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Special screening of 'Border Politics' including Q&A with Julian Burnside

BORDER POLITICS follows human rights barrister Julian Burnside as he traverses the globe examining the harsh treatment meted out to refugees by most Western democracies.

Seventy years after the world constructed international conventions to ensure the horrors of World War 2 wouldn’t be repeated, Burnside finds it terrifying to see Australian and other Western political leaders exploiting fears around border protection to extend political power. He questions whether the
West has lost its moral compass by adopting ideas that reject humanity and undermine democracy. He concludes this erosion of human rights poses a threat to the very democratic values that define Western society.

Join us for this special screening and Q&A with Julian Burnside AO QC.

ThursdayJul 052018

Boats and Beyond: A frank talk about refugee policy and solutions, presented by the Biennale of Sydney and UNSW’s Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law

Ai Weiwei’s Law of the Journey, 2017, an imposing installation featuring a 60-metre-long boat crowded with hundreds of anonymous refugee figures, provokes this frank discussion of Australia’s response to asylum seekers arriving by boat – and today’s approach to refugees globally.

What is the relevance of the 1951 Refugee Convention when more people have been forced to flee their homes now than at any time since the World War? How does international law influence domestic politics around the world? What are the repercussions of Australia’s bipartisan policy of offshore processing on Manus and Nauru, and is the country prepared to deal with current crises, such as the Rohingya exodus from Myanmar, or future pressures of people displaced by climate change?

SaturdayMay 262018

Making the Global Compacts Work: What future for refugees and migrants?

Will migrants and refugees move in a safer, better managed international system thanks to two Global Compacts now under negotiation? To examine this question, the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law and the New School’s Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility, are releasing "Making the Global Compacts Work: What future for refugees and migrants?".

Please join us on 23 April in New York for a special lunchtime conversation to launch this latest in the Kaldor Centre’s milestone Policy Brief series, which brings legal academic rigour to practical contemporary policy questions.

MondayApr 232018

Refugee Deterrence and Diplomacy: How states influence each other's asylum policies

You are invited to this special discussion
with UNSW’s Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, Macquarie University Law School,
and the Australian Institute for International Affairs NSW

TuesdayApr 172018

What’s so special about Canada? How ordinary Canadians successfully sponsor refugees

Thousands of Canadians – businesses, church and community groups – have decided to sponsor refugees in the past couple of years. Why? How does it work? And are there lessons for Australia and other countries in their experience?

MondayMar 122018

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