Dr Kate Ogg

Senior Lecturer
PhD Australian National University; MSc (distinction) University of Oxford; GDLP College of Law; Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (first class honours, university medal) Griffith University
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Senior lecturer Kate Ogg undertakes interdisciplinary research in the areas of refugee law, human rights, litigation, access to justice and feminist legal theory.

Kate is the co-editor of The Future of Feminist Engagement with International Law (Edward Elgar, 2018) and has published a number of influential book chapters and journal articles on refugee law, human rights law and feminist legal theory.

Through her research Kate has been a strong public policy advocate for those in the community experiencing social and political marginalisation, particularly refugees.

As part of her recent research Kate conducted a feminist, interdisciplinary and comparative examination of the exclusion of women from the refugee regime on the grounds of criminality. Her research exposed the fact that the legal frameworks adopted to assess exclusion in the UK and USA do not adequately address the causes of female offending.

Her current research focus examines the highly contemporary issue of the legal regulation of rescue from and confinement to inadequate places of refuge such as refugee camps, internally displaced persons’ camps and offshore processing centres.

Kate’s research has also helped make a strong case for Australia’s adherence to its obligations under the 1951 Refugee Convention and other international human rights instruments.

Recent news

Karla Brenner outside the law building
2018 ANU Prize recipient Karla Brenner talks about winning
Jessup team 2018
The 2018 ANU Jessup mooting team succeeded in reaching the quarter-finals before they were defeated on Friday afternoon.
ANU College of Law
Three members of the ANU Law Jessup team have received individual awards after a superb effort that saw the team make it to the quarter-finals in the most highly regarded competition between law schools from across Australia.

Past events

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1.50PM to 4.20PM Workshop

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Please note, only a small selection of recent publications and activities are listed below.

Books & edited collections

  • Feminist Engagement with International Law (Edward Elgar, 2019) (with Dr Susan Harris Rimmer)

Book chapters

  • 'Sexing the Leviathan: The Possibilities for Feminist Analyses of Crimmigration', in Crimmigration in Australia: Law, Politics and Society (Springer, forthcoming, 2019)
  • 'Destination Australia: Journeys of the Moribund', in Deadly Voyages: Migrant Journeys Across the Globe (Lexington Press, forthcoming, 2019)
  • 'International Human Rights Law in Feminist Scholarship on Peace and Conflict: Disappearing and Re-emerging?' in Handbook of Feminist Peace Research (Routledge, forthcoming, 2019)
  • ‘New Directions in Article 1D Jurisprudence: Greater Barriers for Palestinian Refugees Seeking the Benefits of the Refugee Convention' in The Research Handbook on International Refugee Law (Edward Elgar, 2019)
  • 'The Future(s) of Feminist Engagement with International Law' in Feminist Engagement with International Law (Edward Elgar, 2019) (with Dr Susan Harris-Rimmer)
  • ‘The Future of Feminist Engagement with Refugee Law: From the Margins to the Centre and out of the 'Pink Ghetto'?' in Feminist Engagement with International Law (Edward Elgar, 2019) 
  • ‘A Feminist (Legal) Analysis of the Interface Between Refugee Law and the Mandates of Truth and Reconciliation Commissions’ in Current Issues in Transitional Justice (Springer, 2014) (with Dr Natalia Szablewska)

Refereed journal articles

  • 'International Solidarity and Palestinian Refugees: Lessons for the Future Directions of Refugee Law' (forthcoming)

  • 'Protection from 'Refuge': On what Legal Grounds will a Refugee be Saved from Camp Life'  International Journal of Refugee Law (2016) 28(3)

  • 'Protection Closer to Home? A Legal Case for Claiming Asylum at Embassies and Consulates' Refugee Survey Quarterly (2014) 33(4)

  • 'Are We There Yet? Measuring Human Rights Sensibilities' Australian Journal of Human Rights (2014) 20(1) (with Professors Simon Rice and Denise Meyerson)

  • ‘Separating the Persecutors from the Persecuted: A Feminist and Comparative Examination of Exclusion from the Refugee Regime’ International Journal of Refugee Law (2014) 26(1)

  • 'A Sometimes Dangerous Convergence: Refugee Law, Human Rights Law and the Meaning of 'Effective Protection'' Macquarie Law Journal (2013) 12

  • ‘A Question of Discretion: A Critical Analysis of New Legal and Evidentiary Hurdles for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual (LGB) Asylum Seekers in the United Kingdom’ Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration (2012) 2(1)

Conference papers & presentations

  • 'A State of Exception or A State of Exceptionality?: Challenges to Offshore Processing in the South Pacific' Public Interest Lawyering Conference. La Trobe University, August 2019

  • 'International Solidarity from the Perspective of Palestinian Refugees' The Spirit of International Solidarity, the Right to Asylum, and the Response to Displacement – An Interdisciplinary Symposium, La Trobe University, February 2019

  • 'Feminist Claims in Turbulent Times' IPSA Confernce, University of Queensland, July 2018

  • 'Gender in Refugee Law - From the Margins to the Centre and out of the Pink Ghetto' Conference on Gender, Asylum and Families, College of Law and Business, Tel Aviv, March 2017.

  • 'The Post-Exclusion Dilemma: An Australian Perspective' International Association for the Study of Forced Migration, Poland, July 2016

  • 'A Woman's Refuge?' The Future of Women's Engagement with International Law, Brisbane, June 2016

  • 'Protection from Refuge' Access to Asylum: Current Challenges and Future Directions, Prato, May 2014

  • 'The Intersections of Refugee and International Criminal Law: Unintended Consequences' The Impact of Migration Law and Policy, Australian National University, Canberra, October 2013

  • ‘At the Edge of Law and Morality: A Feminist and Comparative Examination of Exclusion from the Refugee Regime on the Grounds of Criminality’, Canadian Law and Society’s Law on the Edge Conference, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, July 2013

  • ‘Recent Jurisprudence on Article 1F of the United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees 1951 and the Insights Offered by a Feminist Legal Analysis’, Migration Law Series, University of Oxford Law School, Oxford, May 2012

  • ‘A Day in the Life of a Litigator’, Queensland Law Society Expo, Brisbane, July 2011

  • ‘An Update on the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Torture, Prohibition and Death Penalty Abolition) Act 2010 (Cth), and the Interaction of Australian Authorities With Death Penalty Jurisdictions’, Law Council of Australia’s 2010 National Access to Justice and Pro Bono Conference, Brisbane, August 2010

Case notes & book reviews

  • 'Protection amid Chaos: The Creation of Private Property Rights in Palestinian Refugee Camps' International Journal of Refugee Law (2017) 29(3)


  • 'Trump's Executive Orders from the Lens of Refugee Law', The Explosive President: Donald Trump's Migration Policy and its Impact on International Law and Non-Discrimination Principles, Centre for International and Public Law, Canberra, 13 February 2017

  • Not Waving but Drowning: High Seas Interceptions of Asylum Seekers and the Courts as Access to Justice Gatekeepers' Legal Date (2013) 25(3)

Currently supervising

Honours thesis supervision

I am willing to supervise in the areas

  • refugee law
  • international human rights law
  • litigation and dispute resolution
  • feminist legal theory

Current courses

Year Course code Course name
2019 LAWS4010
Class #1666
Jessup Moot
2019 LAWS6010
Class #1667
Jessup Moot
2019 LAWS8471
Class #4596
Refugee Law

Previous courses

Year Course code Course name
2018 LAWS2244
Class #2349
Litigation and Dispute Management
2018 LAWS6244
Class #3720
Litigation and Dispute Management
2018 LAWS4010
Class #1089
Jessup Moot
2018 LAWS6010
Class #1897
Jessup Moot
2016 LAWS4010
Class #1098
Jessup Moot

Past courses

  • Litigation and Dispute Management
  • International Law of Human Rights
  • Jessup Moot

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