An helicopter is dropping food supplies in the sea where migrants are swimming.
  Rohingya migrants swim to collect food supplies dropped by a Thai army helicopter. Photograph: Christophe Archambault, AFP/ Getty Images

Seminar: ‘Australia as a Regional Player in Refugee Protection in South East Asia: Framing the Issues’

with Susan Kneebone
21 September, 2015

NCDH Room 316, McGill Faculty of Law (3644 Peel Street, Montreal)
Monday, September 21, 12:00 – 1:00 PM

In this talk, Professor Susan Kneebone will explain Australia’s recent role in regional refugee protection within both bilateral and multilateral processes, through the lens of ‘labelling’ or construction of identities, in order to expose the political dynamics at play. It will focus in particular on Australia’s relationship with Indonesia, and responses to the recent crisis of Rohingya migrants in the Indian Ocean.

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Prof. Susan Kneebone

Professor Kneebone is a Professorial Fellow, Faculty of Law, University Melbourne and Secretary, International Association for the Study of Forced Migration. In 2013 she established the Asia Pacific Forced Migration Network with the support of the Refugee Research Network, York University, Canada. Formerly Professor, Faculty of Law, Monash University, she introduced research and teaching on refugee law and human trafficking issues. Her recent research, funded by ARC grants, focuses on issues around governance of forced migration issues in South East Asia. She is the author of many articles including ‘The Bali Process and Global Refugee Policy in the Asia-Pacific Region’ (2014) 27 (No4) Journal of Refugee Studies 596 and author \ editor of the following recent books:

  • Refugee Protection and the Role of Law: Conflicting Identities (Routledge, 2014) (edited with Dallal Stevens and Loretta Baldassar)
  • Transnational Crime and Human Rights: Responses to Human Trafficking in the Greater Mekong Subregion (Routledge 2012) (with Julie Debeljak)
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