Past Events

2022

4 August: Technological Approaches to Identity Preservation of the Stateless  (Refugees, Citizenship & Statelessness: Asia in Focus Seminar Series)

Saqib Sheikh

30 June:  On the Political Economy of Ethnic Violence and Statelessness (Refugees, Citizenship & Statelessness: Asia in Focus Seminar Series)

Mohammed Shahabuddin  (View event recording)

6 June: The Future of Nationality in the Pacific Launch Event

Launched by the Pacific Resilience Partnership Technical Working Group on Human Mobility, featuring PMCS Director Professor Michelle Foster; Professor Jane McAdam AO (Kaldor Centre, UNSW) and Professor Helene Lambert on the expert panel. (View event recording)

11 May: The Struggle for Identity in Exile: Refugee Protection Challenges in India (Refugees, Citizenship & Statelessness: Asia in Focus Seminar Series)

Roshni Shanker

2021

17 October: Perpetual Strangerhood: Experiences of Highly Skilled African-Australian Professionals in the Workplace

Kathomi Gatwiri (View event recording)

9 September: The Role of Multicultural and Settlement Services in Supporting Women Experiencing Violence

A/Professor Cathy Vaughan and Dr Adele Murdolo (View event recording)

26 August: Citizenship Constellations in Syria

Marika Sosnowski (View event recording)

24 Jun: ‘We don’t want to give away how you hack the system’: An Emotional History of the Department of Immigration and Child Refugees

Dr Jordy Silverstein (View event recording)

27 May: Seeking Refuge in Fortress Europe: Zoe Holman in Conversation with Michelle Foster

Dr Zoe Holman & Professor Michelle Foster (View event recording)

25 May: Launch - Oxford Handbook on International Refugee Law

Hosted by the Refugee Studies Centre (University of Oxford); Centre for Fundamental Rights (Hertie School, Berlin); Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness (University of Melbourne), and the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law (UNSW Sydney). (View event recording)

15 April: Statelessness in Southeast Asia and the role of the AICHR in the promotion and protection of human rights

Eric Paulsen (View event recording)

25 March: Launch Event: A Place to Call Home

Co-produced by the Refugee Advice & Casework Service (RACS) and Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness  (View event recording)

18 March: Narratives of Displacement

Durkhanai Ayubi

2020

16 October: Understanding Immigrants’ Diverse Employment Trajectories: The Role of Immigration Policy and Gender

Dr Rennie Lee  

18 September: Accountability for the Rohingya: The Relevance and Implications of International Law

Dr Priya Pillai  (View event recording)

26 August:  The impact of COVID-19 on stateless persons and refugees in Australia

Featuring: Katie Robertson, Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness (Chair) ; Jeanine Hourani, Director, Road to Refuge; Sarah Dale, Principal Lawyer and Centre Director, Refugee Advice Caseworker Service (RACS); David Burke, Legal Director, Human Rights Law Centre's Asylum Seeker and Refugee Rights team; Sahar Okhovat, Senior Policy Officer, Refugee Council of Australia.   (View event recording)

26 June: Field Notes from the Rohingya Emergency Response

Professor Bina D'Costa

12 March: "Nothing about us without us": the rise of refugee self-representation in global dialogue on forced displacement

Co-presented by Arash Bordbar (Chair, UNHCR Global Youth Advisory Council) and Dr Louise Olliff (University of Melbourne).

13 February: Deciding Who is a “Foreigner”: The Situation in the Indian State of Assam from a Legal Perspective

Talha Abdul Rahman

2019

5 December: Uncertain Futures: EU Citizenship in the Shadow of Brexit

Dr Ruvi Ziegler

17 October: The Global Compacts: A Missed Opportunity or a Promising Tool?

Carolina Gottardo

12 September: Banishment and the Pre-history of Legitimate Expulsion Power

Professor Matthew J Gibney

5 September: War, Nationality and Nationalism: Denied Citizenship following the Disintegration of Former Yugoslavia

Professor Aleksandar Marsavelski

29 August: Detention of asylum seekers in the UK

Sir Nicholas Blake

22 August: Institutional Disrespect: The Structural Marginalisation of Refugee Migrants in Australia

Dr Ibi Losoncz

1 August: From Muddy Boots to Business Class: To the Emergency Frontlines and Back

A/Professor Bina D'Costa

6 June: Regressive, Arbitrary Identity Documentation Policies and Practices in Myanmar

Dr Nyi Nyi Kyaw

2 May: Resettlement of Refugee Immigrants in Australia: Agency and Affordances

Dr Gerald Onsando

4 April: Minority Statelessness and Racialized Citizenship: Romani minorities and the Uneven Access to Citizenship

Julija Sardelic

2018

4 October: Statelessness and Citizenship in Kenya

Dr Samatha Balaton-Chrimes

20 September: "Applicants will need to demonstrate their integration into the Australian community": Proposed Citizenship Changes and Refugees/Stateless Persons

Dr Heli Askola

6 September: Is Mr Pham a Vietnamese National? Citizenship Deprivation and Foreign Nationality Law in Municipal Courts

Dr Raynor Thwaites

23 August: The Lived Experiences of Children of Transnational Migrants in Lombok, Indonesia

Dr Harriot Beazley

9 August: Children of ‘Cross Border Marriages’ and Nationality in Can Tho, Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Professor Susan Kneebone

26 July: A noncitizenist look at statelessness and the global compact for migration

Dr Tendayi Bloom

13-14 February: Refugee Alternative Conference 2018

Hosted by the Refugee Council of Australia & the University of Melbourne

26 March: Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness Launch

The Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness was officially launched at Melbourne Law School on Monday 26 March with over 180 attendees. It was an honour to host MLS alumnus Peter McMullin and his wife Ruth, whose generosity, vision and commitment to the issue of statelessness has enabled the establishment of the Centre. The launch featured a panel discussion led by Centre Director Professor Michelle Foster, and included virtual messages from the Secretary-General of the UN, António Guterres, and the head of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi. Other expert speakers included Dr Fernand de Varennes RP, Doyen, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues; Ms Erika Feller, Professorial Fellow, Melbourne School of Government, and former Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, UNHCR; and Professor Kim Rubenstein, Australian National University. Speakers discussed the scale and scope of the global challenge of statelessness, its impact, 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.

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Audio recording of panel discussion