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

Kaldor Centre Conference 2017

The Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration

24 November 2017

Law Theatre G04, Ground Floor
Law Building, UNSW Kensington Campus

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 Kaldor Centre Conference 2017 takes stock of where we are so far, and anticipates what developments we will see in the lead-up to their adoption in 2018.

Will the Global Compacts represent a turning point in the global governance of human movement?  Will they promote new international standards and responses?  Or will they simply reflect the status quo?  And what will this mean for Australia and the world?

With more people on the move than ever before, the Kaldor Centre Conference 2017 will bring together leading international and local experts involved in the process to share their insights and projections.

Keynote Speaker

Professor Elizabeth Ferris is internationally recognised as a leading expert on forced migration. She has been closely involved in a range of international negotiations relating to displacement, including the 2016 UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants in New York.

She is a research professor at Georgetown University and a non-resident senior fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution. She served for nine years as a Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the Brookings Project on Internal Displacement and as an adjunct professor in Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. Professor Ferris previously spent 20 years working in the field of international humanitarian response. She has served as Chair of the International Council of Voluntary Agencies, as Research Director for the Life & Peace Institute in Uppsala, Sweden, and Director of the Church World Service Immigration and Refugee Program in New York. She has been a professor at several universities in the United States and served as a Fulbright professor to the Universidad Autónoma de México in Mexico City. Her current research interests focus on the politics of humanitarian action and on the role of civil society in protecting displaced populations.

Professor Ferris has written extensively on humanitarian and human rights issues, and is the author of the Kaldor Centre Policy Brief, In search of commitments: The 2016 refugee summits

Download the Conference Program including biographies of speakers.

Conference Fees: 
'Early bird' fee (by 27 October 2017)
      Standard Registration $120
      NGO/Student Registration $80 

Regular fee (after 27 October 2017)
      Standard Registration $150
      NGO/Student Registration $100 

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8.30–9.00                 Registration

9.00–9.30                 The year in review

Professor Guy S Goodwin-Gill, Acting Director, Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, UNSW Sydney

9.30–10.30                 Keynote address

‘Negotiating two new Global Compacts: Processes, politics and problems‘, Professor Elizabeth Ferris, Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University

Chaired by Andrew Kaldor, Founder, Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, UNSW Sydney

10.30–11.00                 Break

11.00–12.30                 Panel 1 - Global Compact on Refugees: Evolution or revolution?

‘Seeking new ways forward: the politics, process and potential of the Global Compact on Refugees', Dr Madeline Garlick, Chief of the Protection Policy and Legal Advice Section, Division of International Protection, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

‘Can UNHCR provide a ‘shared responsibility’ in countries of origin?’, Dr Phil Orchard, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Queensland

‘Refugee Women and Girls in the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework’, Dr Linda Bartolemei and Associate Professor Eileen Pittaway, School of Social Sciences, UNSW Sydney

Chaired by Huy Truong, Chief Executive Officer, ALI Group and member of the Kaldor Centre Advisory Committee

12.30–1.30                 Lunch

1.30–3.00                   Panel 2 - Global Compact on Safe, Regular and Orderly Migration: Who, what, why?

'Governance without Purpose? Grounding, Measuring and Influencing State Performance on Migration', Professor Alexander Betts, Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs and Director, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford

‘Global Policy Shopping and Bad Diaspora Practices’, Associate Professor Alan Gamlen, Director of the Hugo Centre for Population and Migration Research, School of Social Sciences, University of Adelaide

‘UN Global Compact on Migration, and preventing migrant smuggling and human trafficking’, Fiona David, Executive Director of Global Research, Walk Free Foundation

Chaired by Kate Eastman SC, Barrister, Six St James Chambers, Sydney and member of the Kaldor Centre Advisory Committee

3.00–3.30                   Break

3.30–4.45                   Panel 3 - Global Compacts - processes, content and expectations

David Wilden, First Assistant Secretary, Immigration and Citizenship Policy Division, Department of Immigration and Border Protection

Jamie Isbister, First Assistant Secretary, Humanitarian Coordinator, Humanitarian NGOs and Partnerships Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Thomas Albrecht, Regional Representative for New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Rifaie Tammas, Refugee and PhD candidate, Macquarie University

Chaired by Professor Elizabeth Ferris, Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University

4.45–5.00                   Vote of thanks

Professor George Williams, Dean of Law, UNSW Sydney

The Kaldor Centre would like to thank

not-for-profit sponsors, Wotton+Kearney, for their support enabling community organisations to participate in the Kaldor Centre Conference 2017.