Daily Archives: Thursday, November 15, 2012

An interesting post by Sarah Littisha Jansen and published on the website of the International Studies Society – Belgrade. This organization started on the initiative of several students of the University of Belgrade, at the onset of year 2012. The Society is committed to the encouragement of debate on topics related to social sciences, seen through the prism of international relations. In the beginning, the Society will be active via its internet portal located at dmsbeograd.org. Apart from topics concerned with International Relations, the Society is committed to a wide spectrum of topics such as: Security Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, as well as Economy, Law and Institutions, Society, Environment, Development and Human Rights.

Event: 2013 Nordic Asylum Seminar

*** Apologies for Cross Posting ***

Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.

The University of Bergen, Faculty of Law, has the pleasure of inviting you to the 2013 Nordic Asylum Seminar, 6-7 June 2013, in Bergen (Norway).

The 2013 Nordic Asylum Seminar will include speakers and participants from all the Nordic countries and other countries as well; representatives of the migration administrations, researchers, NGOs, politicians and other stakeholders. The seminar is co-sponsored by the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) and the Ministry of Justice and Public Security.

The Seminar consists of plenary sessions as well as workshops, where researchers have an opportunity to present their work. We especially encourage early career researchers to submit new material for discussion during the workshops. We kindly invite you to submit abstracts of not more than 300 words on the following themes:

– The EU and Nordic asylum law and policy

– Exclusion from refugee status/complementary protection

– Asylum applicants with special needs

– Generalized violence and the need for international protection

– Protection of environmental refugees

– Possibly other themes if suggested by participants and accepted by the organisers

Abstracts should be sent to Jessica Schultz at jessica.schultz@jur.uib.no by Monday, **January 28, 2013.**

Other relevant dates for the seminar include:

– 13 February 2013: Decisions regarding acceptance and allocation of workshop papers will be communicated

– 15 April 2013: Registration deadline for seminar participation

– 20 May 2013: Submission of workshop papers

The preliminary programme may be found at http://www.uib.no/jur/seminar/2012/11/nordic-asylum-seminar-2013 .


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A short piece I wrote for Media4Us will appear in an insert (Perspectives) to be distributed in about 800,000 copies with Metro (London) on 20th November. The piece offers a summary of the key findings of the report on undocumented migrant children and families in the UK I wrote with Vanessa Hughes. You can read a slightly longer version of the piece here: http://thenewlondoners.co.uk/media4us/what-future-for-the-children-of-irregular-migrants/

On 14th December, I will be giving a talk based on the study in COMPAS Breakfast Briefing Series. Venue: Institute for Strategic Dialogue, 48 Charles Street, London W1J 5EN. Time: 8.30-9:45.

The full report of the COMPAS study is titled: ‘No way out, no way in: Irregular migrant children and families in the UK’.

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New Publications on Colombia; Seeds of Hope; Sri Lanka; Minorities; Europe; and The Americas

Rights Out of Reach

Rights Out of Reach

Rights Out of Reach: Obstacles to Health, Justice, and Protection for Displaced Victims of Gender-Based Violence in Colombia.
A new report by Human Rights Watch.
[Download the full report (PDF, 595.16 KB)]
(Source: Human Rights Watch Press Release – Colombia: Obstacles to Care for Abused, Displaced Women).

The Report of the Secretary-General’s Internal Review Panel on United Nations Action in Sri Lanka.
Commissioned by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and published on November 14, 2012.
[Downlaod Full Report]
(Source: Human Rights Watch – UN: Act on Failings in Sri Lanka).

Seeds of Hope Exhibition.
Published by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, (UNHCR).
[Download Full Report]
(Source: UNHCR).

Corporate responsibility to respect the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples.
Minority Rights Group Briefing Paper.
By Corinne Lewis.
[Download Briefing Paper]
(Source: Minority Rights Group).

Publications on Europe and the Americas.

Details of these new publications were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.  Further details can be found on the website at:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

Publications on Europe

Common European Asylum System: An Answer to Asylum Burdens in the EU? (International Studies Society – Belgrade, Oct. 2012) [text]

Judicial Implementation of Article 3 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Europe: The Case of Migrant Children Including Unaccompanied Children (Unicef & OHCHR, June 2012) [text]

The Key Tenets and Implications of the Proposed Amendments to the Dublin Regulation and the Reception Conditions Directive, Interview with Cecilia Wikström, Member of the European Parliament and Rapporteur on the Recast of the Dublin Regulation (Eurasylum, Nov. 2012) [text]

“The Limits of EU Hospitality,” The Refuge, vol. 10, no. 3 (Oct. 2012) [text]

“From Urban to Rural: Livelihoods and Adaptation of Armenian Refugees,” Chapter in Observing Transformation: Adaptation Strategies in the South Caucasus (Henrich Boell Foundation, 2011) [text]
– Scroll to p. 14.

Publications on The Americas.

“Canada, EU Working on New Agreement on Asylum Seekers,” Embassy, 7 Nov. 2012 [text]

Forced Displacement and Labor Market Access for Women in Colombia, 2001-2011 (Lund University, June 2012) [text]

“Refugee Women as Cultural Others: Constructing Social Group and Nexus for FGM, Sex Trafficking, and Domestic Violence Asylum Claims in the United States,” Seattle Journal for Social Justice, vol. 10, no. 2 (2012) [open access text]

Situation of Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Ecuador (Human Rights Brief Blog, Nov. 2012) [text]
– Special coverage of testimony heard by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights during its 146th Session.

Situation of Victims of Forced Displacement in Colombia (Human Rights Brief Blog, Nov. 2012) [text]
– Special coverage of testimony heard by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights during its 146th Session.


This interesting Call for Papers was originally posted by Dr. Nando Sigona on his `Postcards From…‘ blog.

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CALL FOR PAPERS. Deadline for abstracts: 17 December 2012

The analysis of the relationship between legal status, rights and belonging is the central theme of two international symposia jointly organised by the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago and the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society, the Refugee Studies Centre and the Oxford Institute of Social Policy at the University of Oxford.

For the symposium in Oxford (11-12 April 2013), proposals are invited for papers which investigate aspects related to proliferation and precarisation of legal statuses in contemporary Europe and beyond. We welcome proposals that explore the position of the non-citizen in contemporary immigration and emigration states; the nexus between migration, immigration enforcement, rights and belonging; the ways coexisting traditions and regimes of rights are negotiated in policy and practice; and the intersection of ‘race’ and other social cleavages and legal status. In particular, we…

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Human rights investigations

by Daniel Kovalik (reproduced by kind permission of the author)

When I studied law at Columbia in the early 1990s, I had the fortune of studying under Louis Henkin, probably the world’s most famous human rights theoretician. Upon his passing in 2010, Elisa Massimino at Human Rights First stated in Professor Henkin’s New York Times obituary that he “literally and figuratively wrote the book on human rights” and that “[i]t is no exaggeration to say that no American was more instrumental in the development of human rights law than Lou.”

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