EPISODE 3: How you can be detained for life without trial

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The story of Ahmed Al-Kateb has far-reaching consequences for individual liberty in Australia. This is the story of a man who wanted to go home to Palestine, but who the High Court decided could be held indefinitely despite committing no crime.

Constitutional law expert Patrick Emerton describes this "shocking case" as one which "shows us how even very clever judges sitting on the High Court can sometimes make terrible mistakes".


Storyteller: Assoc. Professor Patrick Emerton, Monash Law School

Host: Dr Melissa Castan

Topics for law nerds: Constitutional law, habeas corpus, refugees, asylum seekers, immigration law, administrative law, criminal law, High Court, law reform, indefinite detention, detention centres

Image: hannes.a.schwetz / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Music in this episode:

  • 'China Town' by Audiobinger (CC BY-NC 4.0 license)

  • 'Dream Big' by Audiobinger (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license)

James Pattison