Seminar on Migrant Workers' Access to Justice in Countries of Origin

Visiting from the University of Pennsylvania, Prof. Sarah Paoletti joined Migrant and Refugee Rights Project Director, Bassina Farbenblum, for a seminar on migrant workers' access to justice in their own countries.  They discussed their recently-completed study on Indonesia and their current study on Nepal, the first empirical studies of their kind, which also considers the legal obligations of migrant workers' own states to ensure that private recruitment agencies and other commercial actors prevent and redress harms that migrant workers suffer pre-departure, while abroad, and upon their return.  Sarah and Bassina discussed sources of domestic private and public law, as well as international law that govern legal rights and obligations of countries of origin, as well as some of their empirical findings in relation to workers' access to justice at home.  They also discussed a new partnership between the UNSW Human Rights Clinic and the UPenn Transnational Legal Clinic to undertake significant clinical projects that advance international law in this area, building on the migrant worker human rights cases and projects that the UNSW Human Rights Clinic has already undertaken in partnership with organisations in Indonesia, Nepal and Malaysia.