Event promotion: Beyond the Substance: Psychedelics and the Challenge of Medical Research and Drug Policy

Global Health & Humanities Book Talk Series - Beyond the Substance: Psychedelics and the Challenge of Medical Research and Drug Policy

Speaker: Dr. Ido Hartogsohn
Discussant: Prof. Gordon Mathews
Dr. Alex Gearin
Moderator: Dr. Priscilla Song
Date: Monday 10 January 2022
Time: 5:00 p.m. Hong Kong (9:00 a.m. London / 11:00 a.m. Tel Aviv / 8:00 p.m. Sydney)
Delivery: via Zoom (zoom session details will be sent prior to the event after registration)

Abstract:
Medical science and drug policy approaches have often been based on essentialist definitions of drug action and dichotomous distinctions between licit drugs and drugs of abuse. In recent years, though, a growing awareness fo the context-dependency and socio-cultural situatedness of drug effects have opened up the prospect of rethinking medical drug research and drug policy in light of social constructivist insights into drug effects, which place the emphasis on the cruciality of set and setting (context) rather than chemical essentialism. Based on Ido Hartogsohn's American Trip: Set, Setting and the Psychedelic Experience in the 20th Century (MIT Press, 2020), the talk will use the story of mid-twentieth-century American psychedelic research and culture as a backdrop for an examination of social-constructivist insights into the context-dependency of drug effects and their implications for medical research and drug policy.

Registration: https://rb.gy/eyfbrk

John Jay College of Criminal Justice: Position of Assistant Professor in International Criminal Justice

John Jay College of Criminal Justice invites social scientists in the interdisciplinary field of international criminal justice (ICJ) to apply for a tenure-track, joint appointment in the ICJ BA and ICJ MA programs and in a department to be determined by the candidate’s Ph.D. or area of research. (Possible home departments include Criminal Justice; Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration; Sociology; Political Science; Economics; Anthropology; Africana Studies; and Latin American and Latinx Studies, with all personnel matters handled through the home department). The position begins in Fall 2022.

Click here for more details of the position.

Event promotion: “Let’s Talk Scams” – National Scams Awareness Week

Live and Online Panel Discussion: "Let's Talk Scams" - National Scams Awareness Week

QUT Centre for Justice welcomes you to a live and on-line panel discussion during National Scams Awareness Week

Date: 2021.11.08 (Mon)
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (AEST)
Venue: Online (webinar details will be given after registration).
Language: English

About this event

Each year, millions of Australians lose money to fraud. According to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Australians reported over $851 million lost to fraud in 2020, up from $634 million in 2019. While these monetary losses are significant, there are also many wide ranging non-financial harms that result from fraud. The impact can be both devastating and life changing for victims, yet there is a shame and stigma that prevents many from talking about it.

Monday 8th November marks the beginning of National Scams Awareness Week. The theme for this year's campaign is “Let’s talk scams”, and we intend to do this. Please join us for a panel discussion on the topic of fraud and scams, facilitated by Associate Professor Cassandra Cross, with the following leading industry experts from across Australia. The panel will cover all aspects of fraud from policing, to prevention, to support.

The panel will include:

  • Delia Rickard, Deputy Commissioner, - Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
  • Sarah Dreaver, Manager, Financial Crime Investigations, Customer Protect – Suncorp
  • Detective Sergeant Karen McAteer – Fraud and Cyber Crime Group, Queensland Police Service
  • Victoria Schiffer, Delivery Manager APAC Security and Tom Rhind, Trust and Safety Manager – Seek

This event will be run in person at QUT Gardens Point Campus and via webinar for those who can't attend in person. A webinar link will follow.

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/lets-talk-scams-national-scams-awareness-week-tickets-191472197497

Event promotion: Refugee Protection in Hong Kong Today Online Talk

Online Talk: Refugee Protection in Hong Kong Today 

Speaker: Surabhi Chopra
Raquel Amadopr
Chloe Fung
Date: 2021.03.31 (Wed)
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Venue: Online (zoom session details will be given after registration).
Language: English

Abstract:
This talk will focus on people seeking asylum / refugees in present-day Hong Kong. We will discuss the forces that drive people to seek asylum in Hong Kong and the circumstances in which they live here.

China has not extended the 1951 Refugee Convention to Hong Kong, which means that the government is not bound by this international treaty to recognize and protect the rights of refugees. However, Hong Kong is a party to the United Nations Convention against Torture and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Thus, the Hong Kong government is obligated under these treaties to protect people in Hong Kong – regardless of their formal residence status – from torture, refoulement, persecution, ill-treatment or arbitrary deprivation of life. These obligations have prompted the establishment of an official system to evaluate whether individuals would face these risks if returned to their countries of origin.

If someone’s claim for protection from forcible return to their country is found to be valid, and they are recognised as a refugee (who the government labels as a ‘substantiated non-refoulement claimant’), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees works to re-settle them in a third country. This process can take many years. In the meantime, families seeking asylum navigate many challenges accessing education, employment, availing social services, and making ends meet financially in Hong Kong.

In our talk, we will examine the governmental and United Nations mechanisms in relation to refugees in Hong Kong. We will also discuss the socio-economic realities of being an asylum applicant in Hong Kong. We will highlight civil society advocacy in Hong Kong, including advocacy by refugees themselves, to recognise and respect the rights of refugees. Finally, we will outline areas for future reform.

Speakers:
The talk will be held by the research team of the project Immigration Detention and Vulnerable Migrants in Hong Kong: Evaluating the System, Facilitating Reform (funded by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council). Surabhi Chopra is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, CUHK specialising in human rights. Raquel Amador is a researcher, lawyer and civil society advocate specialising in migrants’ rights. Chloe Fung is a researcher with a particular interest in data analysis and visualisation to advance rights protection and transparency.

Registration: https://www.lib.cuhk.edu.hk/en/node/2517

UNODC: Internship Recruitment

An internship opportunity are opening with the Secretariat of the International Narcotics Control Board (SINCB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA), at UNODC! The internship is unpaid, and expected to last 6 months, starting from the beginning/mid February 2021. English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, oral and written fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.
NOTE: To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
(a) be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
(b) be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent).
(OFFICIAL WRITTEN PROOF FROM THE UNIVERSITY SUPPORTING ONE OF THE ABOVE POSSIBILITIES MUST BE ATTACHED TO THE INSPIRA APPLICATION)
Don’t miss the chance, click here for more details!