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.