Is Ukraine a turning point for people seeking safety?

Virtual, 16 November 2022, 6.30-7.30pm AEDT

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Does the Global North's response to people fleeing Ukraine signal a renewed commitment to international protection, or an entrenchment of geographically proximate and time-bound protection? Will the welcome last, and will it impact people seeking safety from other conflicts, now and in the future?


Arif Hussein

Senior Solicitor, Refugee Advice and Casework Service

@ArifHuss @RACSaustralia

Arif Hussein is a Senior Solicitor at the Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS). He has spent over eight years working with refugees and people seeking asylum both in Australia and in Australia’s Regional Processing Centre on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea. He is the recipient of a 2020 Churchill Fellowship.

Yulia Ioffe

Lecturer, University College London


Yulia Ioffe is a Lecturer in Law at University College London. She holds a DPhil in Law from the University of Oxford, where her doctoral thesis focused on the rights of asylum seeking children and the role of international organisations in treaty interpretation in this field. At University of Oxford, she taught public international law, international and European human rights law. She completed her LLM at Harvard Law School, where she worked at the Immigration and Refugee Law Clinic and served as an Article Editor for the Harvard International Law Journal. She also holds LLB (Hons) and LLM (Hons) degrees from Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University Institute of International Relations, Ukraine. Previously, Yulia clerked for H.E. Judge James R. Crawford at the International Court of Justice and worked at the UNHCR Representation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the UNHCR Regional Representation for Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine, the Ukrainian Red Cross Society, and a New York litigation firm.

Catherine Woollard

Director, European Council on Refugees and Exiles


Catherine Woollard is Director of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles, a position she has held since 2016. Previously, she was the Executive Director of the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office, a Brussels-based network working on conflict prevention and security, from 2008 to 2015. Prior to that, she was Director of Policy and Communications at Conciliation Resources for a year following her tenure as Senior Program Coordinator at Transparency International from 2004 to 2006. She is currently a member of the Democratic Progress Institute’s Council of Experts and of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s Roster of Experts on Mediation and Dialogue. Her recent geographic experience includes assignments in Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Myanmar, Ivory Coast and the Philippines. She holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and was a PhD Candidate at the European University Institute’s Department of Social and Political Science.

Chair: Tamara Wood

Affiliate, Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law

@tamarajanewood @KaldorCentre

Tamara Wood is a Visiting Fellow at the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Tasmania, and a Postdoctoral Researcher (external) at the RefMig project, Hertie School, Berlin. She is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Platform on Disaster Displacement, Coordinating Case Law Editor for the International Journal of Refugee Law, Research Affiliate at the Refugee Law Initiative, University of London, and a former Visiting Researcher at the University of the Witswatersrand, South Africa. Tamara researches in the fields of international refugee law, regional refugee law (with a focus on Africa), free movement agreements, complementary pathways to protection, and displacement in the context of natural hazards, disasters and climate change. She has published widely on refugee protection and forced migration, including in leading international law journals such as the International and Comparative Law Quarterly and the International Journal of Refugee Law. She has acted as a consultant to UNHCR, the Platform on Disaster Displacement, the Nansen Initiative on Disaster-Induced Cross-Border Displacement, Institute for Security Studies Africa and the World Bank.

Image credit: UNHCR/Maciej Moskwa