IBA Annual Conference Sydney 2017
8 Oct - 13 Oct 2017
Room C2.1, Convention Centre, Level 2
Race and refugee issues in Australia: are policies of detention and separation working?
Monday 9 October (0930 - 1230)
IBA's Human Rights Institute
Human Rights Law Committee
Immigration and Nationality Law Committee
Has Australia become a detention society? The detention of refugees on Nauru and (until recently) Manus Island, and the attempts to address problems within indigenous communities, highlight the conundrum in balancing community needs with individual rights. This session is the first of a duo that is convened cooperatively by the IBA’s Human Rights Institute, the Immigration and Nationality Law Committee and the Human Rights Law Committee. This session will accompany the second session in this suite: ‘Rights without borders?: Is the concept of asylum alive and well in a post-truth world?’, which is taking place on Tuesday, 0930 – 1230 and is also co-hosted by all three entities as well as the European Regional Forum. The first session will focus solely on Australia, while the second session will explore the current situation of refugees and asylum seekers in a global context. Therefore, in this session, a panel of experts will discuss issues related to asylum seekers and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders communities in Australia both historically and in the present-day. The panel will explore relevant legislation, highlight the role of the legal profession and non governmental organisations (NGOs) and discuss whether innovative models can provide forward-thinking solutions that enhance the work of bodies such as the United Nations. The panel will discuss these issues in an informal way and will also participate in an audience Q&A. The IBA’s Human Rights Institute, the Immigration and Nationality Law Committee and the Human Rights Law Committee look forward to sharing experiences and discussing the way forward with attendees of both this session and the session on Tuesday as they will complement each other, provide insight into these issues at a national and international level and, most importantly, provide an opportunity from legal professionals to meet and learn from each other.
Session / Workshop Chair(s)
|Julian Burnside AO QC||Victorian Bar, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|Professor Mary E Crock||Sydney Law School, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|Andrea Mason||Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council (NPYWC), Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia|
|Sheryn Omeri||Cloisters, London, England|
|Brendan Thomas||Legal Aid NSW, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|