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Past Digital Events

James Findley, Vice-Consul General U.S.A

The Consular Series,  III

4th September 2019

For the second time in 2019, we teamed up with Minter Ellison to host Jim Findley Vice-Consul of the United States of America in Melbourne - who flew in from the Northern Territory to join us for the third and final instalment of our Consular series. 


Following Vice Consul Findley’s spirited talk, which covered the Trade War with China and diplomacy under the Trump Administration, there was a lengthy networking segment to round out the evening. 

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Myriam Boisbouvier-Wylie, Honoury Consul-General France

The Consular Series,  II

29th August 2019

In the second instalment of the 'Consular Series', Young Diplomats Society hosted Madame Boisbouvier-Wylie in the Executive Lounge at the International Chamber House. Madame Boisbouvier-Wylie provided a keynote speech outlining her role as the Honorary Consulate General of France in Melbourne, outlining the establishment and history of the French Consulate in Melbourne.


Madame Boisbouvier-Wylie’s talk was followed by a networking session with drinks and canapés.

Chris Holtby, Consul-General UK

The Consular Series, I

22nd August 2019

The first instalment of the much hyped 'Consular Series' saw a talk at Melbourne Law School from Mr Chris Holtby - Consul General and Head of the UK Office for South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria. Mr Holtby provided frank insights and stories that extolled the challenges maintaining diplomatic relations in tense circumstances. 


On a more topical note, Chris provided a keynote talk that addressed Public Diplomacy and Truth in the era of 'Fake News'

Justice Tony Pagone QC

The role of the International Association of Judges 

22nd May 2019

In a society first, YDS was able to collaborate with a multinational Law firm, Minter Ellison to host our esteemed guest. In his address, Justice Pagone canvassed the incredibly important role that the International Association of Judges plays in the globalised world we find ourselves in. The core aim of the organisation is in working to safeguard the independence of the judiciary. He also lamented the underperformance of his beloved football team, the Melbourne Demons.

Dr Rémy Davison

Understanding Brexit

April 4th 2018

In a very topical evening, YDS collaborated with MIAS to discuss the impact of Brexit and how a 'deal' or 'no deal' Brexit would unfold.


Dr Davison provided a keen insight into the implications of Brexit on global and domestic economies.
Rémy is often briefing international diplomats on security and trade issues, and also provides highly sought after commentary in Australian and International media.

Julian McMahon AC SC

International Law and Diplomacy

15th March 2018

As a strong opponent of the death penalty and a human rights advocate, Julian McMahon AC SC has depicted an unrelenting commitment to Australian’s facing capital punishment abroad. He shared his insights on the impacts of rising populism as well as describing his experiences in working pro-bono for death-row defendants including Forbes in Sudan and members of the Bali Nine, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. 

Dr Scott Flower

Personal Safety and Security 

8th August 2017

Delivered in an intimate workshop format, Scott Flower shared his experiences and provided his advice on the types of personal safety and security issues you can be exposed to, and the measures you can take to maximise your chance of remaining safe in a hostile situation or environment. The workshop covered topics such as learn about field deployment, personal security, developing and sustaining field relations, dealing with corruption, cyber security and personal communications and mechanisms for coping with stress.

Julian Burnside AO QC

Australian Refugee Policy

8th August 2017

Julian Burnside AO QC has been one of the leading voices for human rights and Australia's treatment of refugees. He practises primarily in commercial litigation and trade practices, but has become widely known for his firm opposition to the mandatory detention of asylum seekers. In 2009, he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for his service as a human rights advocate, particularly for refugees and asylum seekers, to the arts as a patron and fundraiser, and to the law. 

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26th April 2017

YDS's first event of the year in partnership with the US Consulate featured US Vice Consul Migael Penix. Migael gave students an insight into his career as a diplomat, detailing his experiences working in Kingston, Jamaica, Mexico City and Melbourne.


Tim Costello AO

NGOs in International Relations

11th October 2016

Visiting our members in October, Tim Costello delivered a passionate speech detailing his life career, culminating with his recent work for international organisation World Vision. Mr. Costello gave valuable advice for pursuing an internationally focused career, and participated in a Q&A session to end the evening.

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Gareth Evans AC QC

Launching the Young Diplomats Society

14th April 2016

Young Diplomats Society was privileged to be officially launched by The Hon. Gareth Evans who shared his preeminent experience on the international stage with our members. Professor Evans was Australia's foreign minister from 1988-96, and from 2000-2009 was President of the International Crisis Group.

An edited version of Gareth's speech was published in The Conversation. 

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