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Immigration law experts gather in Melbourne to attend the Immigration Law Conference 2024

26 March 2024

Caption: Law Council President, Greg McIntyre SC opening the Immigration Law Conference.

The 2024 Immigration Law Conference held in Melbourne was an extraordinary gathering of top-tier experts and practitioners in the field. Over the course of three days, attendees were treated to a comprehensive exploration of the most pressing issues facing immigration law and policy in Australia.

Law Council of Australia President, Greg McIntyre SC, delivered the opening address with his insightful remarks, emphasising the challenges of immigration law. The Honourable Justice Emilios Kyrou AO, President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) also delivered opening remarks.

The Hon Andrew Giles MP, Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, and Multicultural Affairs underscored the government's commitment to fostering inclusive and equitable immigration policies. Damian Kilner, First Assistant Secretary of Immigration Programs Division at the Department of Home Affairs, offered valuable perspectives on the operational aspects of immigration management.

Throughout the Conference, esteemed speakers such as Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, and Amanda Dansie, Director of Labour Agreements at the Department of Home Affairs (DHA), delved into the intersections of immigration law, human rights, and policy implementation.

Judicial figures including the Honourable Deputy Chief Judge Mercuri, The Honourable Justice Geoffrey Ross Kennett, and the Honourable Justice Christopher James Horan provided invaluable insights from the bench, highlighting key legal principles and precedents shaping immigration jurisprudence.

The Conference also featured contributions from experts in academia and advocacy, including Associate Professor Anna Boucher of the University of Sydney and Laurie Berg, Co-Executive Director of the Migrant Justice Institute. Their research and advocacy work added depth and nuance to discussions on topics such as refugee rights, labor migration, and social integration.

As the event ended, participants left with renewed inspiration and a deeper understanding of the complex landscape of immigration law.

The 2024 Immigration Law Conference proved to be a great success, fostering meaningful dialogue, forging connections, and laying the groundwork for future collaboration in this vital field.


Caption L-R: Mr Christian Bell, Migration Manager and Mr Manoj Fernando, "Young Migration Lawyer of the Year".

The 2024 Immigration Law Conference in Melbourne not only served as a platform for seasoned professionals but also celebrated the promising talents emerging within the field. Among the highlights of this prestigious event was the announcement of the "Young Migration Lawyer of the Year" Award, presented to Mr Manoj Fernando of Dobson Mitchell Allport.

Manoj's exceptional dedication, expertise, and commitment to the practice of migration law have earned him this well-deserved recognition. His innovative approaches to complex legal challenges, coupled with his unwavering advocacy for migrant communities, have distinguished him as a rising star in the field.

The awarding of the "Young Migration Lawyer of the Year" to Manoj Fernando not only honors his individual accomplishments but also symbolises the promising potential of the next generation of legal practitioners. Manoj's recognition reminds us of the vital role that young professionals play in shaping the future of immigration law and ensuring justice and fairness for all.



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