Keep kids out: Preventing detention of refugee and migrant children in Australia

You are invited to a panel event co-hosted by the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law and End Child Detention Coalition Australia.

Date: Tuesday 4th September 2018
Time: 6.30pm to 7.45pm, (welcome refreshments from 6pm)
Venue: Monash University Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
RSVP: click here to register

Have you ever wondered how Australia is positioned globally on the issue of child immigration detention? Today, record amounts of people are migrating  and seeking asylum, more than 50% are children. Worldwide, children are being detained and separated from their families. Join the expert panel on alternatives to immigration detention.

Speakers

Dr Tania Penovic, Senior Lecturer, Monash Law, Deputy Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law

Dr Tania Penovic is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law and a Deputy Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law. She teaches civil procedure, torts and a number of areas of international and domestic human rights law, including women's rights and refugee law. She has published widely on human rights, including the rights of asylum seekers, access to civil justice and women's and children's rights. Tania has been involved in a number of enquiries into federal and Victorian law reform and in professional human rights training programs for judges and Australian and international government officials.
 

Dr Robyn Sampson, Senior Advisor and Research Coordinator, International Detention Coalition

Dr Robyn Sampsonis an internationally recognised expert on alternatives to immigration detention. Her research on alternatives to detention, undertaken with the International Detention Coalition, is a key resource in international debates on this issue. That work has been presented to over 50 governments and used by several countries – including Japan, Mexico, Belgium and Thailand – to introduce less harmful policies. She has been an invited expert speaker and technical advisor for the UNHCR, OHCHR, IOM and several governments. Her work continues to provide a foundation for governments around the world to explore more humane treatment of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants. Robyn was awarded the ‘Silver Angel Award’ by the G200 Youth Forum in 2015 for her work promoting the human rights of refugees. She holds a PhD in politics from La Trobe University.

Moderator

Dr Azadeh Dastyari, Senior Lecturer, Monash Law, Deputy Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law

Azadeh Dastyari is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Monash University and a Deputy Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law. She has been a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School, the European University Institute, Georgetown University and the University of Bologna. Dr Dastyari's main areas of research are international and domestic laws relating to the treatment of asylum seekers and refugees. She is particularly interested in the interception of people seeking protection at sea; offshore and extraterritorial processing; and immigration detention.