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Immigration Law Conference 2012 – March 2012

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On Friday 9th and 10th March Glenn Ferguson will be attending the 2012 Immigration Law Conference in Sydney.

The Immigration Lawyers Association of Australasia (ILAA) hosts the annual CPD Immigration Law Conference at the: Royal Automobile Club of Australia, 89 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW. With this year’s theme “Current challenges – future trends”. Confirmed speakers include:

  • The Hon. Chris Bowen MP, Minister for Immigration and Citizenship
  • Mr Denis O’Brien, Principal Member, Migration/Refugee Review Tribunal
  • Federal Magistrate Matthew Smith
  • Professor Mary Crock, Associate Dean, Sydney Law School
  • Professor Jane McAdam, University of New South Wales Faculty of Law
  • Ms Cathy Gale, President, Law Council of Australia
  • Ms Christine Sykes, CEO, OMARA

Topics to be discussed include:

  • The clash of law and policy-Immigration law versus administrative law
  • Complimentary Protection Changes – A New Paradigm
  • Australia’s Migration Program in a global context
  • Expressions of Interest and Skill Select
  • The growth of the 457 visa program and compliance regimes
  • Ethics for lawyer agents and the challenges of dual regulation

Glenn Ferguson will also chair the “International session – Future directions in migration law in selected Commonwealth Countries” which will be attended by;

Diplomatic staff from the High Commissions of the United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand including:

  • Mr Don Murray (Canada)
  • Mr Matthew Ayers (New Zealand)
  • Ms Dominique Hardy (United Kingdom)

Leading international immigration law practitioners including:

  • Ms Laura Devine (United Kingdom)
  • Ms Jacqueline Bart (Canada)
  • Mr Bernard Banks (New Zealand)
  • Mr Ranjit Malhotra (India)

The Friday evening conference dinner will be held at Parliament House of NSW Featuring Sydney comedian Anh Do (author of The Happiest Refugee).

Established in 2003, ILAA was jointly founded by Glenn Ferguson former President of the Law Council of Australia, now managing director of Ferguson Cannon Lawyers and former executive member of the International Law Section of the LCA and Anne O’Donoghue, now MD of Immigration Solutions Lawyers. Two years later ILAA joined forces with the LCA and is now part of the International Law Section of the LCA.

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