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Kaldor Centre Conference 2017: 'The Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration'

In 2018, world leaders will adopt two landmark documents – a Global Compact on Refugees, and a Global Compact on Safe, Regular and Orderly Migration. Amidst debate about what these agreements should contain and how ambitious they should be, the 2017 Kaldor Centre Conference takes stock of where we are so far, and anticipates what developments we will see in the lead-up to their adoption in 2018.

FridayNov 242017

Book launch - Asylum By Boat: Origins of Australia’s refugee policy

We invite you to join us for the launch of 'Asylum By Boat: Origins of Australia’s refugee policy' by Dr Claire Higgins. The book will be launched by special guest David Marr.

TuesdaySep 122017

Breaking The Deadlock - Creating solutions for refugees

Join us for an evening of positive discussion about fresh approaches to Australia’s refugee policies, hosted at the Sydney Opera House by the Kaldor Centre and the UNSW Grand Challenge on Refugees & Migrants.

Australia is in a bind about refugees and asylum seekers. Although the scale of our challenge is small compared to many other countries, it sparks intense political heat.

Principles clash with political expediency. Some voters are satisfied that boats are being turned back. Some are ashamed about the conditions of our offshore processing centres. Many believe that discussion is futile. Well-worn assumptions have closed off thinking about urgently needed new approaches.

Can we break the deadlock? How can we offer protection to those who seek refuge in our region?

TuesdayAug 152017

Out of Syria, Searching for Safety: Creative approaches to refugee protection

Around the world, borders are hardening. Foreign aid budgets are shrinking. But on the ground, innovative humanitarians are finding practical ways to help protect refugees and others caught up in conflict. In Syria, shattered by six years of conflict, fighting persists and peace talks drag on inconclusively. More than 6 million people are displaced within Syria, and more than 5 million have fled to other countries, mostly in the Middle East. Only about 10 per cent have gone to Europe. Protection, in this context, requires legal solutions as well as practical assistance. It includes the need for food and water, healthcare, livelihood opportunities, shelter, and education for the children, who make up more than half of the displaced Syrians. In this panel discussion, three experts will provide their insights into what is working and what is needed – in host countries in the Middle East, Europe and Australia.

WednesdayAug 092017

The Displacement Project: Perspectives on climate change and planned relocation in the Pacific

Planned relocation is the process by which communities are assisted by the State to relocate away from dangerous areas to safer ones. Can planned relocation play a role in responding to climate change and disasters? What challenges does it pose, both for relocated and host communities? What important lessons can be drawn from historical cases? Join us for an evening with international law expert, Jane McAdam, and political geographer, Jon Barnett, as they present fresh perspectives on these questions.

WednesdayJun 072017

Creating Safe Zones and Safe Corridors in Conflict Situations: Providing Protection at Home or Preventing the Search for Asylum?

Curious about whether safe zones can provide real protection? Join Department of Foreign Affairs director Claire Elias, University of Essex law professor Geoff Gilbert and UN lawyer Paul White for a panel discussion and Policy Brief launch hosted by the Kaldor Centre.

WednesdayJun 072017

Remote Control of Asylum Seekers: The US Experience

As the Trump administration casts immigration to the forefront of its agenda, Professor David FitzGerald, from the University of California San Diego, offers a global, domestic and historical context for the latest American plans.

'Remote Control of Asylum Seekers: The US Experience' considers how immigration policies impact individuals in daily life. Professor FitzGerald will add insight on contemporary issues in Australia, which last year offered to resettle refugees from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador now in camps in Costa Rica as part of a deal with the US.

TuesdayApr 112017

All at sea: Comparative perspectives on turning back boats

The movement of asylum seekers and migrants by boat has seized attention across the world. In Australia and elsewhere, governments have enacted policies to intercept and turn back asylum seekers at sea. What do we know (and not know) about these policies, and what are the legal and practical implications of turning back boats? This panel will discuss the law, policy and practice of turning back boats in Europe, the United States and Australia.

WednesdayMar 012017

Annual Conference 2016

The Kaldor Centre Annual Conference brings together academics, practitioners and policymakers to discuss key challenges in international refugee law. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘From refugee emergency to protracted exile: The role of “time” in international protection’. The conference will explore various aspects of refugee protection through the lens of time. What are the implications of delay and expedited procedures for refugee status determination? How does the law shape refugees’ experience of time? Do we need to rethink the notions of ‘crisis’, ‘emergency’ and ‘development’ in refugee responses?

FridayNov 182016

Emerging Scholars Network Workshop

On Thursday 17 November 2016, 9.30-5.30pm the Kaldor Centre will host a one-day workshop for network members at the Faculty of Law, UNSW. The workshop will provide an opportunity for members to gain feedback on their research, exchange ideas and explore future research collaborations amongst the wealth of interdisciplinary expertise within the Network.

ThursdayNov 172016