FlashPoint - The Rohingya Crisis and the Politics of International Law

Wed 18 Oct 2017 5:30pm7:00pm


Federal Court of Australia, 119 North Quay, Brisbane CBD

The recent escalation in violence in Myanmar’s Rahkhine state has starkly highlighted the continuing humanitarian crisis in Myanmar’s northwest region and the unresolved communal conflict between Arakanese Buddhists and Muslim Rohingyas. The NLD government of Aung San Suu Kyi has been under pressure from the international community, to respond more effectively to the situation in Rakhine and to stop the atrocities being committed against the Rohingyas by the military. Some have argued that the situation amounts to a genocide. In this Flashpoint event, our expert panel will discuss this crisis and ask, does the situation amount to a genocide? And, given that Myanmar is not a signatory to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, what legal and policy tools are available to the international community to investigate and to act in response to these claims?

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Professor Alex Bellamy, Director Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (APR2P)

Dr Mellisa Curley, Senior Lecturer, School of Political Science and International Studies, Director of the Rotary Peace Centre

Dr Melanie O'Brien, Research Fellow in International Law, TC Beirne School of Law and researcher in APR2P

Associate Professor Jacinta O'Hagan, Director Graduate Centre in Governance and Internaitonal Affairs, Host and Moderator