Wotton + Kearney Sponsors Kaldor Centre ConferenceAuthor : Heidi Nash-Smith

With more than 65 million people displaced across the globe, 65 years since the Refugee Convention came into force, Wotton + Kearney has proudly joined as a sponsor of the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law’s third Annual Conference, which will explore the challenge of displacement through the lens of time.

Preeminent scholars, practitioners, policymakers and the public will gather at the conference to reckon with the implications of these challenges – and our responses to them. With the theme of From Emergency to Protracted Exile: The Role of Time in International Protection, the conference will take place at UNSW Law on November 18, from 9am to 5.30pm.

The opening keynote will be delivered by renowned Oxford and University of London scholar Jean-François Durieux. Speaking from the perspective of his 30 years’ experience in UNHCR, he will critically examine states’ responses to refugee emergencies and the trend towards policies of deterrence. The UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, Professor François Crépeau, will deliver the closing keynote, on the day he concludes a long-anticipated official visit to Australia. Last year Professor Crépeau postponed his official mission, saying he was unable to work ‘fully and freely’ while the Federal Government’s Border Force Act prevented people from disclosing what happens in detention facilities.

Registrations for the Kaldor Centre Annual Conference are still open. Find the full conference program and registration here: http://bit.ly/2dd78EC