Conversations on Refugees: International and Australian perspectives on responsibilities
The panel explored the important issue of responsibility for refugee protection with a focus on Australian and European experiences.
About this event
This panel event at the University of Melbourne explored the important issue of responsibility for refugee protection from a variety of perspectives. It examined current international challenges, with a specific focus on the Australian and European experiences, and assessed the implications of the changing narratives about responsibility, including how responsibility is exercised or avoided. It scrutinised how international obligations to provide protection to refugees are being undermined. Panelists explored the implications of recent policy shifts about what constitutes an acceptable response to refugee protection. It discussed the direct impact of these shifts on the people seeking such protection and on the society in which they seek to settle.
This event was held as part of the EU-funded Jean Monnet Erasmus+ Network grant (599660 EPP-1-2018-1-AU-EPPJMO-NETWORK) The Comparative Network on Refugee Externalisation Policies (CONREP), and international, interdisciplinary network of experts from six universities in Australia and Europe.
The panel was moderated by Misha Ketchell from The Conversation Australia.
The event took place on Monday 25 November 2019 from 6.00pm to 7.30pm and was followed by a Reception from 7.30pm to 8.15pm.
The Panelists were
- Professor Catherine Wihtol de Wenden, Director of research at CNRS (CERI)
- Professor Michelle Foster, Inaugural Director of the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness at the Melbourne Law School, the University of Melbourne
- Dr Claire Loughnan, Lecturer in Criminology, School of Social and Political Sciences, the University of Melbourne
- Dr Ali Reza Yunespour, Internship coordinator, School of Social and Political Sciences, the University of Melbourne