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  17 mai 2005

Inauguration officielle

Chaire de recherche du Canada en droit international des migrations

Le 17 mai 2005, a eu lieu l’inauguration officielle de la Chaire de recherche du Canada en droit international des migrations.

Cet événement a été souligné par la venue de Mme Erika Feller, Directrice du Bureau de la Protection Internationale du Haut Commissariat des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés.

Vous trouverez l’intégralité du texte de Mme Feller à l’adresse suivante :

"Who is a Refugee and who is not - the Crisis of Identity as a Challenge to Protection"
Inaugural Address by Ms. Erika Feller, Director, Department of International Protection, UNHCR, at the Canada Research Chair in International Migration Law, Centre for International Studies, University of Montreal

Erika Feller is currently the Director of the Department of International Protection with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Her professional experience, to this point spanning over 30 years, has had as a constant thread working with the practice as well as the theory and the drafting of international human rights and refugee law.

Ms. Feller had 14 years of international experience as a diplomat with the Australian Foreign Service, serving both in Canberra and abroad - Berlin, Rome and Geneva - before taking up her first assignment with UNHCR in 1986 as Senior Legal Adviser in the Office of the Director, Division of Refugee Law and Doctrine. With UNHCR, she has served largely in Geneva, but also in the field, as The High Commissioner’s Representative for Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore. In her current function, she is required to be familiar with and travel frequently to major UNHCR operations on all continents.

Ms. Feller has broad experience with multilateral and bilateral diplomacy, with international law as the constant thread, for four years. She was Australia’s representative on the UN Committee which drafted the UN Convention against Torture. She worked closely with the eminent international lawyer, Sir Eli Lauterpacht, as his principle assistant, when he served as the Legal Advisor to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs. With UNHCR, she has served in a variety of different capacities in the Department of International Protection, including as Head of its Legal Advice Section. She has, in addition, a solid background in human rights work, including having headed the Australian Foreign Ministry’s Human Rights Section at the operative stage of its early development.

Ms. Feller is a co-editor of the book “Refugee Protection in International Law - UNHCR’s Global Consultations on International Protection” (Cambridge University Press - 2003).

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