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Invitation to the launch of Refugee Rights and Policy Wrongs

2 July 2019
6.00pm – 7.30pm AEST
King & Wood Mallesons, Level 61, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney
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Please join bestselling authors Jane McAdam and Fiona Chong when special guest Professor Kerryn Phelps AM launches their new book, Refugee Rights and Policy Wrongs: A frank, up-to-date guide by experts.

Refugee Rights and Policy Wrongs is a myth-busting book that brings facts to bear on a highly politicised debate. 

‘This book should be read by all Australians concerned about the inhumanity demonstrated by successive federal governments when dealing with refugees seeking our protection.' – Former Liberal Immigration Minister Ian Macphee AO

In the five years since McAdam and Chong’s critically acclaimed Refugees: Why seeking asylum is legal and Australia’s policies are not was published, Australia’s deterrence policies have hardened further – even as the number of refugees worldwide has grown. 

Now, for readers on all sides of politics, comes a wholly updated, highly accessible account of Australian refugee law and policy, outlining what a more humane approach could look like.

Tuesday 2 July, 6pm to 7.30pm
King & Wood Mallesons, Level 61, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney
Drinks and canapes will be served.

Refugee Rights and Policy Wrongs is published by NewSouth Publishing. Books will be available for sale and signing.

The Kaldor Centre thanks King & Wood Mallesons for generously hosting this event.

View speakers below.

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Professor Jane McAdam AO

UNSW Scientia Professor and Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law Director, Jane McAdam AO, is a pioneer in research on climate change and disaster-related displacement, advising governments and international organisations including UNHCR. She is an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow, a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, a Research Associate at Oxford University’s Refugee Studies Centre, an Associated Senior Fellow at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute in Norway, and a Senior Research Associate of the Refugee Law Initiative in London. She is joint Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Refugee Law, the leading journal in the field. In 2017, her work in this field was described as 'transformative' by the jury of the prestigious Calouste Gulbenkian Prize for Human Rights, which she was the first Australian to win. 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'.

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Fiona Chong

Fiona is a recent international human rights fellow in Columbia University’s graduate law program.

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Professor Kerryn Phelps AM

Special guest Professor Kerryn Phelps AM is the former Independent MP for Wentworth, a doctor, businesswoman, health communicator, public health and civil rights advocate, author and media commentator.