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Kaldor Centre Conference 2018 - Refugee Diplomacy: Negotiating protection in a changing world

Foreign policy bears directly on refugee policy. Today both policy agendas are feeling the twin pressures of nationalism and globalisation, and the long-prevailing rules-based order is now contested. What does this mean for people seeking protection, and for the international legal regime that has governed refugee movements since the Second World War, finding solutions for millions of displaced, even as millions more now face an uncertain future in protracted situations? Can international dialogue promote better cooperation and accountability for protecting displaced people? How do international legal norms inform, and become shaped through, diplomatic negotiations? What are the prospects for protecting displaced people in the Asia-Pacific region, and what role does and can Australia play in this endeavour?

FridayNov 232018

The future of refugee litigation: what role can academic research play?

Refugee litigation in Australia is a complex field, often involving pro bono practice, shifting fact scenarios, and intersecting areas of law. This Kaldor Centre workshop is aimed at leading and emerging law academics, refugee law practitioners and NGOs in the refugee sector, and will explore ways in which academic research might better support strategic refugee litigation.

TuesdayNov 132018

Special presentation by Canada’s Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen on refugees, migrants and integration

He came to Canada at 16, a Somali seeking asylum, and now Ahmed Hussen is the country’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. Join this lawyer, refugee and national leader on Friday 31 August, at UNSW’s Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, to hear his singular insights into Canada’s efforts to successfully integrate new citizens.

FridayAug 312018

Good evidence, bad politics: Overcoming the noise in climate change and migration policy

Evidence matters. Yet even before “fake news” became a political weapon, it’s been notoriously difficult to get evidence into the policymaking process. How can we keep good evidence from being overwhelmed by bad politics?

Join us as three world-renowned experts talk about their experience from the front lines of research and policymaking in contentious areas – climate change, refugees and, where the two meet, climate change- and disaster-related displacement.

ThursdayAug 232018

Community-led refugee sponsorship: What can Australia learn from the UK experience?

Ordinary citizens around the world are coming together to sponsor refugees, an experience that can transform individual lives and strengthen communities. As Australia is now shaping its own refugee private sponsorship initiative, it’s a critical time to learn from international best practice.

ThursdayJul 262018

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