Another high-stakes immigration case is being heard by the High Court this week that could affect up to 200 refugees currently being detained in Australia.

What’s the case all about? And could it have a similar impact to the High Court decision last November which resulted in the release of around 150 detainees, some of them convicted criminals?

Law professors Sara Dehm and Anthea Vogl answer these questions – and more – in their thorough overview of the case, which commenced yesterday.

According to Dehm and Vogl, the case will be closely watched by refugee advocates because it may result in further limits on the immigration minister’s power to keep people indefinitely in detention – in particular those who refuse to cooperate with the government’s efforts to deport them.

They note the case also highlights the failure of the “fast-track” system for processing asylum seekers who attempted to reach Australia by boat.

Like the Iranian at the centre of the High Court case, known by the pseudonym ASF17, these refugees had very little hope of success in what the authors call an unfair legal process, which the Albanese government now wants to scrap.

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