There's been a hail of criticism of Australia's refugee policy. But there's a UN convention which covers this area --  the UN’s 1951 Refugee Convention, which Australia signed and ratified the same year, and which was amended by a 1967 protocol. Both documents were introduced to prevent injustices against refugees.

So is Australia's refugee policy actually breaching this convention, and if so, what -- if anything -- can be done about it? Crikey asks the experts ...