The smuggling of migrants—or people smuggling as it is sometimes referred to—is a prominent and contentious issue around the world.  It involves the ‘procurement, in order to obtain, directly or indirectly, a financial or other material benefit, of the illegal entry of a person into a country of which the person is not a national or a permanent residence’ (Article 3(a) of the UN Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air). 

UQ’s Migrant Smuggling Working Group brings together a team of experts, students, and staff from The University of Queensland’s TC Beirne School of Law and the School of Political Science & International Studies and from the University of Vienna, Department of Criminal Law and Criminology. The Working Group is also supported by a network of research assistants and students from around the world who identify and disseminate laws, court decisions, academic literature, and other reports on smuggling of migrants. The project is coordinated by Professor Andreas Schloenhardt and Dr Melissa Curley.

The Working Group exposes and analyses the reality of and responses to migrant smuggling in a range of jurisdictions and continuously monitors national and international developments.

Reports and presentations

Project members

Professor Andreas Schloenhardt

TC Beirne School of Law