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On the 23 November 2018, the Kaldor Centre hosted its fifth annual conference, entitled ‘Refugee Diplomacy: Negotiating protection in a changing world'’. This panel discussion focused on displacement and diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific and was chaired by Renata Kaldor AO, Founder, Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, UNSW Sydney.  Panellist and presentations include:

  • Second track diplomacy on displacement in the region: The Asia Dialogue on Forced Migration
    Travers McLeod, Chief Executive Officer, Centre for Policy Development
  • ‘Refugee diplomacy’ in turbulent times: Perspectives on the role of civil society in the Asia-Pacific Rights Network 
    Tamara Domicelj, Regional Refugee Protection Adviser, Act for Peace and Asia Pacific Refugee
  • Responsibility-sharing and the Asia-Pacific
    Professor Penelope Mathew, Law School, Griffith University

A full program, along with conference papers and presentations, can be found here.

iTunes subscribePodcast: Conference 2018 - Panel 2 - Displacement and diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific
Recorded: 23 November 2018

About the Speaker

Travers McLeod has been Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Policy Development (CPD) since 2014. He leads CPD’s strategic and policy agenda, working across each of the policy programs. Dr McLeod began his career in public law, working for the State Solicitor’s Office in Western Australia and for Justice Michael Kirby in the High Court of Australia. He holds a DPhil and MPhil (Dist) in International Relations from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes scholar and was a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations. He worked as a Policy Adviser for the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford, playing a lead role in its 2013 report Now for the Long Term. His first book, Rule of Law in War, was published by Oxford University Press in 2015. He remains an Associate of the Oxford Martin School and holds adjunct positions at the University of Melbourne and the University of Western Australia.

Tamara Domicelj is the Regional Refugee Protection Advocacy Lead with Act for Peace and the focal point on the Global Compact on Refugees for the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN). Ms Domicelj has held a range of elected positions on the APRRN Steering Committee over a seven-year period. Her previous roles include: Director of the Asylum Seekers Centre of NSW, National Policy Director of the Refugee Council of Australia, Refugee Advocacy Coordinator with Oxfam Australia, Senior Policy Officer with the Australian Human Rights Commission, and Coordinator of the Families in Cultural Transition Program with the Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors NSW. She holds a Master of International Social Development from UNSW Sydney’s former Centre for Refugee Research. 

Penelope Mathew is a research professor at Griffith Law School, where she served as Dean from June 2014 to June 2018. Her primary area of expertise is international refugee law. Immediately before her appointment as the Griffith Law School Dean and Head of School, she held a research chair at the Herbert & Valmae Freilich Foundation at the Australian National University. Prior to that, she was a visiting professor and interim Director of the Program in Refugee and Asylum Law at the University of Michigan Law School, where she convened the 5th Michigan Colloquium on Challenges in International Refugee Law. From 2006–08, she was a legal adviser to the ACT Human Rights Commission, where she conducted the Human Rights audit of the ACT’s Correctional Facilities. She has also taught at the Australian National University College of Law and Melbourne Law School and is a past Editor-In-Chief of the Australian Yearbook of International Law. Her most recent book, co-authored with Tristan Harley, is Refugees, Regionalism and Responsibility (Elgar, 2016).





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