Daily Archives: Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Resources: Urban Refugees Debate Forum

The Urban Refugees Debate Forum is a new independent Forum receiving contributions from a variety of actors interested in urban displacement (www.urban-refugees.org/debate). The idea underpinning this Forum is to establish a long lasting platform of discussions where consensual ideas will be challenged, misconceptions dislodged and the overall debate on urban displacement moved forward. You can leave comments on the Forum anytime or send your contributions to debate@urban-refugees.org

The first contribution received on the Forum, “UNHCR reviews its urban policy: an air of complacency?”, examines the shortcomings of the recently released UNHCR’s review of its urban policy. It shows how the self reporting methodology used to evaluate the degree of implementation of the policy presents serious limitations, and highlights a number of critical omissions. The paper argues for a more concerted international effort to better understand the growing extent of the presence of refugees and asylum seekers in urban areas and improve efforts to protect them and facilitate their livelihoods. It is available for reading and comments here http://urban-refugees.org/debate/unhcr-reviews-urban-policy-air-complacency/

This contribution was written by Tim Morris, Consultant and Former editor of the Forced Migration Review, who wrote the background paper for the December 2009 High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges for Persons of Concern to UNHCR in Urban Settings and drafted the chapter on urban refugees for the 2013 edition of the State of the World’s Refugees; and Sonia Ben Ali, founder and chair of the Urban Refugees Project (www.urban-refugees.org).


Events: Workshop “The Role of International Organisations and Human Rights Monitoring Bodies in Refugee Protection”


Workshop “The Role of International Organisations and Human Rights Monitoring Bodies in Refugee Protection”

Newcastle Law School, with the generous support of the Newcastle Institute for Social Renewal, is holding a Workshop in Brussels on 24th June on “The Role of International Organisations and Human Rights Monitoring Bodies in Refugee Protection”. The Workshop gathers a selected number of experts (by invitation only) to discuss the enforcement of refugee protection by international organisations and International Human Rights Monitoring  Bodies. Participants include representatives from International Human Rights Monitoring Bodies, the European Commission, the European Parliament, the United Nations, Governments, practitioners with experience in litigation before the Court of Justice of the EU and the European Court of Human Rights, NGOs and academics covering the broad range of international human rights mechanisms, including regional arrangements, such as the UN Human Rights System, the Inter-American System of Human Rights and the ECHR. The Workshop is a reflection of Newcastle University’s efforts to build on its existing engagement agenda by strengthening the partnership between Academia and beneficiaries of academic research.

For further information, please contact Dr María-Teresa Gil-Bazo at: maria-teresa.gil-bazo@ncl.ac.uk


Courses: The Human Rights, Migration and Globalization Summer School 2013

The deadline for registering to participate in the inaugural Summer School on Human Rights, Migration and Globalization at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway has been extended to 30 June 2013. This year’s subtopic is Defining and Promoting Human Rights of Migrants in an Era of Globalization. Please find attached a copy of the provisional programme together with a promotional flyer. Additional information is provided below.

We would be grateful if you could forward this to your contacts who may be interested.

The Human Rights, Migration and Globalization Summer School 2013
8 to 12 July 2013, NUI Galway, Ireland

The Summer School will familiarise participants with the sources of migrants’ rights and the available protection mechanisms. It will provide participants with an understanding of the major tensions underlying the issue of the protection of migrants’ rights and of how globalization shapes these tensions. During the five days of intensive sessions provided by leading experts in the area, participants will be provided with a detailed working knowledge of the issues through presentations, readings and group discussions, which will include components on research and advocacy skills.

The programme will include a variety of social activities that will allow participants to network with each other and the panel of specialists in a relaxed and friendly environment. The Summer School is open to anyone interested in the contemporary challenges of migration and human rights protection, including practitioners, journalists, NGO representatives, government officials and students. Participants are invited, but not obliged, to submit an abstract proposing their research ideas for discussion. The deadline for submitting abstracts is 20 June 2013.

Confirmed speakers for this inaugural year’s summer school include:

  • Professor Francois Crépeau, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants
  • Professor Tomoya Obokata, Professor of International Law and Human Rights, Keele University, School of Law
  • Professor Michael O’Flaherty, Co-director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights and Chief Commissioner at the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission
  • Ms. Mariette Grange, Senior Researcher at the Global Detention Project of the Program for the Study of Global Migration at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
  • Ms. Siobhán O’Donoghue, Director of the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland
  • Ms. Maria Stavropoulou, Director of the Greek Asylum Service
  • Dr. Ekaterina Yahyaoui, Lecturer and LLM Director, The Irish Centre for Human Rights
  • Dr. Noelle Higgins, Lecturer in Human Rights, The Irish Centre for Human Rights

The closing date for registrations is 30 June 2013. For more information, including details on how to register and how to submit an abstract, please visit our website at: http://www.conference.ie/Conferences/index.asp?Conference=222, or email: hrandmigrationsummerschool@gmail.com.

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