Launch of the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness

Theatre G08, Ground Floor Melbourne Law School 185 Pelham Street, Carlton

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The Melbourne Law School’s Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness has been established with the objective of undertaking research, teaching and engagement activities aimed at reducing statelessness and protecting the rights of stateless people in Australia, the Asia Pacific region, and as appropriate more broadly. The Centre on Statelessness will fill a critical gap in academic research and engagement on the issue of statelessness and is currently the only university resident and supported institute of its type.

At this launch event, leading experts on statelessness will discuss the scale and scope of the global challenge of statelessness, the impact of statelessness, 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.

Chair:

Professor Michelle Foster, Director of the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness

Speakers:

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

Professor Kim Rubenstein, Australian National University