Luminaries - Sustaining global attention and support for Ukraine

Our upcoming webinar explores the current state in Ukraine including ongoing human rights abuses, the pivotal role Australia and other countries can play, and effective strategies for ensuring that Ukraine remains a focal point in the collective global consciousness.

Joining us for this discussion is UOW alumni and war correspondent, Misha Zelinsky, who’s on-ground coverage provided unique perspective on Russia’s invasion from within Ukraine. We welcome Gaiane Nuridzhanian, an international lawyer from Ukraine, who specialises in human rights law, international criminal law and settlement of international disputes. Misha and Gaiane will join UOW experts, Associate Professor Phil Orchard and Associate Professor Markus Wagner to discuss possible pathways towards the resolution of the war, global implications and how international awareness can be sustained.

ModeratorNiamh Kinchin, Associate Professor, UOW School of Law. Associate Professor Kinchin is an expert in refugee administration and constitutional law, technology and administrative justice at the University of Wollongong.

The panellists:

  • Misha Zelinsky: A UOW graduate and Fullbright Scholar, Misha is an economist, lawyer, and author and has spent 2022 and 2023 covering Russia’s invasion from inside Ukraine as a war correspondent for The Australian Financial Review.
  • Gaiane Nuridzhanian: Associate Professor, UiT Arctic University of Norway. Associate Professor Nuridzhanian is an international lawyer from Ukraine. She specialises in human rights, international criminal law and international disputes. She has worked for the European Court of Human Rights, Council of Europe, and the International Criminal Court.
  • Markus Wagner: Associate Professor, UOW School of Law. Associate Professor Wagner is an expert in international law and politics, providing commentary for numerous newspapers as well as ABC News, CNN, France 24 and Al-Jazeera.
  • Phil Orchard: Associate Professor, UOW School of Humanities and Social Inquiry. Associate Professor Orchard's research focuses on international efforts to provide institutional and legal forms of protection to internally displaced persons, refugees, and war-affected civilians. He studies international actors, such as the United Nations, and investigates how these actors can help to protect and assist refugees.