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We write to bring you news of the forthcoming conference on ‘Refuge from
Inhumanity: Enriching refugee protection standards through recourse to
international humanitarian law’.
Jointly organised by the Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford University, and the
Refugee Law Initiative, University of London, the conference will take place at
All Souls College, Oxford, in mid-February 2013. The objective is to bring
together leading experts in the fields of international humanitarian law (IHL)
and refugee law to reflect on the interaction between these two branches of
law. Scheduled presenters include: Vincent Chetail – Geneva; Geoff Gilbert -
Essex; Guy Goodwin-Gill – Oxford; Francoise Hampson – Essex; Kate Jastram -
Berkeley; Helene Lambert – Westminster; Jennifer Moore – New Mexico; Hugo
Storey – UK Upper Tribunal; and Michel Veuthey – San Remo, in addition to legal
specialists from ICRC and UNHCR.
The broad topics to be addressed by the conference are detailed in the attached
draft program. Towards this end, we are keen to receive additional
contributions, particularly on the following topics: the meaning of
‘persecution’; expanded refugee definitions; inclusion of combatants and child
soldiers; obligations of neutral States; and the non-refoulement potential of
The exact dates of the 1 ~ day conference will be announced shortly. In terms
of further timescale, presenters will be asked to submit a draft paper of 5
000-8 000 words by 31 December 2012 to enable paper-sharing in advance among
the participants. After the event, revised papers will be submitted to Martinus
Nijhoff for publication in an edited collection.
On the logistics, presenters will be offered local accommodation, as well as a
contribution towards return economy travel expenses of up to ~50 (UK), ~150
(Europe), ~500 (World). Nonetheless, if any presenters are able to secure
additional funding for their attendance from other sources, that would be
If you wish to present a paper, please submit an abstract of up to 300 words
for consideration to firstname.lastname@example.org and
email@example.com by Monday 30 July, 2012.
Alternatively, if you are interested in attending as a non-speaking
participant, please email the convenors so that we can register your interest
and keep you informed.
Download the full information pack (PDF 730KB)
We look forward to hearing from you.
Departmental Lecturer in International Human Rights and Refugee Law, Refugee
Studies Centre, University of Oxford
David James Cantor
Director of the Refugee Law Initiative and Lecturer in International Human
Rights Law, School of Advanced Study, University of London