Presentations and Podcasts

  • The impact of COVID-19 on stateless persons and refugees in Australia

    Webinar 26 August 2020 - The impact of COVID-19 on stateless persons and refugees in Australia

    This panel discussion focused on the effects COVID-19 has on stateless persons, refugees and asylum seekers who seek protection in Australia.

    We are pleased to be able to offer this recording of the event.

  • World Refugee Day Event 2020

    Refugee Legal hosted this special panel event for World Refugee Day 2020.

    The panel discussed the plight of refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The high-level panel for the event included:
    Gillian Triggs: Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
    Nyadol Nyuon: Commercial litigator with Arnold Bloch Leibler and community advocate
    David Manne: Executive Director and Principal Solicitor, Refugee Legal
    Moderator: Michelle Foster, Professor and the inaugural Director of the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness at Melbourne Law School.

    View event recording via YouTube

  • Accountability for the Rohingya: The relevance and implications of international law

    Presented by: Priya Pillai, international lawyer and the head of the Asia Justice Coalition secretariat, a network of organizations focused on justice and accountability in Asia.


    In the guise of “Clearance operations” in Rakhine state, the Myanmar military has committed mass atrocities against the Rohingya – resulting in an exodus of close to a million Rohingya from Myanmar into Bangladesh in 2017.

    There have been concerted efforts towards justice and accountability for these international crimes, with significant developments in the past two years. These include the establishment of the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar (IIMM) in 2018, an application by The Gambia to the International Court of Justice resulting in a positive provisional measures order in January 2020, and proceedings at the International Criminal Court making progress, with the authorization of the investigation in November 2019. In addition, there are also universal jurisdiction proceedings underway in Argentina.

    It is timely to reflect upon these legal developments and the implications for the situation of the Rohingya, as well as international law more broadly.

    This event is a collaboration between the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness and the Melbourne Social Equity Institute.

    We are pleased to be able to offer this recording of the event.

  • Thomas McGee on how statelessness has affected Syria's Kurds

    Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness graduate researcher, Thomas McGee is interviewed by SBS on how statelessness is affecting the Kurds of Syria, incorporating the discriminatory census which took place during the 1960s and the more recent civil war in the country.

    His most recent research project focuses on 'Syria’s changing statelessness landscape' since the start of the country’s civil war in 2011 – looking at the new kinds of statelessness that have developed and new experiences for individuals who were already stateless because of the conflict.

    This builds on the research he conducted about the stateless Kurds of Syria for his Masters in Kurdish Studies at the University of Exeter, UK.

    Listen to the interview

  • GLSA - Global Thinking Podcast Series

    Produced by the Global Law Students Association as part of their Global Thinking Podcast Series, this episode "Statelessness" features Prof. Michelle Foster and Felicity Gerry QC. The podcast is also available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

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

    Around the world, forced migration doubled in the decade leading up to 2019. Over that time, the borders of the European Union became the world's deadliest frontier. More than 20,000 people have died or disappeared while attempting to gain entry since 2012, the year the EU was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

    On 27 May 2021, Dr Zoe Holman, a journalist and the author of Where the Water Ends: Seeking Refuge in Fortress Europe joined Professor Michelle Foster to discuss the intricate and complex daily, monthly and yearly challenges of those seeking, within or outside of 'the system', a future for themselves within the EU.

    Many thanks to Zoe for a fantastic discussion.