Events - 28 Mar 18


China’s Rising Influence: How to Respond?

28 March 2018

China’s rising influence – as an economic powerhouse, a military force, and within our societies – is increasingly felt worldwide. Concerns about Chinese “hard” and “sharp” power are on the rise as countries in Europe and the Asia-Pacific take grapple with how to maintain constructive relations with China while deflecting Chinese government efforts to reshape regional security, access sensitive information, and influence elite and public opinion in favour of Chinese interests. Our panel will take stock of these developments, assess the differing responses in European and Asia-Pacific countries, and consider the implications for relations with China in the years ahead.

Panelists to include: Mathieu Duchatel from the China and Asia Programme and the European Council on Foreign Relations; Bates Gill, Professor of Asia-Pacific Security Studies at Macquarie University and Sheryn Lee, Associate Lecturer in Security Studies at Macquarie University, with Dr Peter van Onselen from The Australian and University of Western Australia as the event moderator.

Catering and drinks to follow. We hope to see you there!

When: 28 March 2018

Where: Macquarie University City Campus, Level 24
123 Pitt Street, Sydney

Time: 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Cost: Free

RSVP: Register online

Book Launch: Refuge Lost – Asylum law in an interdependent world

28 March 2018

As Europe deals with a so-called ‘refugee crisis’, Australia’s harsh border control policies have been suggested as a possible model for Europe to copy. Key measures of this system such as long-term mandatory detention, intercepting and turning boats around at sea, and the extraterritorial processing of asylum claims were actually used in the United States long before they were adopted in Australia.

The book examines the process through which these policies spread between the United States and Australia and the way the courts in each jurisdiction have dealt with the measures. Daniel Ghezelbash’s innovative interdisciplinary analysis shows how policies and practices that ‘work’ in one country might not work in another. This timely book is a must-read for those interested in preserving the institution of asylum in a volatile international and domestic political climate.

The book will be launched by the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, Justice of the High Court of Australia (1996-2009) and Co-Chair, IBA Human Rights Institute (2018-). Other speakers will include Professor Martina Mollering, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts at Macquarie University; Arash Bordbar, refugee youth advocate and winner of the 2016 Young People’s Human Rights Medal; and Daniel Ghezelbash, Senior Lecturer at Macquarie Law School and the author of Refuge Lost: Asylum Law in an Interdependent World

The event will be followed by drinks and networking as well as book sales and signing.

When: 28 March 2018

Where: Macquarie University City Campus, Level 24, 123 Pitt Street SYDNEY

Time: 6.00 PM – 7.30 PM

RSVP: Fully booked! Please check back with us next week.

We hope to see you there!

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