Asher Hirsch is a Senior Policy Officer with the Refugee Council of Australia, the national umbrella body for refugees and the organisations and individuals who support them. His work involves research, policy and advocacy on national issues impacting refugee communities. He is also completing a PhD at Monash University in refugee and human rights law. His PhD investigates the legality of Australia's disruption and deterrence activities in Southeast Asia, which aim to prevent asylum seekers from reaching Australian territory and seeking protection. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Master of Human Rights Law, and a Juris Doctor.