Session in Focus: Principles to Promote and Protect the Human Rights of International Students

 11.40am Thursday 4 October

Session Chair – Dr Eva Egron-Polak
Secretary General, International Association of Universities, UNESCO Paris

Dr. Helen Szoke,
Australian Race Discrimination Commissioner
Aleem Nizari, President, Council of International Students Australia
Professor Dean Forbes, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (International and Communities)
Flinders University
Gurdeep Singh Dhillon, CEO Australian Institute of Technical Training (AITT) and Member ACPET Board

Session Abstract:

In the light of events affecting a number of international students and taking account of Australia’s human rights obligations under international law to which Australia is a signatory, the Australian Human Right Commission has developed and at this special session will make public and launch a major publication: Principles to promote and protect the human rights of international students.

The principles are intended to provide another lens, in addition to the existing protections under for example the ESOS Act, through which Australian institutions and other responsible authorities, including governments, might view their responsibilities towards international students, to ensure that all Australia’s obligation are met and protections for international students are achieved in practice.  

Following a presentation of the Principles by the Australian Race Discrimination Commissioner, responses will be invited from a panel involving international students and representatives from the education sectors.  Discussion will focus on the practical implications for institutions in all sectors and ways in which institutions might improve their efforts to support international students.

 Printed copies of the Principles will be distributed at the session.


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