Melbourne Panel Event

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. Co-hosted by the End Child Detention Coalition and the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law.

Date: Tuesday 4th September 2018
Time: 6.30pm to 7.45pm, Welcome refreshments from 6pm
Venue: Monash University Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Meet our Speakers

Mariane Quintao, Ambassador Global Campaign to End Child Immigration Detention

Mariane Quintao is a global campaigner, who was once detained as a child in the United States. She has been a Youth Advocate with the campaign since 2012. Over the past six years, she has made many wonderful contributions to the campaign. Mariane has written blog posts, participated in webinars and presented at Campaign events. In 2017, as well as testifying at the UN Human Rights Council before a Thematic Session on the Global Compacts. She shared her story, which represents the story of many around the world, and shared her critical recommendations. Marianne is an advocate to the Campaign and an English Teacher. Mariane has recently graduated in International Relations in Brazil and is currently working on a Master’s Degree Thesis project about Immigration Detention of Children in Australia. Mariane was born in Brazil and after living for 7 years in the US, she spent 3 weeks at a detention center in New York. Marianne is now based in Canberra.

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

Dr Robyn Sampson is 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.

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

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.