Melbourne Law School’s Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness was established in 2018 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 focus of the Centre is to develop teaching, research and engagement projects with three major aims:
- To properly understand the scope, scale and reasons for statelessness in order to develop targeted and effective responses to it;
- To work towards reducing and, over time, eliminating statelessness; and
- Until statelessness is eliminated, working to protect the human rights of stateless people within the countries in which they reside.
The Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness offers opportunities for collaboration, debate and information sharing through conferences, round tables and visiting fellowships. The Centre also supports the work of the University of Melbourne’s Hallmark Statelessness Research Initiative.
The Centre has been established by a very generous philanthropic gift over 10 years from Peter and Ruth McMullin, and has strong support from the University of Melbourne, including in particular the Melbourne School of Government, in recognition of the inter-disciplinary nature of the issues.
CONTACT THE PETER MCMULLIN CENTRE ON STATELESSNESS
Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness
Melbourne Law School
University of Melbourne
Parkville VIC 3010
Join the mailing list
Professor Michelle Foster
Michelle Foster is a Professor and the inaugural Director of the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness at Melbourne Law School. Michelle has published widely in the field of international refugee law, including International Refugee Law and Socio-Economic Rights: Refuge from Deprivation (CUP, 2007) and, with James Hathaway, The Law of Refugee Status, Second Edition, (CUP, 2014). Michelle’s most recent publications explore various legal issues concerning the recognition and protection of stateless persons, including a monograph with Professor Helene Lambert, entitled The Protection of Stateless Persons in International Refugee Law (forthcoming OUP, 2018). Michelle teaches Refugee Law and International Refugee Law at Melbourne Law School, and in 2017 taught in the International Summer School in Forced Migration at Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre.
Professor Carolyn Evans - Chair
Professor Carolyn Evans is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Graduate) and Harrison Moore Professor of Law at the University of Melbourne. Carolyn has degrees in Arts and Law from Melbourne University and a doctorate from Oxford University where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar and where she held a stipendiary lectureship for two years before returning to Melbourne in 2000. She worked for a period as a lawyer at Blake Dawson Waldron after graduating from Melbourne. In 2010, Carolyn was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholarship to allow her to travel as a Visiting Fellow at American and Emory Universities to examine questions of comparative religious freedom.
Carolyn is the author of Legal Protection of Religious Freedom in Australia (Federation Press 2011), Religious Freedom under the European Court of Human Rights (OUP 2001) and co-author of Australian Bills of Rights: The Law of the Victorian Charter and the ACT Human Rights Act (LexisNexis 2008). She is co-editor of Religion and International Law (1999, Kluwer); Mixed Blessings: Laws, Religions and Women's Rights in the Asia-Pacific Region (2006 Martinus Nijhoff) and Law and Religion in Historical and Theoretical Perspective (CUP 2008). She is an internationally recognised expert on religious freedom and the relationship between law and religion and has spoken on these topics in the United States, United Kingdom, Russia, China, Greece, Vietnam, India, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Malaysia, Nepal and Australia.
Professor Hilary Charlesworth
Hilary Charlesworth is a Melbourne Laureate Professor at Melbourne Law School. She is also a Distinguished Professor at the Australian National University. Her research includes the structure of the international legal system, peacebuilding, human rights law and international humanitarian law and international legal theory, particularly feminist approaches to international law. Hilary has held both an Australian Research Council Federation Fellowship (2005-2010) and an ARC Laureate Fellowship (2010-2015). Hilary is a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, an associate member of the Institut de Droit International and served as judge ad hoc in the International Court of Justice in the Whaling in the Antarctic Case (2011-2014).
Ms Erika Feller
From 2014 to 2017 Erika Feller held the appointment of Vice-Chancellor's Fellow at the University of Melbourne, located in the Melbourne School of Government. She is currently a Professorial Fellow in the School of Government, serving at the same time in various advisory capacities outside the University, including as a member of the Research Advisory Committee of the Humanitarian Advisory Group, a social enterprise working to elevate the profile of humanitarian action in Asia and the Pacific.
Erika’s experience with the statelessness portfolio spans many years at very high levels of seniority. UNHCR is the agency in the UN system with the mandate to protect and assist stateless persons. This is predominantly a protection function. Erika oversaw the protection policy and delivery in UNHCR for over 13 years, first in her capacity as Director of the Division of International Protection and then during her 7 years as UNHCR’s Assistant High Commissioner for Protection.
Prior to these respective appointments she had, among others, progressively senior positions within DIP, each of which regularly involved her in activities on behalf of stateless people. These activities have variously included running a series of training courses on the statelessness protection framework for Government officials throughout the Baltic countries; undertaking advocacy missions to countries hosting large groups of stateless persons [for example Vietnam and Thailand, Albania and Montenegro]; visiting stateless populations and discussing possible solutions with host states [notably the Rohingyas in Myanmar]; participating in consultations on the drafting of citizenship laws in an effort to avoid statelessness [for example in Sudan, prior to the breakup of the country into two]; overseeing promotional activities like the drafting of the joint UNHCR/IPU Handbook for Parliamentarians on Statelessness; addressing UN meetings in New York on statelessness; and engagement on numerous stateless cases under UNHCR’s mandate. Most recently she was instrumental in organising the UNHCR/Melbourne University Workshop on Researching Statelessness and Citizenship in Asia and the Pacific held at Melbourne Law School from 27-29 January 2016.
Ms Santi Kusumaningrum
Santi Kusumaningrum leads PUSKAPA or the Center on Child Protection and Wellbeing PUSKAPA at Universitas Indonesia after she co-founded it in 2010. PUSKAPA positions itself as a research and policy advocacy organization that is data-driven, interdisciplinary, and effective in communicating the science behind solutions to improve children’s access to health, education, justice, and social care. Her previous work experiences include managing child protection program in UNICEF Indonesia for over six years, both in the development and humanitarian contexts, teach and research-assisting in the Criminology Department Universitas Indonesia, and for a short period helping to set up a legal aid service unit in the Indonesian Bar Association. Through PUSKAPA, she commits to applying rigor in situating child wellbeing in the center of development and humanitarian actions.
Santi focuses her work to understand what makes or breaks child wellbeing and resilience; to address challenges concerning legal identity and personhood so that they facilitate -not discriminate, people’s access to public services, justice, and economic opportunities; and to master the politics of evidence-based policy transformations to realize social inclusions in Indonesia. She had published her research on social exclusion in legal identity system in Indonesia on, among others The Lancet, PLOS One, and Bio Med Journal. She also sits on the Advisory Board of Care and Protection of Children Learning Network (CPC). She is in the process of getting her Doctorate in Public Health from Columbia University and has been awarded with Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health Award of Excellence in Global Health, in 2017. She hopes to graduate in 2018.
Dr Maryanne Loughry
Dr Maryanne Loughry is a Sister of Mercy and psychologist and has worked internationally in refugee settings. She commenced her refugee work with the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in South East Asia in 1988. Her doctoral study investigated the effects of detention on unaccompanied children.
From 1996-2004 Dr Loughry was the Pedro Arrupe tutor at the University of Oxford Refugee Studies Centre from where she conducted research, programme evaluations and humanitarian training in the Middle East, Africa, the Balkans, South East Asia and the UK. Presently Dr Loughry is a Research Professor at the School of Social Work, Boston College, Massachusetts and a Research Associate at the Refugee Studies Centre (RSC), University of Oxford.
Dr Loughry is a member of the Australian Government's Minister of Immigration' Advisory Council on Asylum Seekers and Detention (MCASD) and serves on the Governing Committee of the International Catholic Migration Committee (ICMC). She is researching the psychosocial effects of climate-induced displacement in the Pacific. In 2010 Dr Loughry was made a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia for service to refugees.
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.
David has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the Law Institute of Victoria Paul Baker Prize for Administrative and Human Rights Law, the Law Institute President’s Awards (2006 and 2011), was shortlisted for the Australian Human Rights Commission Human Rights Medal in 2011 and been frequently named as one of Australia’s Leading Immigration Lawyers in the Australian edition of Best Lawyers.
David headed Refugee Legal’s legal teams in successfully arguing 10 out of 10 High Court challenges, including the cases of Plaintiff M61 (regarding the Government’s ‘offshore processing’ regime in Australia); Plaintiffs M70/M106 (the ‘Malaysia Solution’ case); Plaintiff M47 (challenging security assessment and indefinite detention of a refugee); Plaintiff M76 (regarding indefinite detention of a refugee on security grounds); Plaintiff M150 (challenge by a 15 year old unaccompanied refugee in relation to the Government’s attempt to bar permanent protection through a visa cap); and Plaintiff S89 (challenging a Government regulation designed to bar boat arrivals from permanent protection).
Mr Peter McMullin
Peter McMullin has an extensive legal and business career encompassing prominent roles in both the public and private sectors.
Peter is the current Chairman and Director of privately owned, diversified investment company McMullin Group and Special Counsel for Cornwall Stodart Lawyers, specialising in improving outcomes for the firm and its clients by facilitating meaningful connections between like-minded people.
Throughout Peter’s career, he has had a deep-seated interest in community affairs. He has consistently used his professional experience and network to further causes that he feels deeply and passionately about.
Peter’s belief is that the private sector has an important role to play in the resolution of many of our pressing social issues. He has made a significant contribution throughout his career forging positive, constructive partnerships between the private sector and governments, the not-for-profit sector and educational institutions.
Director of the Division of International Protection, UNHCR ex-officio*
Ms. O’Hara is an Irish national. She holds a law degree from Trinity College Dublin and was called to the Bar in Ireland in 1992. After two years of service with the Free Legal Advice Centres in Dublin she opted for an international career and joined UNHCR in 1994 as a United Nations Volunteer.
In 24 years with UNHCR she has served in a variety of functions and operational settings spanning a wide range of protection related responsibilities. Her postings have included: Mexico; the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia; Kosovo; Burundi; Sudan; the Caribbean; the United States of America; Afghanistan; Syria; Iraq and Jordan.
She took up her current assignment as Director of the Division of International Protection on 1 June 2018 following a preceding stint as Deputy Director at UNHCR’s Office in New York.
Ms Timnah Baker
Timnah Rachel Baker (BA/LLB Monash University and LLM Boston College) commenced as a Research Fellow at the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness on the 1st March 2018. She is currently a PhD candidate at Sydney Law School. From 2009 - 2017 she was based at Harvard University as a Research Associate for the International Migration Policy and Law Analysis (IMPALA) project, and was a Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.
Mr Christoph Sperfeldt
Christoph Sperfeldt commenced as a Senior Research Fellow at the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness on the 1st June 2018. He is currently a doctoral candidate at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), Australian National University. Christoph came to the issue of statelessness from a bottom-up perspective, examining the development and peace implications resulting from the marginalisation of vulnerable populations. Christoph brings to the role more than ten years of experience in researching and working on human rights, statelessness and transitional justice, predominantly in the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to joining the Centre, he was Deputy Director at the Asian International Justice Initiative, a joint program of the East-West Center and the WSD Handa Center for Human Rights and International Justice, Stanford University, where he supported human rights and rule of law capacity development in Southeast Asia; and Senior Advisor with the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Cambodia. Christoph has published widely in the field of human rights and transitional justice.
Communications, Events and Administrative Co-ordinator
Dr Philippa Garrard
Philippa Garrard has a doctorate in Creative Writing from RMIT University. She has been at the University of Melbourne since 2012 working in a number of roles supporting and fostering interdisciplinary research. She coordinated the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences Research Domains before moving to the Research, Innovation and Commercialisation team supporting the Hallmark Research Initiatives. She commenced at the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness in May 2018.
Mr Henry Bantick
Henry Bantick is a Research Assistant in the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness, and a final year Juris Doctor student at Melbourne Law School. He has first class honours degrees in Arts (German, Politics) and a Diploma in Languages (French) from the University of Melbourne. Henry has previously worked as a journalist, paralegal and research assistant. He is a current editorial assistant with the Military Law and Law of War Review, and was a contributing author to a legal analysis of the situation in Myanmar's Rakhine State with Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (2017). Henry has a keen personal and professional interest in public international law generally, and refugee law specifically. In 2017, he was part of the winning team competing in the Melbourne Law School Students Society International Humanitarian Law Moot.
Professor John Tobin
Professor John Tobin is the Francine McNiff Chair in International Human Rights Law at Melbourne Law School. He is an internationally recognised expert in human rights with special expertise in children’s rights. In 2010, he was awarded the Barbara Falk Award for Teaching Excellence by the University of Melbourne and in 2011 he was awarded a national citation for outstanding contribution to student learning in the area of human rights.
Professor Tobin’s expertise with respect to children’s rights has particular salience for the Centre in light of the fact that UNHCR estimates that there is a stateless child being born at least every 10 minutes, and observes that the effects of being born stateless are profound especially in terms of access to the most basic of human rights such as medical care. Therefore, research and advocacy with regard to the link between children’s rights and statelessness is essential to finding solutions to statelessness.
Professor Susan Kneebone
Over the last decade Susan’s research, teaching and publications have focussed on forced migration, including refugees, statelessness and citizenship, in South East Asia (SEA). In 2006, she was awarded an ARC Linkage Grant: LP0667748; ‘Australia’s Response to Trafficking in Women: Towards a Model for the Regulation of Forced Migration in the Asia-Pacific Region’ (with Julie Debeljak and Bernadette McSherry). A second ARC Linkage Grant followed in 2009: LP0990168; ‘Delivering Effective Protection to Victims and Prevention of Human Trafficking in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region’. Additionally, in 2009 she received an ARC Discovery Grant as sole Chief Investigator: DP09844404; ‘Law, Governance and Regulation of Intra-Regional Labour Migration in South East Asia: An Agenda for Protection and Development’.
As a result of research conducted under these projects Susan has extensive experience researching in SEA. The issue of statelessness is a relevant vulnerability factor in human trafficking, especially regarding children of migrant workers and victims of forced marriage (as detailed in two reports arising under LP0990168). The issue of citizenship is important to understanding the rights of migrant workers. Susan’s current ARC Discovery Grant is directly relevant to these issues as it has a focus on the nationality and rights of children of marriage migrants, many of whom are stateless as a result of operation of laws. Through this project, her geographic focus extends to East Asia (Taiwan and South Korea) and her substantive focus statelessness and the rights of children.
Announcing new online journal
The Statelessness and Citizenship Review
The Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness at Melbourne Law School and the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion (ISI) are pleased to announce the establishment of a new online journal: The Statelessness and Citizenship Review. This is the first journal to be entirely dedicated to advancing the understanding of statelessness and related citizenship phenomena and challenges, helping to meet the growing demand for the exchange of ideas and knowledge among scholars in the blossoming field of statelessness studies. The Editors-in-Chief are Prof. Michelle Foster (Peter McMullin Centre) and Dr. Laura van Waas (ISI).
The Statelessness and Citizenship Review is a peer-reviewed, open-access and interdisciplinary journal. Papers submitted to the journal will undergo independent and anonymous peer review, with an Editorial Board composed of renowned international scholars (see below). There are no fees for authors or readers, Creative Commons Attribution and authors retain Copyright of published articles. The journal will be published on a bi-annual basis. The submission deadline for the inaugural issue is 1 September 2018. Articles should be 8,000 -10,000 words in length (excl. footnotes), though longer pieces of up to 12,000 words can also be accommodated. Articles should follow the OSCOLA citation system.
In addition to original, scholarly articles that have passed successfully through the peer review process, each issue of the Review will also contain a section of “Case Notes” that offers summaries and comment on significant jurisprudence from around the globe (edited by Dr. Katia Bianchini) and a section entitled “Critique & Comment” that will feature reflections by scholars or practitioners on emerging research, policy trends or other new developments (edited by Dr. Kristy Belton).
Details of the submission process will be published in due course on the websites of the Peter McMullin Centre and ISI. Scholars interested in submitting an article for consideration in the inaugural edition are in the meantime encouraged to address any questions directly to Professor Michelle Foster or Dr Laura van Waas (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Dr Edwin Abuya, Associate Professor at the School of Law, University of Nairobi (Kenya)
- Dr Seth Anziska, Mohamed S. Farsi-Polosnky Lecturer in Jewish-Muslim Relations, University College London (UK)
- Professor Osamu Arakaki, Ph.D., Professor of International Law at International Christian University (Japan)
- Mr Fateh Azzam, Human Rights Consultant; Executive member, Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies (USA)
- Professor Matthew J. Gibney, Professor of Politics and Forced Migration, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford (UK)
- Professor Penny Green, Professor of Law and Globalisation, and Director of the International State Crime Initiative, Queen Mary University of London (UK)
- Professor Dr. Gerard-René de Groot, Emeritus Professor of comparative law and private international law, Maastricht University (Netherlands); Professor of Private Law, University of Aruba (West Indies)
- Professor Linda Kerber, May Brodbeck Professor in the Liberal Arts and Professor of History, Emerita, University of Iowa (USA)
- Professor Audrey Macklin, Director of the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies and Professor and Chair in Human Rights, University of Toronto (Canada)
- Dr Bronwen Manby, Visiting Senior Fellow, Centre for the Study of Human Rights, London School of Economics (UK)
- Dr Parivelan K.M., Associate Professor & Chairperson, Nodal Centre of Excellence for Human rights Education & Centre for Statelessness and Refugee Studies, School of Law, Rights and Constitutional Governance, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (India)
- Dr Nando Sigona, Senior Lecturer & Birmingham Fellow and Deputy Director, Institute for Research into Superdiversity, University of Birmingham (UK)
- Professor Julia Sloth-Nielson, Professor, Department of Public Law and Jurisprudence, University of the Western Cape (South Africa) and Professor of Children's Rights in the Developing World, University of Leiden (Netherlands)
- Professor Kim Rubenstein, Professor of Law and Public Policy Fellow, Australian National University (Australia)
- Professor Peter Spiro, Charles Weiner Professor of Law, Temple University Law School (USA)
- Ms Timnah Baker, Research Fellow, Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness, Melbourne Law School (Australia)
- Ms Maria Jose Recalde Vela, PhD Researcher, Tilburg Law School and Programme Officer (volunteer), Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion (Netherlands)
Applications are invited from suitably qualified scholars for a PhD scholarship to undertake a higher degree by research through Professor Michelle Foster at the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness. This scholarship is open to both domestic and international students.
Melbourne Law School (MLS) is Australia’s first all-graduate law faculty. MLS was the first faculty in Australia to teach law, and awarded this country’s first law degrees. The Law School is now fully graduate with its Juris Doctor for admission to practice recognised as a high level qualification in Australia and beyond. Its faculty is a vibrant community of creative scholars, committed to a highly collegial, research-intensive institutional life.
Visiting Fellowships 2019 - Call for Applications now Open
Applications are invited from researchers with an interest in statelessness – from PhD students to tenured academics – to visit the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness at Melbourne Law School between February and December 2019. Applications from non-academic visiting professionals will also be considered, if they propose an applied research project of relevance to the work of the Centre.
The Centre offers Visiting Fellowships for up to two months. Visiting scholars are provided with a workspace, computer and library access. They are encouraged to give a short work-in-progress seminar and to participate in the academic life and work of the Centre including events and workshops.
The Centre accommodates both self-funded Visiting Fellows and those seeking a scholarship to cover parts of their expenses. Applications from self-funded Visiting Fellows will also be considered outside the application period, subject to the availability of space. Funding of up to AU$4000 is available for Visiting Fellows towards the costs of travel to, and accommodation in, Melbourne. As such, applicants should consider the cost implications before applying, as there may be additional expenses not covered by the fellowship. Visiting Fellows from outside Australia are responsible for obtaining and funding any necessary visas or insurance. Fellowships are funded jointly by the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness and the Statelessness Hallmark Research Initiative.
The Centre acknowledges the diversity of individuals doing research or working on statelessness around the globe. Applications are invited from researchers ranging from PhD students, postdoctoral researchers to tenured academics to visit the Centre. Applications from non-academic visiting professionals will also be considered, if they propose an applied research project of relevance to the work of the centre.
The Visiting Fellowships are to be taken up within the time frame from February to December 2019. Once accepted, Visiting Fellows are encouraged to consider timing their visits to coincide with any major Centre activities.
Applications must include the following in one PDF document:
- Curriculum vitae and list of publications
- Research plan (maximum 1000 words), outlining the research, proposed activities/collaboration during visiting period and contribution to the work of the Centre
- Proposed dates of the visit in 2019
- Indication of whether a Visiting Fellowship grant is sought. For those seeking funding, please provide a brief justification, including any other funding sought or secured to cover expenses (maximum 250 words)
- One letter of reference (for PhD students letter of reference from the PhD supervisor; for non-academic visitors letter of support from employer or other entity the visitor is professionally associated with).
Applications should have in the subject line “Visiting Fellowship Application” and be submitted to email@example.com by the closing date of 30 September 2018. Applicants will be advised of the outcome in October 2018.
Past Visiting Fellows
Dr Laura van Waas
Dr. Laura van Waas is a founder and Co-Director of the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion as well as Assistant Professor at the Department of European and International Law at Tilburg Law School in the Netherlands. Laura’s PhD manuscript, ‘Nationality Matters’ (Intersentia, 2008), is widely used as a reference for understanding international statelessness law by researchers and practitioners all over the world.
In more than a decade of working on the issue of statelessness, Laura has carried out a wide array of research and teaching projects, both within academia and for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other actors. She has worked as a consultant for UNHCR’s headquarters in Geneva as well as the regional offices in Beirut and Bangkok. She has supervised or conducted studies on statelessness for, among others, Plan International, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Open Society Foundations, the Women’s Refugee Commission, the United States Department of State, the European Parliament and the Norwegian Refugee Council.
During Laura’s visit to the Centre (from October – December 2017), she worked closely with the Centre’s Director, Michelle Foster, on the first stages in the design of a collaborative teaching project that involves developing a curriculum on statelessness as well as exploring other areas for research-related collaboration.
EavesdroppingExhibition Liquid Architecture;MLS;Melbourne Law School;Law;Art;
Wednesday 5:30pm - 7:00pmBook Launch "The Law and Religious Market Theory; China, Taiwan and Hong Kong" by Jianlin Chen, laun...Seminar/Forum ALC;MLS;
Thursday 1:00pm - 2:00pmCitizenship and Constitutional Law: Reflections on a Complex RelationshipSeminar/Forum Constitution Transformation Network;CCCS;MLS;Melbourne School of Government;Alumni;
Thursday 1:00pm - 2:00pmFrom Paris to Pittsburgh and Back? The Changing Role of Cities in the Global Climate Change RegimeSeminar/Forum creel;iilah;MLS;
Friday 1:00pm - 2:00pmInvestment Treaty Arbitration Reforms: What Role for the International Court of Justice?Seminar/Forum GELN;MLS;
Sunday 10:00am - 4:00pmOpen DayFuture Student Event
Tuesday 5:30pm - 7:30pmIslamic Leadership in Indonesia: Changes and ChallengesSeminar/Forum CILIS;MLS;
Tuesday 6:00pm - 7:30pmHuman-Centred Design for Legal HelpFree Public Lecture digitalcitizens;Technology & Law;Law Apps;App Design;Legal Access;human-centered design;Legal Design;artificial intelligence;machine learning;innovation;Melbourne Law School;Justice;design;
Wednesday 5:30pm - 7:15pmFragmentation of Income Tax in the 21st Century: Tax Treaties as Dark MatterSeminar/Forum MLS;TG;tax;
Thursday 1:00pm - 2:00pmThe Lived Experiences of Children of Transnational Migrants in Lombok, IndonesiaSeminar/Forum peter mcmullin centre on statelessness;PMCS;statelessness;MLS;
Thursday 1:00pm - 2:00pmLitigating before the International Court of JusticeSeminar/Forum iilah;MLS;
Thursday 5:30pm - 8:00pmBook Launch "Foundations of Indirect Discrimination Law" edited by Hugh Collins and Tarun Khaitan, l...Seminar/Forum CELRL;CCCS;ALC;MLS;
Thursday 6:00pm - 7:30pmInnovations in International Infrastructure ArbitrationsFree Public Lecture digitalcitizens;international construction law;International infrastructure law;Dispute resolution;Infrastructure law;arbitration;construction law;Commercial Law;MLS;innovation;management;International Law;Law;
Friday 1:00pm - 2:00pmThe Case That Never Was: Al Bashir and the Great UnsaidSeminar/Forum iilah;MLS;
Friday 1:00pm - 2:00pmThe Human Right of PropertySeminar/Forum APCML;GELN;MLS;
Monday 1:00pm - 2:00pmTechnological Innovation and the Implications for the Legal Profession — Taking Global Polyarchy Ser...Seminar/Forum TL;CCLSR;MLS;
Tuesday 6:00pm - 8:00pmIntellectual Property and the Business of Innovation (Melbourne)Free Public Lecture digitalcitizens;bill ferris;francis gurry;MLS;IP;Intellectual Property;innovation;
Thursday 6:00pm - 8:30pmIntellectual Property and the Business of Innovation (Sydney)Free Public Lecture digitalcitizens;bill ferris;francis gurry;MLS;Intellectual Property;innovation;business;
Thursday 6:00pm - 7:00pmUnravelling the Law’s Regulation of Misleading ConductFree Public Lecture OG;MLS;
Tuesday 1:00pm - 2:00pmTypology of Crimes of Political Parties in Armed ConflictsSeminar/Forum APCML;MLS;
Wednesday 1:00pm - 2:00pmUnwrapping Tobacco Plain Packaging: What's Inside the WTO Panel Reports?Seminar/Forum GELN;MLS;IPRIA;
Thursday 1:00pm - 2:00pmIs Mr Pham a Vietnamese National? Citizenship Deprivation and Foreign Nationality Law in Municipal C...Seminar/Forum peter mcmullin centre on statelessness;PMCS;statelessness;MLS;
Friday 6:00pm - 7:00pmJudicial Advice to Trustees – Its Origins, Purposes and NatureSeminar/Forum trustees;trusts law;high court of australia;MLS;chief justice;
Thursday 1:00pm - 2:00pmStatelessness and Citizenship in KenyaSeminar/Forum peter mcmullin centre on statelessness;PMCS;statelessness;
Tuesday 5:45pm - 8:30pmCompetition Policy for the Matchmaker Economy: Insights from the New Economics of Multisided Platfor...Free Public Lecture CLEN;MLS;
Monday 12:30pm - 2:00pmParental Liability in Competition Law: What Justification?Seminar/Forum CLEN;MLS;
The Indian National Register of Citizens aims to separate 4 million “illegal” immigrants from “legitimate” residents. So, what does history tell us about the impact of removing citizenship?News
A new research centre in Melbourne will study the issue of statelessness both at home and overseas.News
Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness to develop responses to crisis affecting 10 million people worldwide.News
More than 10 million people are stateless, leaving them vulnerable to discrimination and exploitation. The Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness will help fight this issue by seeking to develop policy solutions and ultimately contributing to a United Nations goal of eradicating statelessness by 2024.News
The University of Melbourne's Law School is to host a new research centre devoted to ending statelessness, backed by philanthropists Peter and Ruth McMullin.News
Taking place in February 2019, the inaugural Statelessness Intensive Course will provide participants with the skills and practical tools to understand and address the problem of statelessness.
Focusing on case studies from the Asia Pacific region, where the issue of statelessness is particularly salient, the course will cover such topics as:
- the meaning of nationality in international law
- the core international treaties relevant to statelessness
- the right to nationality and deprivation of nationality
- the intersection between refugeehood and statelessness
- statelessness determination frameworks
- the nexus between statelessness, minorities, discrimination and development
- childhood statelessness
- the relationship between statelessness and gender discrimination
- identity, birth registration and the prevention of statelessness.
The program will be directed by Professor Michelle Foster and will involve UNHCR representatives, renowned international legal scholars and statelessness practitioners.
The course will be held at Melbourne Law School (The University of Melbourne), 185 Pelham Street, Carlton, 3010, Victoria, Australia.
The University of Melbourne's Parkville Campus is located close to the city centre and has many public transport hubs within short walking distance. Students and staff enjoy the proximity to Carlton's bars and restaurants and the green expanse of nearby Princes Park.
The program runs from 4th - 8th February 2019. (Participants should arrive by the evening of Sunday 3rd.)
Who should attend
The program is suitable for a wide range of participants, including representatives of government, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, lawyers, advocates, decision-makers (including refugee decision-makers), scholars and students. There are limited places in the course and applications will be assessed on individual merit (curriculum vitae and justification statement).
It is essential that participants have a good command of English as they will be required to read and consult course materials, follow lectures and participate in workshops and discussions.
The registration Fee covers course materials and certificate; lunches and coffee breaks on working days, and reception drinks and course dinner.
Early bird fee: 1000 AUD
Registration fee: 1200 AUD
Early bird: 16th September 2018 (fees due 5th October)
Final deadline: 14th October 2018
Limited scholarships are available, covering course fees and accommodation.
Passports and Visas
As a participant it is your responsibility to obtain a visa and ensure that your passport is valid for the length of your stay.
The Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness is pleased to offer accommodation at Queen's College, one of the University of Melbourne's most historic colleges, located on the Parkville campus within short walking distance of the Melbourne Law School. Watch a timelapse video of Queens College.
Course participants are offered self-contained studio apartments ($115 p/n inclusive of breakfast) and have access to the facilities of the College, such as wifi, common rooms, library and grounds.
A list of local hotels will also be provided should participants prefer to stay off-campus. Participants who wish to arrive early or stay longer in Melbourne will need to make their own accommodation arrangements for any additional nights.
Participation is via an application process. Applicants must complete the Online Application Form.
Enquiries can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org