In Conversation: Gillian Triggs, Erika Feller and David Manne
Free Public Lecture
Lecture Theatre G08
Melbourne Law School
185 Pelham Street
T: +613 9035 4836
The Melbourne School of Government is proud to present Prof. Gillian Triggs, Prof. Erika Feller, and Mr David Manne 'In Conversation'. David will facilitate an informal conversation between Prof. Triggs and Prof. Feller, discussing the current political climate regarding migration, and the relationship between migration and modern democratic systems. What is the role of research in an era of forced detention and family separation? How can research and practice inform each other to address current challenges? The session will conclude with questions & answers and refreshments.
The session will also briefly provide some introductory information about the Melbourne School of Government's Doctoral Academy - a new initiative to be launched in early 2019.
Mr David Manne, Executive Director
Mr David Manne
David Manne is a human rights lawyer and Executive Director of Refugee Legal (previously the Refugee & Immigration Legal Centre (RILC)). He has worked in various capacities assisting refugees and asylum seekers for over 20 years. In January 2001, he joined Refugee Legal, at the forefront of defending the rights, the dignity and the lives of asylum seekers, refugees and disadvantaged migrants. David sat on the Board of the Refugee Council of Australia for seven years, and is currently on the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture Ethics Committee, and a number of peak Government consultative bodies. He has also been appointed to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Advisory Board of Eminent Persons. He has been invited to attend and present at the UN High Commissioner's Dialogue on Protection Challenges on numerous occasions.
Ms Erika Feller, Vice-Chancellor Fellow at Melbourne School of Government and former UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner
Ms Erika Feller
Vice-Chancellor Fellow at Melbourne School of Government and former UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner
Melbourne School of Government
From 2005 to April 2013 Ms Feller held the post of Assistant High Commissioner (Protection), one of the four top management positions with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. This was the culmination of a 26 year long career with UNHCR, and had been preceded by 14 years service as an Australian diplomat, in Canberra and overseas. For UNHCR, Ms Feller served both in Geneva and in the field. She was the initiator and manager of the 20012 Global Consultations on International Protection, which generated the Agenda for Protection, the internationally endorsed global "road map" on protection policy for refugees. She has visited all major refugee situations during her time with UNHCR, and is broadly respected as a refugee law advocate who has been widely published. She was made a Fellow of the Australian Institute of International Affairs. Most recently she has taken up an appointment as Vice Chancellor's Fellow at The University of Melbourne.
Professor Emeritus Gillian Triggs, University of Melbourne
Professor Emeritus Gillian Triggs
University of Melbourne
Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs is the former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, and the new Chair of Justice Connect, a nonprofit dedicated to connecting people locked out of the justice system with free legal help. She is also Vice Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne and Vice President of the Asian Development Bank Tribunal. Gillian was Dean of the Faculty of Law and Challis Professor of International Law at the University of Sydney from 200712 and Director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law from 200507. She is a former barrister and a Governor of the College of Law. She graduated in Law from the University of Melbourne in 1968 and gained a PhD in 1982. Gillian has combined an academic career with international commercial legal practice and has advised the Australian and other governments and international organisations on international legal and trade disputes. After her tenure with the Australian Human Rights Commission ended, Gillian joined Justice Connect as Chair to pursue her commitment to ensuring that all people have a fair chance to access justice, including people experiencing homelessness, elder abuse, family violence and financial exploitation. PostHRC, Gillian is focused on helping lawyers ‘get out of the office’ and meet people who need legal help where they live. She is also the author of many books and papers on international law, the most recent *Speaking Up* will be published by Melbourne University Publishing in October 2018.