster). Available at  

• “Submission to the National Human Rights Consultation Committee” (June, 2009).  Coordination of a team of postgraduate law students from the University of Oxford, in the research and preparation of a comprehensive submission providing lessons from the United Kingdom experience. Available at  


• Jason Pobjoy (with Katie O'Byrne), "Refugees caught in a dystopian nightmare" ABC Online (24 May 2012).  Available at

• Jason Pobjoy, "Deportee belongs back in Australia" The Age (17 May 2012).  Available at

• Jason Pobjoy, "We can do more to give child refugees a home" The Age (1 October 2010).  Available at

• Jason Pobjoy, "Same-sex adoption: A missed opportunity" ABC Online (20 September 2010).  Available at

• Jason Pobjoy (with Kate Purcell), "Asylum seeker strategy unsound" ABC Online (28 April 2010).  Available at

• Regular contributor to the Human Rights Law Resource Centre bulletin (2006 – 2012).  Available at



Dr Guglielmo Verdirame