Daily Archives: Thursday, April 18, 2013

Dr Richard Stone on the launch of his book Hidden Stories of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry

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The launch was held at the House of Commons in Committee Room 14, the Gladstone Room. The event was sponsored by Sadiq Khan (Labour), Sir Peter Bottomley (Conservative) and Tom Brake Liberal-Democrat), thus demonstrating cross-party support for the ant-racist agenda set by the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry.


The text was edited by the playwright Stephen Sharkey. The reading was directed Melissa Dunne and was performed by three professional actors: Tom Golding, Kelechi Okafor and Robert Macpherson (pictured).

There was prolonged applause.  I did a brief question and answer session and several people spoke.

Leroy Logan, retiring Chief Superintendent, spoke of his experience of years as a black Metropolitan Police officer

Doreen Lawrence then spoke movingly about her feelings 20 years on from the brutal racist murder of the eldest of her three children.

She also told us of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust for young people in its fine building in Bermondsey. It was a pleasure to see…

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‘Please don’t forget us’: Syrian refugees in Jordan

Event and Call for Papers: UK EMN Conference on Human Trafficking


‘Identification of trafficking victims and subsequent investigative measures’

You are warmly invited to attend a UK European Migration Network (EMN) Conference on Thursday, 6th June 2013, 10:00 to 17:00 British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB.

This conference aims to explore the latest evidence and policy perspectives on the identification and investigation of human trafficking. This one day event will bring together key policy makers, academic researchers and non governmental organisations from the fields of asylum and migration to share and exchange their knowledge and experiences.

The UK EMN NCP is currently finalising the programme and are looking to receive proposals for presentations under the following headings:

• research evidence on profiles of trafficking victims and traffickers • identification and scale of victims of trafficking • good practice in investigating trafficking offences • transnational challenges and approaches to investigating trafficking offences • improving conviction rates of traffickers • current evidence base on the links between trafficking and other organised crimes

To register your interest in attending:

If you would like to attend the conference, please visit: http://www.emnukncp.org/Events.html and complete the online form.

To submit a presentation proposal:

All those wishing to submit a proposal to present should email an abstract to emn@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk no later than 30th April, 2013. The abstract should be no longer than 200 words, identify which of the topics above the presentation falls under and high-light the presenter’s areas of expertise in human trafficking.

This is a UK European Migration Network event and is co-hosted by Home Office Science. As such, there is no charge for this event.

For more information please contact Magnus Gittins via email: magnus.gittins@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk or telephone: 0207 035 5119.


Courses: International Summer School in Forced Migration, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford

University of Oxford, Refugee Studies Centre:

International Summer School in Forced Migration 01 – 19 July 2013

Deadline for applications is 1 May 2013

For further details and how to apply go to:


email: Heidi El-Megrisi at summer.school@qeh.ox.ac.uk

The Refugee Studies Centre’s International Summer School fosters dialogue between academics, practitioners and policymakers working to improve the situation of refugees and other forced migrants. It provides the time and space for them to reflect on their experiences and to think critically about some of the aims and assumptions underlying their work.

It aims to enable people working with refugees and other forced migrants to reflect critically on the forces and institutions that dominate the world of the displaced.

Modules include: Human Trafficking, Psychosocial wellbeing, Palestinian refugees and international law, Asylum policy and international law, Conceptualising forced migration, Internally displaced persons and The globalisation of forced migration

2013 Guest lecturers include:

Professor Susan Akram Clinical Professor, Boston University School of Law

Dr Bridget Anderson Professor of Migration and Citizenship and Deputy Director of COMPAS

Chaloka Beyani: UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons and Professor of International Law at the London School of Economics

Professor Guy S. Goodwin Gill Senior Research Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford and Professor of International Refugee Law in the University of Oxford

Dr Jason Hart, Senior Lecturer University of Bath

Walter Kälin: Former Representative of the Secretary General on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons Professor of International Law,Institute of Public Law, Faculty of Law, University of Bern

Dr Khalid Koser Academic Dean and Head of the New Issues in Security Programme at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy

The fee for 2013 is £3,220. This covers 19 nights’ bed-and-breakfast accommodation and all weekday lunches; all tuition; all course materials, including reading materials; and a range of social activities.

Apologies for any cross-posting.


Courses: International Migration Studies, Georgetown University

Georgetown University is pleased to announce that registration is open for the gateway course to the Certificate in International Migration Studies: Global Trends in International Migration. The course, which can be taken on its own or in conjunction with the certificate, will take place from May 7-10, 2013.

To register, please go to http://scs.georgetown.edu/programs_nc/CE0068/international-migration-studies?dId=5