Event details
Event Start Date: 26/11/2019
Event End Date: 26/11/2019
Time: 9:00am-5:00pm

Venue: Law theatre, GO4, Law Building, UNSW Sydney (F8 on the campus map)

 Kaldor Centre Annual Conference 2019
Good decisions: Achieving fairness in refugee law, policy and practice

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Every day, decisions are made about whether people need international protection because they are at risk of persecution or other forms of serious harm. A variety of people make these life-or-death calls – immigration officials at the airport, tribunal members and judges, public servants, even Ministers themselves. In another sense, the decisions are also made by the general public, because the politicians they elect to public office will shape the overall approach. This conference explores aspects of refugee decision-making from the micro to the macro level – from individual cases through to wider public policy. It asks how we can ensure that refugee decision-making is fair, transparent and protection-sensitive, with outcomes that are consistent with international law.

 

Keynote Speaker

 

A former litigator, Hilary Evans Cameron represented refugee claimants for a decade and now holds a doctorate in refugee law from the University of Toronto. Her research explores refugee status decision-making with a focus on credibility assessment. She is the author Refugee Law’s Fact-finding Crisis: Truth, Risk, and the Wrong Mistake (Cambridge 2018). Dr Evans Cameron was the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s 2017 Bora Laskin National Fellow in Human Rights Research. She is a lecturer at Trinity College in the University of Toronto in the Ethics, Society and Law program and an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School.

 

Conference Fees

Prices are inclusive of GST and booking fees.    

     Early bird fee (by 30 September 2019)

          Standard Registration $160
          NGO/Student Registration $100

     Regular fee (from 1 October 2019)

          Standard Registration $200
          NGO/Student Registration $140

Conference lunch and break refreshments will be provided by the House of WelcomeThe House of Welcome catering social enterprise creates connections through cultural and fusion-inspired cuisine made by people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds.

   

 Enquiries: please contact us at kaldorcentre@unsw.edu.au

 @kaldorcentre  #Kaldor2019

 

Conference Sponsors

The Kaldor Centre would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support of the 2019 Annual Conference. To discuss available sponsorship opportunities please contact Frances Voon, Executive Manager at: Frances.Voon@unsw.edu.au.

                                     

 

 Draft Program

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)

9.30–10.30

Opening keynote address

Dr Hilary Evans Cameron (University of Toronto)

10.30–11.00

Break

11.00–12.30

Panel 1 – Deciding refugee claims

 

What factors enhance (or impede) good refugee decision-making on a case-by-case basis? This session explores how procedures and processes affect the way decisions are made, and the impacts they have on the lives of those affected by them.

 

Regina Jefferies (Scientia PhD scholar, Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, UNSW)

 

Edward Santow (Human Rights Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission)

 

Mary Anne Kenny (Associate Professor, School of Law, Murdoch University)

 

Professor Nicholas Procter (Chair, Mental Health Nursing, University of South Australia)

12.30–13.30

Lunch

 

13.30–15.00

Panel 2 – Good policy, good politics?

 

How do we ensure that decisions that shape our laws and public policy result in fair, transparent and protection-oriented outcomes? This session explores the interaction (and dissonance) between public attitudes on refugees, the lived experiences of refugees, and sweeping Ministerial powers to decide refugees’ fates without judicial oversight or review.

 

Najeeba Wazefadost (President, Hazara Women of Australia)

 

Dr Sangeetha Pillai (Senior Research Associate, Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, UNSW)

 

Professor Jolanda Jetten (School of Psychology, University of Queensland)

15.00–15.30

Break

15.30–16.45

Panel 3  Q&A:  Getting to good decisions

 

This panel is an interactive discussion with decision-makers working across the spectrum of assessing protection claims in Australia. How do decisions by government officials impact on what the tribunal and courts can do? What does it mean for the courts to conduct judicial review, but not merits review? What factors might result in a decision being overturned?

 

Shahyar Roushan (Senior Member, Administrative Appeals Tribunal)

 

Justice Melissa Perry (Judge, Federal Court of Australia)

 

(TBA)

16.45–17.00

Vote of thanks

 

Cover photo courtesy of UNHCR/Will Swanson

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