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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 negotiating protection on the international stage and was chaired by Thomas Albrecht, UNHCR’s Regional Representative for Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific.  Panellist and presentations include:

  • Cooperation, compromise and commitments: The Global Compact on Refugees
    Professor Guy S Goodwin-Gill, Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, UNSW Sydney
  • The link between safety and orderly migration
    Marianne Dickie, Visiting Fellow, Australian National University College of Law
  • Refugee rights at risk: Evolving barriers to asylum, eroding protections
    Bill Frelick, Director, Refugee Program, Human Rights Watch

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

iTunes subscribePodcast: Conference 2018 - Panel 1 - Negotiating protection on the international stage
Recorded: 23 November 2018

About the Speaker

Guy S Goodwin-Gill is Professor of Law at the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW Sydney. He is also Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford and Emeritus Professor of International Refugee Law at the University of Oxford, and formerly practised as a barrister from Blackstone Chambers in London. He has held academic appointments in the UK, Canada and the Netherlands, and has been a Visiting Professorial Fellow at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, and the European University Institute in Florence. He has published widely in the areas of international refugee law, human rights law and humanitarian law, as well as on child soldiers and free and fair elections. He is a Patron of Asylum Aid in the UK, was the President of Refugee & Migrant Justice (London) for 13 years, President of the Media Appeals Board of Kosovo from 2000–03, and the Founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Refugee Law (1988–2001). Between 1976–88, he worked for UNHCR in various roles, including as Senior Legal Research Officer, Legal Adviser (Europe and North America Bureau), Deputy Chief Resettlement, and Legal Adviser (Australia and New Zealand). He obtained his BA (Honours), MA and doctorate from the University of Oxford.

Marianne Dickie is a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University (ANU) College of Law. She has worked as a practitioner and academic in the field of migration law since 1993. Her academic career began in 2007 and she was Director of the Migration Law Program at ANU until 2015. As an academic, she regularly contributed to Senate inquiries, law reviews and public commentary. In 2007, she established a pro bono migration clinic in the ACT providing support previously unavailable to local migrants; the clinic continues today under the auspices of ACT Legal Aid. Her commitment to human rights was recognised by the community in 2012 when she was a finalist for the ACT Australian of the Year. Prior to working at the ANU, Ms Dickie was the immigration adviser for the Australian Democrats. In 2018, she assisted Senator Andrew Bartlett with immigration case work whilst undertaking her doctoral studies.

Bill Frelick has served as the Director of Human Rights Watch’s Refugee Program since 2015, through which he monitors, investigates and documents human rights abuses against refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced persons, and advocates for the rights of forcibly displaced persons worldwide. From 2002–05, Mr Frelick was the director of Amnesty International USA’s Refugee Program. He was also previously the director of the US Committee for Refugees (USCR), which he served for 18 years (1984–02). He was the editor of USCR’s annual World Refugee Survey and monthly Refugee Reports. He has travelled to refugee sites throughout the world and is widely published.




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