Event details
Event Start Date: 17/11/2020
Event End Date: 20/11/2020
Time: 11am 17 November - 11am 20 November 2020

17-20 November 2020


Watch all the panel sessions here


A virus has laid bare our interconnectedness – for better or worse. While we have seen acts of solidarity and compassion around the world, we have also seen borders slam shut and reasoned debate give way to fear and rage. Under the cover of COVID-19, laws and norms have started to shift away from long-held principles. UNSW’s Kaldor Centre Virtual Conference 2020 brings together leading thinkers from around the world with diverse perspectives to explore what the post-pandemic world will look like for refugees and other forced migrants.  

Setting the agenda 

Over several days, we will explore the big issues facing the refugee protection regime over the next decade. Our ambitious, agenda-setting program will unpack where we stand in the wake of COVID-19, where we are going, and what can be done to promote refugee protection in the face of emerging challenges.  

Global reach, diverse voices​

Harnessing the opportunities of going online, we will welcome speakers and delegates from across the globe. Sessions are designed to be accessible around the world - with live sessions scheduled for easy viewing in multiple timezones, and quick playback options for those who can’t join in real time 

 Not just talk​

This will be more than just a series of talks. Breakout sessions and discussion boards will promote engagement and exchange amongst delegates across the world. For those who wish to connect, there will be the opportunity create profiles and chat one-on-one or in groups on topics of shared interest. 



Speakers included:

 E Tendayi Achiume, UN Special Rapporteur on Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance

Michael Ignatieff, President and Rector, Central European University

Gillian Triggs, UNHCR’s Assistant High Commissioner for Protection

Cecilia Jimenez-Damary, Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons 

Tey El-Rjula, author and tech entrepreneur

Nyadol Nyuon, lawyer, community advocate and writer

...and many more.


Main image credit: UNHCR/Diego Ibarra Sanchez


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