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Turning points: New directions in refugee protection
15-18 November 2022
Virtual and in-person

Power shifts are under way from Kyiv to Kigali, Canberra to Canada, Washington to Wellington. How will these changing global dynamics reshape refugee law and the lives of people seeking safety? Are longstanding principles of international law being reaffirmed, or are new forms of protection and assistance emerging?  


The 2022 Kaldor Centre Conference will bring together experts from around the world to shed light on recent developments and analyse what they mean for the future of international protection.  


Will the welcome for refugees from Ukraine last, and how will it impact people seeking safety from other conflicts? How has COVID-19 transformed resettlement, humanitarian assistance and the lives of those already living in precarious situations? Can we create a more constructive public discourse about people seeking asylum? Will externalised refugee processes spread and elude accountability? How will today’s refugee ‘participation revolution’ influence decision-making tomorrow? 


Evidence, experience and innovation are more important than ever.  At this moment of change, invigorate your thinking at the 2022 Kaldor Centre Conference.

Above the Clouds

Global reach,

diverse voices

Virtual panels will enable speakers and delegates to join from across the globe, with live and on-demand sessions designed to be accessible around the world. 

In-person connections

Missing face-to-face discussion

and connection?

On 18 November, we will gather in person at UNSW Sydney for a scholars' workshop and a closing address, followed by a

networking reception.

Scholars' workshop


A full-day workshop on

18 November will explore interdisciplinary forced migration research, with sessions on methods, ethics and thinking across disciplines. This hybrid workshop is proudly organised in partnership with the UNSW Forced Migration Research Network.

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Explore the program
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Turning points in international protection: onwards and upwards, or u-turns and roundabouts?

Virtual, 15 November 2022, 6:00-6:30pm AEDT

Join us to reflect on the major disruptive events we have faced in recent times, and their implications for the future of refugee protection.

Opening address by

Professor Jane McAdam AO

Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law

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Catalysing meaningful refugee participation: Next steps and ongoing challenges

Virtual, 16 November 2022, 9.00-10.00am AEDT

What practical actions can advance the meaningful participation of refugees in representative decision-making?

Mustafa Alio


Sana Ali Mustafa

Asylum Access

Najeeba Wazefadost

Asia Pacific Network of Refugees

Fiona Whiteridge

Refugee and Migrant Services, Immigration New Zealand

Chair: Tristan Harley

Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law

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A better conversation: Changing the public discourse about refugees

Virtual, 17 November 2022, 9.00-10.00am AEDT

How can we create a more constructive public conversation about refugees?

Barat Ali Batoor


Tom Hashemi

Cast from Clay

Amanda Ripley

Journalist and author

Chair: Lauren Martin

Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law

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‘Crossing borders: Interdisciplinary research on forced migration’ – scholars' workshop

In-person and virtual, 18 November from 9.30am - 4:30pm AEDT

This workshop will provide the opportunity for scholars in the field of forced migration to engage in learning and exchange, including sessions on methods, ethics and researching across disciplines. A roundtable 'Borders: An interdisciplinary exploration' will examine the complexities of borders from multiple disciplinary perspectives.

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COVID-19’s lasting effects on refugee protection

Virtual, 15 November 2022, 6.30-7.30pm AEDT

How has COVID-19 transformed access to protection, assistance and the lives of those already living in precarious situations – for better and for worse?

Adrian Edwards

UNHCR Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific

Roshni Shanker

Migration and Asylum Project

Gillian Triggs

UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Protection

Pascal Zigashane

Action pour le Progrés

Chair: Daniel Ghezelbash

Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law

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Is Ukraine a turning point for people seeking safety?

Virtual, 16 November 2022, 6.30-7.30pm AEDT

Does the Global North’s response to people fleeing Ukraine signal a renewed commitment to international protection, or a turn towards more geographically proximate and time-bound responses?

Arif Hussein

Refugee Advice and Casework Service

Yulia Ioffe

University College London

Catherine Woollard

European Council on Refugees and Exiles


Chair: Jane McAdam

Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law

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Secrecy somewhere else: Accountability for the ‘externalised’ treatment of refugees

Virtual, 17 November 2022, 6.30-7.30pm AEDT

As asylum processes are shifted offshore, how can governments be held accountable for the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers beyond their borders?


Behrouz Boochani

Author and journalist

Itamar Mann

University of Haifa

Anna Talbot

Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law

Elahe Zivardar

Director, 'Searching for Aramsayesh Gah'


Chair: Riona Moodley

Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law

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In conversation with The Hon Andrew Giles, Australia’s Minister for Immigration

In-person, 18 November 5.00-8.00pm AEDT

Lawyer and former refugee Nyadol Nyuon OAM sits down with the Immigration Minister for a conversation about protection principles and policies in Australia.

Join us for this 2022 Conference closing address from 5pm followed by a networking reception at UNSW Sydney


For ticket holders: Getting to the event @ UNSW

Our conference closing session will take place on 18 November 5.00-8.00pm at Leighton Hall in the John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW Kensington Campus (see Google Maps here, or G19 on the UNSW Kensington Campus Map). If you are driving, the closest parking station is the Botany Street Carpark (entry via Gate 11, Botany Street). There is metered visitor parking on Levels 6 and 7 (the roof); further information is available here.  Please show your ticket for entry to the session.  In line with Covid-safe practices, please do not attend if you are unwell.



Get tickets

Register for tickets below or go to the booking site for your complete guide to ticket types and pricing.

If you are from a refugee background, the Global South, a student, or working in the not-for-profit sector and unable to pay to attend, we welcome you to register for a free Virtual Ticket below or apply for a Full Conference Ticket here

The Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW Sydney is the world's first research centre dedicated to the study of international refugee law. The Centre was founded in 2013 to undertake rigorous research on the most pressing issues in Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and the world, and to contribute to public policy promoting legal, sustainable and humane solutions to forced migration. 

We acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands on which we live and work,

and pay our respects to their elders – past and present.

Premier Sponsor

The Kaldor Centre would like to thank our premier conference sponsor

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The Kaldor Centre would like to thank the following conference sponsors for their generous support

To discuss sponsorship opportunities, please contact us at


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Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law

Faculty of Law, UNSW Sydney, NSW 2052 Australia

CRICOS Provider Code 00098G

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