Workshop

Forced Migration and Human Rights Protection in the Asia Pacific Region: Mobilising Opportunities

Asia Pacific Forced Migration (APFMC) Workshop

Date: Friday 8 August 2014

Location: Monash University Law Chambers (MULC), 555 Lonsdale St Melbourne, Seminar Room 8 (2nd floor)

Attendance to this workshop is by invitation only.

Program

This workshop will explore opportunities for research and collaboration in APR under two themes: governance of refugee issues and labour migration activism.

Morning session

9.15am to 9.30am

Coffee and introductions

9.30am to 10.10am

Keynote speaker

Dr Sriprapha Petcharamasree, Institute for Human Rights and Peace Studies (Mahidol University, Thailand)

‘ASEAN and its approach to Forced Migration Issues’

Theme 1

Refugee Protection in South East Asia

10.10am to 10.30am

Dr Susan Kneebone, Monash University ‘ASEAN, the Bali Process and the Conceptualisation of Refugees in South East Asia’

10.30 pm to 10.45am

Morning tea

10.45am to 11.10am

Professor Pene Mathew, Griffith University

‘Regionalism and Refugees in South East Asia’

11.10am to 11.35am

Dr Savitri Taylor, La Trobe University

‘The Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network’

11.35am to 12.30pm

Commentary and Discussion

Commentators:

Erika Feller, former Assistant High Commissioner (Protection)

‘UNHCR’s vision for refugee protection and for implementation of protection in South East Asia’

Madeline Garlick, University of Nijmejen; formerly UNHCR

12.30pm to 1.30pm

Lunch

Afternoon session

Theme 2

Protection of migrant workers

1.30pm to 1.55pm

Dr Susan Kneebone, Monash University ‘ASEAN, Migrant Workers and Human Rights Protection’

1.55pm to 2.20pm

Dr Nicola Piper, University of Sydney ‘Forced Labour migration and migrant rights activism in Asia’

2.20pm to 2.45pm

Dr Stuart Rosewarne, University of Sydney

Critical reflections on the strengthening of employment protections for migrant domestic workers in South East Asia’

2.45pm to 3.30pm

Commentary and Discussion

Commentators:

Bassina Farbenblum, University of New South Wales

Migrant workers’ access to justice in South and South East Asia’

Elaine Pearson, Director, Human Rights Watch Australia

3.30pm to 3.45pm

Afternoon tea

3.45pm to 4.30pm

Summary and discussion of future activities for the Asia Pacific Forced Migration (APFMC)

Other observers/participants

  • Ashraful Azad, MPhil candidate, Faculty of Law, Monash University
  • Thomas Harré, PhD candidate, Faculty of Law, Monash University
  • Dr Anne McNevin, School of Political and Social Enquiry, Monash University
  • Reyvi Mariñas, PhD candidate, Faculty of Law, Monash University
  • Dr Christina Stringer, University of Auckland Business School

Presentations

ASEAN, the Bali Process and Conceptualisation of Refugees in South East Asia, Dr Susan Kneebone, Monash University (ppt 615kb)

ASEAN, Migrant Workers and Human Rights Protection, Dr Susan Kneebone, Monash University (ppt 84kb)

Forced Labour Migration and Migrant Rights Activism in Asia, Professor Nicola Piper, University of Sydney (ppt 4.75mb)

The Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network, Dr Savitri Taylor, La Trobe University (ppt 364kb)