Next Australasia Chapter Regional Conference
The Australasian Chapter invites all members of the IARLJ to attend its regional conference on 12 February 2010. The conference will not only bring together Association members from Australia, New Zealand, India, Japan and South Korea but will also provide an invaluable opportunity to maintain the impetus of the Chapter’s Asian outreach programme. In this way the Chapter intends to fill in the remaining gap in the geographical coverage of the Association in Asia.
The conference agenda promises to be both stimulating and challenging, with sessions on assessments of bad faith, complementary protection and differing approaches to refugee status determination in the Asia Pacific region. Senior judges from Indonesia, India and the USA have already agreed to participate and very well regarded academics from Australia, New Zealand and the USA are also scheduled to speak.
Other judges from the Asia Pacific region will be attending and some will participate in a panel discussion in the final session of the conference, which will be chaired by our President, Sebastiaan de Groot.
The conference will be preceded by a two day training workshop in refugee law for decision makers from the region. Many of them will stay on for the conference as observers, thus providing the opportunity for members to develop new relationships with those decision makers.
After the conclusion of the workshop there will be a full Chapter meeting at 5.00 pm on 11 February. Following the Chapter meeting there will be a dinner for workshop participants and those attending the conference the following day.
Please take a look at the conference programme.Members attending the conference will need to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements.
If you have any questions about the conference please contact the Chapter Development Director, Sue Zelinka or the Chapter Chair, Rolf Driver. Sue is arranging accommodation for participants in the training workshop at the University of New South Wales. Please let her know if you are interested in that accommodation. There is a wide range of accommodation in the central business district of Sydney. There are also several beachfront hotels in the eastern suburbs of the city, such as the Crowne Plaza Hotel at Coogee. The Association is not arranging hotel accommodation or transport to and from the university but Sue and Rolf are happy to provide advice.
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