Launch of Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness – 26.03.18

The Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness was officially launched on 26 March 2018 at Melbourne Law School.

It was established with the objective of undertaking research, teaching and engagement activities aimed at reducing statelessness and protecting the rights of stateless people in Australia, the Asia Pacific region, and as appropriate more broadly.

The Centre on Statelessness will fill a critical gap in academic research and engagement on the issue of statelessness and is currently the only university resident and supported institute of its type.Leading experts on statelessness discussed the scale and scope of the global challenge of statelessness, the impact of statelessness, the role of the United Nations, including the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in addressing the challenge, and the role of academic research in contributing to the eradication of statelessness.

Guest speakers included:

  • Dr Fernand de Varennes RP, Doyen, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues
  • Ms Erika Feller, Professional Fellow, Melbourne School of Government, and former Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, UNHCR
  • Professor Kim Rubenstein, Australian National University

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