Event details
Event Start Date: 18/11/2016
Event End Date: 18/11/2016
Time: 9.00am - 5.30pm

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


Annual Conference 2016

From refugee emergency to protracted exile: The role of 'time' in international protection


On the 18 November 2016, the Kaldor Centre hosted its third annual conference, entitled ‘From refugee emergency to protracted exile: The role of “time” in international protection’. The conference explored 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? 

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Save the date: Kaldor Centre Annual Conference 2017, 24 November 2017


8.30 – 9.00 Registration
9.00 – 9.30 Welcome and introductory remarks: The year in review

Professor Jane McAdam, Director, Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, UNSW 

9.30 – 10.30 Opening keynote address

Jean-François Durieux, former Director at UNHCR Geneva [Paper]

Chaired by Renata Kaldor AO, Founder, Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, UNSW

10.30 – 11.00 Break
11.00 – 12.30 Panel 1: Time and refugee status determination

‘It’s about time’: The role of time in protection status determination procedures under the Migration Act
Linda Kirk, Migration Law Program, Australian National University [Slides]

Time and the assessment of risk in refugee status determination
Bruce Burson, New Zealand Immigration and Protection Tribunal  [Paper]

Pathways to refugee trauma recovery: What does the psychological and neurobiological research tell us? 
Professor Richard Bryant & Dr Belinda Liddell, School of Psychology, UNSW [Slides]

Chaired by Farid Varess, Special Counsel, Fragomen

12.30 – 1.30 Lunch
1.30 – 3.00 Panel 2: Creeping crises: From emergency to development

Minding the humanitarian–development gap in refugee response: Where do we stand?
Frances Voon, Executive Manager, Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, UNSW [Paper]

The notion of ‘crisis’: Do we need to rethink the links between mobility, development and inequality?
Professor Stephen Castles, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, University of Sydney [Slides]

A crisis of political imaginary: Categorising mobile populations and the ambivalence of a categorised life 
Associate Professor Claudia Tazreiter, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, UNSW [Paper]

Chaired by Dr Eileen Pittaway, founding Director of the Centre for Refugee Research, UNSW

3.00 – 3.30 Break
3.30 – 4.40 Panel 3: Q&A discussion: How do law and policy shape refugees' experience of time?

Sarah Dale, Principal Solicitor, Refugee Advice & Casework Service

Professor Ben Saul, Faculty of Law, University of Sydney

Shukufa Tahiri, Policy Assistant, Refugee Council of Australia

Chaired by Professor Jane McAdam, Director, Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, UNSW

4.40 – 5.25 Closing keynote address

Professor François Crépeau, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants [Video]

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

5.25 – 5.30 Vote of thanks

The Kaldor Centre Annual Conference is proudly supported by our Keynote Speaker Sponsor, Fragomen, our Not-For-Profit Sponsor, law firm Wotton + Kearney and the generous donation of Penelope Seidler AM.

Fragomen Worldwide    Wotton + Kearney

Inaugural address on the international protection of refugees, presented by UNHCR's Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Volker Türk, was held directly after the Kaldor Centre Conference.  Video from this event is available here


The Kaldor Centre plays a vital role in developing legal, sustainable and humane solutions for displaced people around the world.