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William Maley is Professor of Diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy at the Australian National University. He has been a visiting research fellow in the Refugee Studies Programme at the University of Oxford, and is a fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. Maley is a Barrister of the High Court of Australia, Vice-President of the Refugee Council of Australia, and in 2002 was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).


'This book is an eye-opener. It is an elegant, expert account of the history of refugees, their formal rights, and their shrinking prospects. It will leave no reader unmoved, and no conscience untroubled.' - Philip Pettit, L.S.Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and Human Values, Princeton University; Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy, Australian National University. Author of Just Freedom: A Moral Compass for a Complex World (Norton 2014).;'William Maley has done the world a great service - introducing one of the key questions of our times with rich insight and clarity. His book is a thoroughly readable and essential exploration of refugee issues. I learnt a huge amount from his writing, and I highly recommend it.' - Patrick Kingsley, Migration Correspondent, The Guardian;'This is truly a book for its time ... It shows that now, more than ever, it is immoral to remain silent.' - Julian Burnside

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