Kaldor Centre Conference 2017: 'The Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration' | Law

Kaldor Centre Conference 2017: 'The Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration'

Event date: 
24 November 2017
9:00am to 5:30pm
Venue: 
Law Theatre G04, Ground Floor, UNSW Law
Topic: 
The Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration

In 2018, world leaders will adopt two landmark documents – a Global Compact on Refugees, and a Global Compact on Safe, Regular and Orderly Migration.

Amidst debate about what these agreements should contain and how ambitious they should be, the Kaldor Centre Conference 2017 takes stock of where we are so far, and anticipates what developments we will see in the lead-up to their adoption in 2018.

Will the Global Compacts represent a turning point in the global governance of human movement?  Will they promote new international standards and responses?  Or will they simply reflect the status quo?  And what will this mean for Australia and the world?

With more people on the move than ever before, the Kaldor Centre Conference 2017 will bring together leading international and local experts involved in the process to share their insights and projections.

Keynote Speaker

Professor Elizabeth Ferris is internationally recognised as a leading expert on forced migration. She has been closely involved in a range of international negotiations relating to displacement, including the 2016 UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants in New York.

She is a research professor at Georgetown University and a non-resident senior fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution. She served for nine years as a Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the Brookings Project on Internal Displacement and as an adjunct professor in Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. Professor Ferris previously spent 20 years working in the field of international humanitarian response. She has served as Chair of the International Council of Voluntary Agencies, as Research Director for the Life & Peace Institute in Uppsala, Sweden, and Director of the Church World Service Immigration and Refugee Program in New York. She has been a professor at several universities in the United States and served as a Fulbright professor to the Universidad Autónoma de México in Mexico City. Her current research interests focus on the politics of humanitarian action and on the role of civil society in protecting displaced populations.

Professor Ferris has written extensively on humanitarian and human rights issues, and is the author of the Kaldor Centre Policy Brief, In search of commitments: The 2016 refugee summits

Download the Conference Program including biographies of speakers.

Conference Fees: 
'Early bird' fee (by 27 October 2017)
      Standard Registration $120 
      NGO/Student Registration $80 

Regular fee (after 27 October 2017)
      Standard Registration $150 
      NGO/Student Registration $100 

  Kaldor Centre Conference 2017: 'The Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration'