To mark the 2017 anniversary of the UN’s World Refugee Day and Australia’s Refugee Week, we spoke to Professor James Hathaway, the world’s leading expert on refugee law.

Watch this video for his in-depth analysis of the Refugee Convention, an agreement made in 1951 in response to World War II. Is it still relevant? What needs to change? He doesn’t hold back!

James’ work is used by courts all over the world when interpreting the Refugee Convention and applying it to decisions. His many publications include the seminal book co-authored with Australia’s Michelle Foster, The Law of Refugee Status.

Follow James Hathaway on Twitter here: @JC_Hathaway