Nowhere People Have a Right to Somewhere: Statelessness and the Law

Room 224
Melbourne Law School
185 Pelham Street


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Presented by Professor Michelle Foster, Melbourne Law School

Over the past decade, there has been renewed global interest in statelessness. 2014 marked the 60th anniversary of the 1954 Convention Relating to the Status of Stateless Persons, the launch of the UNHCR’s 10-year campaign to eradicate statelessness, and the first Global Forum on Statelessness.  However, to date, there has been virtually no legal or academic analysis of statelessness in Australia, and little in the way of government responses to it. In this seminar, Michelle Foster will discuss the challenge of responding to statelessness in Australia and globally, and the objectives of the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness that will begin operation in 2018 at Melbourne Law School.

About the Refugees and Forced Migration Seminar Series

Across semester two, the Melbourne Social Equity Institute and Researchers for Asylum Seekers (RAS) are partnering to present a fortnightly seminar series on a range of topics related to forced migration, refugees and people seeking asylum.

Events are held between 1pm and 2pm on Tuesdays at Melbourne Law School, 185 Pelham Street, Carlton.

All events are free and open to all. Bookings are not required. For further information email

Semester 2 Program

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1 August

Room 224

Behind “Behind the Wire”: Sharing New Perspectives
on Mandatory Detention

Michael Green and André Dao

15 August

Room 224

Nowhere People Have a Right to Somewhere:
Statelessness and the Law

Michelle Foster

29 August

Room 920

“Boat People” and Borders: Changing Political Debate
on Asylum Seekers

John Van Kooy

12 September

Room 920

Songs of Celebration and Suffering: Music and Refugees
in Australia

Samantha Dieckmann

3 October

Room 223

From Human Trafficking To “Smuggled” Refugees:
A Case from North Korea

Jiyoung Song

17 October

Room 920

Rising Seas: Climate change, Displacement and

Celia McMichael

31 October

Room 920

Closing the Chapter on Child Detention: Developments
in Normative and Legal Frameworks

Robyn Sampson