The wonderful cohort from the 2023 Intensive Course comprised participants from - Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Türkiye, Uruguay, and Uzbekistan. As in previous years, this year's cohort was outstanding, comprising academics, legal professionals, scholars, representatives from government and from international and human rights organisations. We were fortunate once again to have a wonderful team of presenters who helped make the course an outstanding success.
"As a practitioner of human rights and the media, the course provided an important professional development opportunity on an aspect of human rights often overlooked. The speakers were experts in their field, including with lived experience of statelessness. I would highly recommend this course." - Alister McKeich, Victoria University / journalist, photojournalist.
"As an anthropologist working on borders and migration, I found this course rigourous, holistic and pertinent. Its interactive sessions, including academics as well as practitioners, was expansive, engaging but most importantly, empathetic. This design enabled us to collectively question and deliberate the urgent but utterly complex nuances of statelessness across the globe. I would thoroughly recommend this programme to anyone keen on reconceptualising state-society relations and the multiple mobilities un/making them." - Shreya U.K., Georgetown University, Qatar / Parichay (Legal Aid Clinic)
"It was an amazing experience to learn from lectures by the academics in the McMullin Centre, from the speakers from international organisations, people with lived experiences of statelessness and from fellow attendees. The course attracts legal practitioners, academics and officials from around the world including metropolitan cities and regional areas. The ability to generate ideas for reform with other practitioners and learn from the work being done to address statelessness has been invaluable. I would recommend the course to anyone who may be interested to attend." - Jaskiran Rekhraj, Legal Aid ACT
"Despite the fact that I had been working with stateless communities for almost 4 years before participating in the statelessness intensive course, there was so much I didn't know. The course allowed me to learn about the issue of statelessness globally and think about angles that I had not even considered before. Perhaps more importantly, it gave me an opportunity to connect with others in the same or similar fields of work. I'd often felt like I was working in a vacuum where it seemed like no one else knew of or worked on statelessness. But being in the virtual classroom space fostered international connections and friendships that have persisted beyond the course. I would highly recommend the course to anyone working with or interested to learn about the issue of statelessness." - Hiba Thobani, Imkaan Welfare Organisation
“The course was a great learning opportunity and I look forward to using my new knowledge in my daily work.” – Deepa Dixit, UNHCR