Title

UNDA Academic presents at International Conference focussing on Human Security in the Middle East

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Winter 8-9-2007

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle

Publication Place

Fremantle

Abstract

Law lecturer from The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle, Ben Clarke, travelled to Jordon during the semester break to deliver a paper at an international conference being held at Tafila Technical University.

The conference, Human development and security in a Changing World, was held in response to the increasing local, regional and global efforts to improve human life and security in the Middle East.

It provided interesting debates on how human security, development, education and eradication of poverty are best achieved.

Mr Clarke presented a paper that assessed Australian counter-terrorism law, policy and its international struggle against terrorism.

“My presentation highlighted efforts within the Australian Muslim community to prevent the radicalisation of Muslim youth and thereby limit the threat of terrorist sleeper cells that have mushroomed in the United Kingdom.

“I also examined the mixed success of Australian foreign policy in the Asia Pacific, including efforts to assist neighbouring states in addressing potential terrorist threats,” said Mr Clarke

The conference also focussed on the importance of achieving lasting peace is the Middle East.

“Jordan is a country that is renowned for its efforts to achieve justice for Palestinians and a lasting peace between Israel and its neighbours. This is one reason why I try to attend and support their international conferences. It also provided an opportunity to meet with fellow human rights academics from across the Middle East and learn their perspectives on a range of issues. That is always fascinating.” said Mr Clarke.

“It provided interesting debates on how human security, development, education, good governance and eradication of poverty are best achieved in Arab States.”