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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: Jane McAdam AO

Director, Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law

@profjmcadam @KaldorCentre

Jane McAdam AO is Scientia Professor of Law and Director of the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW Sydney. She is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law. She publishes widely in international refugee law and forced migration, with a particular focus on climate change, disasters and displacement. She is joint Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Refugee Law, the leading journal in the field. She serves on a number of international committees, including the International Law Association’s Committee on International Law and Sea-Level Rise (as Co-Rapporteur until 2018); the Advisory Committee of the Platform on Disaster Displacement; the Technical Advisory Group for the Pacific Climate Change Migration and Human Security Programme; and the Advisory Council of the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion. In 2017, she received the Calouste Gulbenkian Prize for Human Rights for her work on refugees and forced migration. In 2021, she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) 'for distinguished service to international refugee law, particularly to climate change and the displacement of people'.

Image credit: UNHCR/Maciej Moskwa

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