Book launch: Policing Undocumented Migrants: Law, Violence and Responsibility

29 November 2017


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You are warmly invited to the launch of Policing Undocumented Migrants: Law, Violence and Responsibility.

Join Louise Boon-Kuo (author) and expert commentators Vicki Sentas, Abdul Hekmat and Laurie Berg for a discussion of the book focusing on policing, border control and the experiences of undocumented and temporarily authorised migrants in Australia.

About the book
The growing significance of migration policing in whole-of-government law enforcement and security makes understanding its operation and oversight of vital importance. Policing Undocumented Migrants explores the extraordinarily routine, powerful, and above all lawful practices engaged in policing status within Australian territory. Drawing on case studies of street policing, immigration raids, transitions in legal status such as release from immigration detention and the immigration character test, this book reveals how the everyday violence of migration law is activated by making people 'illegal'. It exposes how undocumented migrants are marginalised through the broad discretion underpinning existing frameworks of legal responsibility for migration policing.

More details about the book.

The author
Louise Boon-Kuo (University of Sydney) researches border controls within the nation, as well as their transnational and international manifestations; criminalisation; race; and citizenship.

Panel discussants
Vicki Sentas (University of New South Wales), author of Traces of Terror: Counter-terrorism law, policing and race (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Abdul Karim Hekmat, journalist, PhD candidate (University of Technology, Sydney), curator and exhibiting artist of The Invisible currently showing at the UTS gallery.

Laurie Berg (University of Technology, Sydney), author of Migrant Rights at Work: Law's precariousness at the intersection of migration and labour  (Routledge, 2016).

Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the book launch.


Time: 6-7.30pm (book launch and cocktail reception)

Location: Common Room, Level 4, New Law Building (F10), Eastern Avenue, Camperdown, University of Sydney

Cost: Complimentary, however registration is essential.

Contact: Professional Learning & Community Engagement

Phone: 02 9351 0429

Email: 20313b1e021d291c2319033d2f0e25271e1c371e3f5e5532