Conference: Children, Migration and the Right to Health

25 July 2019 to 26 July 2019


Registration is now closed.

About the conference:

Thursday 25 July - Friday 26 July

This two-day conference titled: 'Children, Migration and the Right to Health' will bring together leading academics and organisations working with child migrants, including the Australian Human Rights Commission, the Refugee Advice and Casework Service, UNHCR and other interested parties. Building on research and experience of the participants, the conference aims to:

  1. Facilitate exchange of information on work being done at the country, regional and global level to assist children on the move;
  2. Establish practical strategies for giving content to notions of Best Interests for migrant children in various contexts of displacement;
  3. Workshop guidelines to assist professionals responsible for managing and assisting children on the move; and
  4. Encourage the development of national curriculum to cross-train physicians, social workers, advocates on preparing for and participating in Best Interest Determinations

Migrant Children in situations of displacement face a heightened risk of discrimination, disadvantage, exclusion and even physical and psychological abuse. This risk may be further exacerbated by other factors such as age, gender and disability, as well as socio-economic and citizenship status. Even where resources are available to support displaced groups and/or those with disabilities, migrant children are more likely to be isolated and excluded and thus deprived of important services and facilities aimed at ensuring provision of their basic rights. Where a child has a disability, the disadvantages and risks can be compounded. Australia's experience with children presenting as irregular maritime arrivals is one facet of a global phenomenon, with unprecedented numbers of children on the move.

While the development of and support for human rights law in this area has been a positive step towards improving the situation, recent years have seen dramatic failures in policy and practice in countries seen traditionally as leaders in this field. In this context, the need to re-examine procedures, share knowledge and resources, and devise practical strategies has never been more important - to support and empower those children most at risk of falling through the cracks.

Key speakers
The conference will feature Australia's Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr Edward Santow; UNHCR Representative for Australia and the Pacific, Ms Louise Aubin; acclaimed human rights lawyer Ms Jennifer Robinson and other leading national and international experts on children, migration and human rights. The conference will draw on contributors to the Protecting Migrant Children: In Search of Best Practice (Elgar Publishing, 2018)

Click here for a copy of the program

Two day conference registration is complimentary, however registration is essential.

Day 1:Conference dinner (ticket $110):
Thursday 25 July, 7-9.30pm

Forum Restaurant
Level 1 (street level)- F23 Administration Building,
Corner of City Road and Eastern Avenue, Camperdown
Dinner includes: 3 x course meal and drinks/alcohol package

If you would like to attend the dinner, click here for payment

Supporters:This conference is a Research Conference initiative of The University of Sydney Law School; the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC); Macquarie Law School; the Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS); Sydney Asia Pacific Migration Centre and theNational Justice Project.


B B & A Miller Fund;Penny Gerstle, The Hand Up Foundation;Andrew and Renata Kaldor; Ability First, the Sydney Asia Pacific Migration Centre, Faculty of Arts and Social Science and Konica Minolta

Sponsorship enquiries: please contact Professor Mary Crock:
T +61 2 9351 0289 | F+61 2 9351 0200 or E

Time: See draft program above

Location: Sydney Law School, Law Foyer (level 2 ), New Law Building (F10), Eastern Avenue, Camperdown

Cost: Conference is free, however registration is essential. Dinner ticket: $110

Contact: Professional Learning & Community Engagement team

Phone: 02 9351 0248

Email: 3f18391b534337013d4528220a4f04114f4f2c3612662916