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Oct 2012: European Studies Summer School Jan 2013

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Europe in the 21st century: Power, leadership & crisis

Summer school for secondary school teachers

16-18 January 2013
Melbourne, Australia

A three-day intensive program for teachers of:

  • History
  • Global politics
  • Social and cultural studies
  • Economics
  • European languages

The 2013 European Studies Summer School offers a unique opportunity to engage with expert speakers on topics that complement secondary school curricula.

Day 1: Europe, Power & Leadership
Day 2: Europe & Crisis
Day 3: Europe-Australia Relations

Participation is free for all teachers from Australian and New Zealand secondary schools.  A small number of travel and accommodation bursaries are available.

Themes covered:

  • Global leadership and trade
  • Development and aid
  • Migration and refugees
  • Multiculturalism
  • Global security and conflict
  • Environmental challenges
  • Climate change

The program features interactive sessions with senior academics and practitioners, multiple case studies, interdisciplinary approach, and practical suggestions for incorporation of resources into the classroom setting.

Excursions to European cultural institutions and the Immigration Museum are included.

Detailed program available late 2012.


- Monash European and EU Centre

- ANU Centre for European Studies

- European Union Centre at RMIT

- National Centre for Research on Europe, New Zealand

with support of the European Commission.

For more information, or to register your interest, contact the Monash European and EU Centre

T: +61 3 9903 4638


17 October 2012: Euro Crisis: The impetus for continental consolidation. Or a case of reverse alchemy?

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Optimists see the current Euro Crisis as the disaster Europe had to have, so as to give its evolutionary process a much-needed boost. Alas, such optimism may well prove ill-founded.

Dr Varoufakis argues that underneath the surface of debates on fiscal pacts, monetary policy and north-south transfers, a modern titanomachy rages between forces and interests which instead of bringing about the desired continental consolidation, he believes are tearing the continent apart.

Dr Yanis Varoufakis received his economics doctorate from the University of Essex. He taught economics and econometrics at the University of Essex and the University of East Anglia before spending a year as a Fellow at the University of Cambridge.

From 1989 to 2000 he taught as Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of Sydney. In 2000 he moved to his native Greece to be Professor of Economic Theory at the University of Athens, where he also established an international doctoral program in economics (UADPhilEcon). He now holds a Visiting Professorship at the Lyndon B Johnson Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas.

Since the global and euro crises began in 2008, Varoufakis has been an active participant in the debates occasioned by these events. Together with Stuart Holland, he is the author of A Modest Proposal for Resolving the Euro Crisis.

When: Wednesday, 17 October 2012
Time: 6:00-7:00pm Public Lecture followed by refreshments 7:00-7:30pm
Venue: Monash University Law Chambers, Level 1, Seminar Room 1, 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
RSVP: by Friday 12 Oct for catering purposes

12 Oct, 2012: The EU and interregionalism: the case of ASEM

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Melissa Conley Tyler, National Executive Director, Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA)

In 2010 Australia became a member of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), an organisation that brings together 45 Asian and European states. ASEM is one of the largest international meetings at leaders’ level but has a surprisingly low profile.

ASEM is an unusual attempt to promote dialogue between two distinct regions. Commentators have mixed views of ASEM’s success: those who emphasise the importance of dialogue and relationship-building tend to be satisfied; those who look for concrete outcomes tend to be less so.

Melissa Conley Tyler will give an outline of the structure and functioning of ASEM and an update on this year’s meeting in Vientiane, Laos. She will also place ASEM in the larger context of different concepts of regionalism in Europe and Asia.

Melissa, a lawyer and specialist in conflict resolution, was appointed National Executive Director of AIIA in 2006. She was previously Program Manager of the International Conflict Resolution Centre at the University of Melbourne and Senior Fellow of Melbourne Law School.

In 2008 she was selected as one of the nation’s 1,000 “best and brightest” to participate in the Australia 2020 Summit convened by the Prime Minister to discuss future challenges facing Australia. Later in 2008 she was selected to receive the Young Alumni Award for most outstanding graduate of the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy under 40. She is a member of the International Advisory Council of the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy.

Date: 12 October, 2012 from 9:00am to 11:00am
Room H235, Building H, 900 Dandenong Road, Monash University Caulfield Campus

All welcome no charge

9 Nov 2012: 4th Annual National Security and Strategy Workshop

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Secured Prosperity.
Border Security, Critical Infrastructure Protection and Strategic Sustainability of the State and the Nation

9 November 2012

Crown Perth, Western Australia

Keynote Speaker: The Hon Stephen Smith MP Minister for Defence

Key themes:
Australia’s foreign and defence policy
Regional security
Organised crime and terrorism
Energy and maritime security

Topics include:
The Evolving Threat Environment & Border Security
Southeast Asian Security Environment and the Prospects of War
Major Threats to Australian Borders
A Global Perspective on Corruption
Critical Infrastructure Protection
Border Security Issues and Critical Infrastructure Protection
Challenges of Securing Critical Infrastructure
ADF’s Hardening Security of Borders and Key Assets
Challenges for the Western Australian Energy Sector
Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection
Issues for Australia’s Business and Government

For more information, registration and conference updates, please visit

14 September, 2012: Parallel Importation of Genuine Products: Changing the Australian Government’s Policy

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Stephen Stern, Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Parallel importation is the importation into Australia for resale of genuine products, through channels other than those authorised by the original manufacturer and brand owner.  For almost 20 years successive Australian Governments have allowed and indeed encouraged such parallel importation, in the belief that this will encourage price competition and benefit consumers.

Whilst offering goods at prices below those of authorised distributors or local subsidiaries, parallel importers free ride on the publicity of authorised importers, almost never provide warranty support, don’t carry spare parts and commonly refer consumer complaints and claims to the authorised importer.  The costs of such problems have never been taken into account by Government.

As the Australian Trade Marks Office looks at some aspects of the trade mark laws that deal with parallel importation, there may be opportunities to address the problem at Government level.

The presentation discusses possible approaches to address issues surrounding parallel importation and to engage with Government.

Stephen is a partner of Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Chair of the firm’s Europe Focus group, and an intellectual property lawyer with a significant practice in the patent and trade mark litigation areas, including protecting international brands.

Stephen acts for a wide range of clients, from luxury goods manufacturers and machinery manufacturers to watch makers and wine producers, protecting all aspects of their intellectual property portfolios against misuse.

He has given advice to the European Commission, is an occasional lecturer at the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (the OIV) in Paris and lectures on wine law at the University of Bordeaux Montesquieu.  In 2006 Stephen was appointed a Chevalier of the Ordre du Mérite – Agricole by a Decree of the French Republic.

Date:     Friday 14 September 2012
Time:     2:00 to 3:30pm
Venue:  Room HB32, Building H basement level, Monash University Caulfield campus, 900 Dandenong Road, Caulfield East
RSVP:   by Tues 11 September to

All welcome – no charge

25 July, 2012: The Euro crisis and the future of the Franco-German partnership

Monday, July 16th, 2012

France, Germany and the European Union: where to from here?

On 8 July German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande commemorated 50 years of friendship between France and Germany and called for more political integration within the European Union (EU).

For the past two years, the crisis in the euro zone has put the spotlight on the Franco-German partnership, spawning the neologism “Merkozy”.  Since the election of François Hollande differences of opinion have emerged regarding the response needed with respect to debt and economic growth.

Can “Merkhollande” lead the EU out of its crisis?

The Ambassador of France to Australia, H.E. Mr Stéphane Romatet, will give an overview of the achievements of the Franco-German partnership, and his views on and analysis of its future and that of the EU.  He will touch upon the implications for EU/Australia relations.

H.E. Mr Stéphane Romatet has been French Ambassador to Australia since November 2011.  From 2006-2008 he served in various positions for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs).  He was Head of the Cultural and Cooperation Mission for West Africa from 2003-2005 at the French Embassy in Dakar, and Deputy Head of Mission in Ottawa from 1999-2003.

Date: Wednesday 25 July 2012
Time: 11:00-12noon
Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA),  Caulfield Campus,
Ground Floor, F Building,  Dandenong Rd , Melbourne by Monday 23 July

All Welcome – No Charge

20 & 27 June, 2012: Two AIIAV Public Events

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Francophone Africa – What’s That?

On Wednesday evening (20 June) Mr. William Fisher, the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to La Francophonie & Francophone States of Africa will be speaking at the Institute on the cultural, commercial and political relevance of French speaking African countries to Australia. His topic: “Francophone Africa – What’s That?”. Mr. Fisher is the head of the Victoria State office of the Department of  Foreign  Affairs and a career diplomat. This most engaging  presentation will take place from 6 – 7.30pm at Dyason House, 124  Jolimont Road, East  Melbourne, 3002.

The cost to non-members is $30 or $15 for student non-members. If you wish to attend this function, please email one day in advance.

France, the EU and Australia

On Wednesday week (27 June) the French Ambassador to Australia, HE Mr. Stéphane Romatet will present on “France, the EU and Australia” at a special French networking lunch hosted by the AIIAV. Prior to his appointment as Ambassador to Australia in November 2011, HE Mr. Romatet held several senior positions in the French Ministry for   Foreign and European Affairs, including Deputy Secretary for   Administration and Management, Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff to the Foreign Minister, Deputy Head of Mission in the French Embassy in Canada, and senior postings in Jordan and Senegal. Ambassador Romatet will share his insights on a raft of complex issues surrounding the EU, the Eurozone crisis and French relations with Australia. This event will take place from 12.15-2.30pm at Swanston Hall, Melbourne   Town Hall, Collins Street, Melbourne, 3000. The dress code is business attire.

In recognition of our ties with the Monash University, the Institute is pleased to offer Monash academics the discounted AIIA member rate of  $75 (the normal rate is $90) for this event. We ask that people indicate that they are Monash academics and reiterate this  offer when  purchasing tickets. Bookings are essential by 22 June (email:

For more information please see AIIA website.

Sept 2012: GTReC conference: ARC Linkage Project on Radicalisation

Friday, May 25th, 2012

ARC Linkage Project on Radicalisation – 2012 Annual Conference

“Countering terrorism in Australia and Indonesia 10 years after Bali’

26-28 September 2012
Monash University Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

This conference aims to link theory and practice and thus will interest a wide spectrum of counter terrorism stakeholders including academics, security practitioners, policy makers, community leaders and students. The general public is also most welcome to attend. While the conference will focus on Australia and Indonesia, it will also address issues of violent extremism more broadly.

The conference will address the following themes:
- Australian and Indonesian responses to terrorism since Bali
- Australia/Indonesia counter-terrorism cooperation
- Impact of terrorism on international relations in Australasia and SE Asia
- Disengagement and deradicalisation in the region
- Psychology of terrorism
- Countering violent extremism (CVE) programs
- Homegrown terrorism and diaspora connections

* Abstracts and bios to be submitted by: 25 June 2012, 5:00pm
* Please submit abstracts and bios to:
* Notification of abstract acceptance: 10 July 2012

For more details on conference registration, please visit

Please direct all conference enquiries to:
* Email:
* Telephone: +61 3 9903 2541

3-7 July 2012: LCL winter school: “Translation, Transnation”

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Monash University School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics

The theme for the second annual Translation Winter School & Festival is TRANSLATION, TRANSNATION, giving emphasis to the connections between transnational writing and the practice of translation. The event is aimed at students, writers, professional translators, language teachers and anyone interested in literary translation! A week-long residential program of hands-on translation practice is accompanied by public talks and panel discussions addressing a wide range of topics, as well as networking opportunities. Daily translation workshops are led by both an expert translator and the author of the text to be translated.

Working languages for the 2012 Winter School are: ITALIAN, JAPANESE & CHINESE (MANDARIN).

Invited authors and translators
Italian stream: Laila Wadia & Brigid Maher
Japanese stream: Zhong Zhang & Elise Foxworth
Chinese (Mandarin) stream: Shu Cai & Ouyang Yu

Program details
Date: 3–7 July, 2012
Venue: LaTrobe University city campus, 215 Franklin St, Melbourne

Registration fee incl GST: Waged $400; Student/Unwaged $290. Includes daily workshops and all public events, all materials, morning tea and lunch on workshop days, welcome reception. There will also be a closing luncheon on the final day (cost TBA).

Expressions of Interest (cover letter, CV and sample translation) are due Friday 25 May 2012.

For information on how to submit an Expression of Interest, or to view the provisional program and information about accommodation, please visit the website.

April 2012: 18th ASEF University (AU18): Call for Applications

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), the University of Tartu (UT), and the Estonian School Student Councils’ Union (ESCU) are pleased to invite eligible youth from Asia and Europe to participate in the 18th ASEF University (AU18).

You are ELIGIBLE to apply if you are:

  • A citizen of any ASEM country
  • A student, a young professional or a young educator
  • Between 18-30 years old
  • Proficient in English
  • Studying/working in the fields of Economics, (Social) Marketing, Environment, Arts or Psychology/Behavioural Studies
  • Committed to participate during the project as well as during the online preparation and follow-up
  • Preferred: an active member of a non-governmental or international voluntary service organisation involved in environmental (awareness) activities.

To apply: See the website for full instructions and online application forms.

Application deadline: Monday, 23 April 2012, 1200H Singapore time (UTC/GMT +8 hours).

ASEF, UT and ESCU will cover accommodation, meal costs and all local travel arrangements (related to AU18) in Estonia. All selected participants will receive a travel subsidy with a cap of EUR 200 for participants coming from Europe and Russia, EUR 550 for those coming from Asia and EUR 750 for those coming from Australia and New Zealand (see “Important Note” section on the online application form for full description).

For inquiries: contact Mr. Rob van Leeuwen, Project Officer, People-to-People Exchange, Asia-Europe Foundation

ASEM now brings together 46 member states (Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mongolia, Myanmar, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, United Kingdom, Vietnam) plus the European Commission and the ASEAN Secretariat.