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Past events

Partnerships and Legal Innovation in Defending Refugees

Date: June 20, 2017

Time: 6.00pm - 8pm

Location: Lander & Rogers, Level 12, 600 Bourke St Melbourne

Join Refugee Legal, Lander & Rogers and Professor Hilary Charlesworth on World Refugee Day 2017

Legal centres, law firms, universities, volunteers and philanthropists are finding new ways to partner to defend refugees. Join Refugee Legal, Lander & Rogers and Professor Hilary Charlesworth on World Refugee Day 2017 to discuss partnerships and legal innovation in defending refugees.

Drinks and canapes provided
$10 NGO/$15 full price

Professor Hilary Charlesworth

Hilary Charlesworth is a Melbourne Laureate Professor at Melbourne Law School. She is also a Distinguished Professor at the Australian National University. Her research includes the structure of the international legal system, peacebuilding, human rights law and international humanitarian law and international legal theory, particularly feminist approaches to international law.

Comedy for Good

Date: June 22, 2017

Time: 7.00pm - 11.00pm

Location: Howler Bar - Dawson St Brunswick

Our Very Excellent Ambassador Tom Ballard has organised this Refugee Week 2017 benefit gig for Refugee Legal.

Come see awesome line up of Tom Gleeson, Cal Wilson, Tommy Little, Geraldine Quinn, Nelly Thomas, Dilruk Jayasinha, Kirsty Webeck and Tom Ballard.

MASSG Annual Lunch

Date: October 6, 2017

Time: 12.30pm

Location: Bridges Restaurant, 1075 Heidelberg-Kinglake Rd, Hurstbridge Vic. 3099

David Manne to speak at Montmorency Asylum Seekers (MASSG) annual lunch.

All proceeds go to Refugee Legal for visa assistance to asylum seekers. Find out about Refugee Legal and the current visa crises for asylum seekers here:

Tickets $30 (for a two course meal). If you wish to be seated together with friends on a table, please email your request to



Refugee Legal Annual Dinner

Start date: October 10, 2017

End date: November 21, 2017

Time: From 7.00pm

Location: Fitzroy Town Hall

We would be delighted if you could join us for Refugee Legal’s Annual Dinner to be held on Tuesday 21 November 2017.

We are honoured that our keynote speaker this year is Mr Thomas Albrecht, the Regional Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Canberra. Mr Albrecht is one of the UNHCR’s most experienced representatives, having worked in a range of senior posts across the globe over the last 30 years.

Our annual dinner is an opportunity to celebrate the year’s outstanding achievements and to focus on future challenges. It’s also a key fundraiser to support our vital work defending the rights and dignity of asylum seekers, refugees and disadvantaged migrants

Tickets: General –  $100 (incl. GST)
Tickets: Refugee Legal Volunteer – $67 (incl. GST)

Bookings at: 

World Refugee Day – Free Event

Date: June 20, 2018

Time: 12.30pm to 2.00pm

Location: Swanston Room, Melbourne Town Hall 90-120 Swanston Street, Melbourne

Refugee Legal is hosting a free special event to mark World Refugee Day.

It’s Time: Where to From Here on Refugee Policy?

In conversation, the high-level panel will address this vital question for our nation and the international community.

Panel members will include:

  • Professor Gillian Triggs: Vice Chancellor’s Fellow, University of Melbourne; Former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission
  • Erika Feller: Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow, University of Melbourne; Former Assistant High Commissioner (Protection), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • David Manne: Executive Director and Principal Solicitor, Refugee Legal

Panel facilitator:
Helen Kapalos: Chairperson of the Victorian Multicultural Commission

Event details:

  • Date: Wednesday 20 June 2017
  • Time: 12.30 to 2.00pm
  • Venue: Swanston Room, Melbourne Town Hall
    90-120 Swanston Street, Melbourne


This is a free event but booking is essential.

You can book to attend the event using the link below: