Daily Archives: Thursday, August 22, 2013

ToC: International Journal of Refugee Law

Oxford Journals have just released the latest Table of Contents (ToC) for the International Journal of Refugee Law.  Details of the articles included in Vol. 25, No. 2, (June 2013), are detailed as follows:


Interesting Times: 2002–13
Geoff Gilbert
Int J Refugee Law 2013 25: 195-206
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The Next Frontier: Expanding Protection in Europe for Victims of Armed Conflict and Indiscriminate Violence
Helene Lambert
Int J Refugee Law 2013 25: 207-234
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Protecting Recognized Geneva Convention Refugees outside their States of Asylum
Reuven (Ruvi) Ziegler
Int J Refugee Law 2013 25: 235-264
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Reflections on Refoulement and Collective Expulsion in the Hirsi Case
Maarten Den Heijer
Int J Refugee Law 2013 25: 265-290
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Do the Facts Speak for Themselves? Country of Origin Information in French and British Refugee Status Determination Procedures
Robert Gibb and Anthony Good
Int J Refugee Law 2013 25: 291-322
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Roundtable Discussion Papers

Roundtable Discussion with the IARLJ, the ECtHR and the CJEU on Leading Asylum Cases
Int J Refugee Law 2013 25: 323
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Welcome Address
Judge Spielmann
Int J Refugee Law 2013 25: 324-327
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Briefing Note for Participants
Hugo Storey
Int J Refugee Law 2013 25: 328-348
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Luxembourg, Strasbourg and the National Court: the Emergence of a Country Guidance System for Refugee and Human Rights Protection
Sir Nicholas Blake
Int J Refugee Law 2013 25: 349-372
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Germany: The Handling of Leading Asylum Cases by National Courts
Justice Harald Dörig
Int J Refugee Law 2013 25: 373-376
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Comments on the Court of Justice of the EU’s Developing Case Law on Asylum
Boštjan Zalar
Int J Refugee Law 2013 25: 377-381

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Roundtable Discussion with the IARLJ, the CJEU and the ECtHR on Leading Asylum Cases
Judge Ledi Bianku
Int J Refugee Law 2013 25: 382-393
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Summary of Introductory Remarks
Volker Türk
Int J Refugee Law 2013 25: 394-398
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Introduction to the Concluding Session of the Roundtable
Jean-Marc Sauvé
Int J Refugee Law 2013 25: 399-406
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Frontex: Human Rights Responsibilities
Int J Refugee Law 2013 25: 407-434
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Cover / Standing Material

Int J Refugee Law 2013 25: NP
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Event: IOM Report Launch: Migrant Well-being and Development


The International Organization for Migration and Middlesex University will be hosting a joint event based on the IOM World Migration Report 2013.  The theme of the event will be:

“Migrant Well-being and Development”

19 September 2013 from 11:00-15:30, Middlesex University

The individual well-being of migrants is the central theme of IOM’s World Migration Report 2013.  Many reports linking migration and development concentrate on the broad socio-economic consequences of migratory processes, and the impact of migration on the lives of individuals can easily be overlooked.  In contrast, the WMR 2013 focuses on migrants as persons, exploring how migration affects quality of life and human development across a broad range of dimensions.

The report draws upon the findings of a unique source of data – the Gallup World Poll – which is conducted in more than 150 countries, allowing for an assessment of the well-being of migrants worldwide for the first time, and examines outcomes on six core dimensions of well-being: Financial, career, Social, Community, Physical and Subjective.  The WMR 2013 makes recommendations for future initiatives to monitor in the global post-2015 development framework.

This joint event will bring IOM and Gallup to present the report and a panel of experts to comment and discuss the issues raised, to discuss the issues of well-being, happiness and migration followed by and open question and answer session.  A migrant voice will also be invited to present the position of the migrant in this context.

Invited speakers: 

Gervais Appave, Special Adviser to the Director General, IOM

Dr. Anita Pugliese, Research and Quality director, Gallup

Dr. David Bartram, Senior Lecturer, University of Leicester

Don Flynn, Director of the Migrant’s Rights Network

Professor Eleonore Kofman, Professor of Gender, Migration and Citizenship, Middlesex University

Professor Brad Blitz, Professor of International Politics, Middlesex University

A detailed agenda will be circulated in early September. Please RSVP to Christiana Rose c.rose@mdx.ac.uk by 13 September 2013.

Course: Regional Statelessness Course: South East Asia Focus

Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog

Regional Statelessness Course:
South East Asia Focus
4 – 8 November 2013, Bangkok

Statelessness is a global phenomenon that currently affects over 10 million people worldwide, including a large number in Asia. New cases continue to arise every day as states struggle with the challenge of ensuring that everyone enjoys a nationality. For those who find themselves stateless, the lack of a nationality commonly obstructs access to a wide range of other rights, to detrimental effect. Moreover, the harsh impact that statelessness has on the lives of individuals and the fabric of communities may contribute to social tension, forced displacement and even conflict. Over the last several years, an increasing number of actors willing and able to address statelessness have emerged. However, much work remains to be done in terms of developing a full understanding of the phenomenon and building the required capacity to address it.

The Statelessness Programme at Tilburg Law School has designed a specialised week-long intensive training course to help fill this gap, in close collaboration with the Open Society Justice Initiative and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Participants from civil society, academia, governments and international organisations come together to learn about statelessness, explore fundamental questions of definition and legal frameworks, and to develop plans for action. Following the successful implementation of this course as a global-oriented “Summer Course” hosted by Tilburg Law School in 2012 and 2013, a regionalised version is now being offered for the first time, with a focus on South East Asia. This course will provide the same insight into fundamental issues surrounding statelessness – its causes, consequences and the tools that can be used to address it – but will also shed light on the problem of statelessness in South East Asia through tailored assignments and case studies. To this end, the course is also convened in cooperation with the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) and will draw further on regional expertise by inviting guest lecturers from the region to facilitate a number of sessions.

For detailed information please see the following link: http://www.tilburguniversity.edu/research/institutes-and-research-groups/statelessness/summercourse/.  The deadline for applications is 15th September 2013.

Dates: 4 – 8 November 2013

Location: VIE Hotel, Bangkok

Participants: Maximum 30 – From academia, legal practice, UN agencies, NGOs, research institutes, government

Lecturers: Experts with many years’ experience working on statelessness within UN, civil society and academic settings

Language: English

Tuition fee: € 950

Accommodation: Hotel package at course venue for 2900 Thai Baht per night

Scholarships: Limited number of half scholarships (tuition only) and full scholarships (tuition, travel and accommodation) available Application deadline: 15 September 2013 More information: Visit our website: www.tilburguniversity.edu/statelessness or contact us via Statelessness.Programme@uvt.nl


Course: Advanced Course on Crisis, Recovery and Transitions, Tsinghua University

Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog

Advanced Course on Crisis, Recovery and Transitions Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
13 – 19 October 2013

A unique opportunity for experienced international professionals

Senior international humanitarian and development practitioners and policymakers are invited to participate in an exciting Advanced Course on Crisis, Recovery and Transitions. During the one-week programme, participants will hear from leading international experts, share experiences with fellow professionals, and articulate ideas for improving international engagement in contexts affected by crisis, recovery and transitions. The Advanced Course brings together leading figures in emergency response, disaster management and post-conflict transitions to explore and critique current policies and practices and to learn from innovations which are emerging in Asia and the Pacific. Beijing provides a unique and enriching atmosphere for examining these issues and the broader region.

View the programme here: http://www.odi.org.uk/sites/odi.org.uk/files/odi-assets/events-documents/5021.pdf

The course is organised by the Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG) at the Overseas Development Institute and the School of Public Policy and Management at Tsinghua University. The Australia and New Zealand School of Government and the Post-war Reconstruction & Development Unit at the University of York, UK, are supporting partners.


Institutional participant: £2,500 – a person employed and sponsored by a governmental, international or non-governmental organisation.

Individual participant: £2,000 – a person self-employed, retired or unemployed, or paying his/her fees separate from an employer or sponsoring organisation.

Fees cover course tuition and materials and eight nights’ accommodation (full board).

To apply, download the application form here: http://www.odi.org.uk/programmes/humanitarian-policy-group/advancedcourse. Send completed forms to hpgadmin@odi.org.uk.

The application deadline is 8 September 2013. Successful applicants will receive assistance with the visa application process.

Copyright © HPG 2013 All rights reserved.

Call for Papers: Special Issue of the Cyprus Human Rights Law Review

Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog

Please find below a link to a call for papers for the special issue of the Cyprus Human Rights Law Review, issued jointly by Interentia and the European Human rights Law Institute (of which I am a member).

The topic of the call of papers is ‘Recourse to the European Human Rights Law framework in response to the economic crisis’. Abstract submissions should be sent to info@ehrli.org by 11 October 2013 and final papers by 30 November 2013. To view the call for papers, follow this link: http://www.intersentia.com/upload/files/call%20for%20papers%20CHRLR.pdf

Please do feel free to forward this call for papers to anyone you might think would be interested in making a submission.


Call for Papers: UndocNet Conference, 6 December 2013, London

Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog

Undocumented Migrants, Ethnic Enclaves and Networks: Opportunities, traps or class-based constructs

UndocNet, a two-year project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, will be holding its end of research project conference in London on Friday 6 December 2013. UndocNet has been exploring the labour market experiences and aspirations of 55 irregular migrants in London from three countries of origin – Bangladesh, China and Turkey (including Kurds) – and 24 minority ethnic entrepreneurs employing people from these three groups. The context of the research has been the economic downturn, increasingly restrictive immigration controls, raids on businesses suspected of employing people without correct documentation and the deportation of irregular migrants. Within this contemporary context the project has been concerned with understanding decisions to use or not to use social capital in the form of co-ethnic networks in the search for work and for workers, in or out of ethnic enclaves, from the perspectives of workers and their employers. The research has investigated the ways in which migrants and their employers use their social networks and other resources in relation to work and the ways in which working relationships operate within frameworks of ethnicity, class and gender.

The UndocNet research team welcomes contributions focusing on the following topics in the national or comparative perspective addressing irregular migration:

Policy intersections

Papers in this stream will consider government policies in relation to irregular migration, particularly in a period of economic crisis. More specifically we are seeking papers that consider the impact of existing policies and/or current government proposals, including the doubling of sanctions against employers and the legal obligations on landlords to check on their tenants. Papers can address these issues through the perspectives of irregular migrants and/or employers.

Status and status mobility

The second stream of papers will focus on the strategies available to and pursued by irregular migrants seeking to move from irregular to regular status. We are seeking papers that address issues of status and of status mobility, primarily from the perspective of irregular migrants but would also encourage papers that address how employers respond to status changes, as well as on the role of legal professionals in providing advice and support to those seeking to regularise their status. The UndocNet project has been examining status and status mobility, looking at the strategies that irregular migrants adopt to try to alter their status and the barriers they face, as well as the position of employers in terms of their practices.

Family networks and social capital

The third conference stream will investigate the networks that irregular migrants use, both on arrival and later as they negotiate their routes into employment. We are seeking papers on any aspect of social capital in the form of networks and network building, including families, friends, networks based on place of origin, faith groups, community organisations and on ethnicity. We would also be interested in papers that critically examine how networks advance or limit employment opportunities, but also how networks impact on other aspects of integration. A key focus of the UndocNet project has been to understand how and when networks are used in relation to employment and to interrogate social capital theory in relation to irregular migrants, and we seek papers to complement this work.

Irregular migrants and work

We are seeking papers on any aspect of employment and migration but in particular on the types and conditions of work that irregular migrants find and the ways in which they negotiate within the constraints of their employment situation and how they utilise agency. A key focus of the UndocNet project has been to investigate the employment trajectories of migrants with irregular status.

There will be four plenary speakers and four paper strands. We encourage both established and new researchers to submit abstracts for the paper sessions. The abstracts need to reach us by Monday 23 September 2013. Abstracts should be no more than 300 words in length and the selection will be made by the UndocNet research team, taking account of the thematic areas and the desire to support new as well as established researchers. In responding to the call please indicate your name, institution and current status as well as the stream you would like your paper to be considered for. Presenters will have up to 20 minutes to present their paper with some time for questions and discussion. Abstracts selected for the conference will be posted on the project website http://www.undocnet.org/, where information about UndocNet can also be found.

We are pleased to announce that the conference plenary sessions will be addressed by four leading academics in the field:

. Professor Bernard Ryan, School of Law, University of Leicester . Professor Bridget Anderson, Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford . Professor Louise Ryan, Social Policy Research Centre, Middlesex University . Dr Hannah Lewis, School of Geography, University of Leeds

From the UndocNet project, Alice Bloch, Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester, together with Sonia McKay, Professor of European Socio-Legal Studies and Dr Leena Kumarappan, both at the Working Lives Research Institute, London Metropolitan University, will present the key findings arising from the project.

The Call for Papers and details about how to present contributions will be available on the UndocNet website http://www.undocnet.org/.  The finalised Conference Programme will be available from October 2013.

For the information about the presentation of the papers or to register for the conference please contact Dr Leena Kumarappan: l.kumarappan@londonmet.ac.uk. There are a limited number of places and early registration is advised.


Call for papers: New visions for refugee education in the Middle East

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The Center for Lebanese Studies, an academic institution affiliated with the University of Oxford, will host, in collaboration with UNESCO, a Conference on “New Visions for Refugee Education in the Middle East” in March 2014 in Beirut.

Please find the call for papers below.

Call for papers:

The Centre for Lebanese Studies (CLS) in collaboration with UNESCO, are pleased to invite you to participate in their forthcoming conference on “New Visions for Refugee Education in the Middle East”. This event aims to bring together practitioners, researchers, funders and policymakers from national, regional and international NGOs, UN agencies, government agencies, Ministries of Education, teachers unions and academic institutions to present and discuss their research or work on the education of refugees.

The issue of education for refugees in the Middle East is of particular importance due to the turbulent political situation in the region. The escalating situation in Syria, for example, is likely to increase the intensity of the refugee crisis, which has many dimensions, including shelter, health, jobs and education. The education of refugees in emergency or protracted situations is a challenging task for many of the hosting countries which often struggle to provide the urgent and basic needs of shelter, food and health. Access to education is often the priority of most hosting countries. Yet, striking a balance between the need to integrate the refugees in the host country’s schools and universities whilst at the same time maintaining their specific culture, identity and language in the education process has often proven to be quite a difficult task and an issue that is often overlooked. Two main approaches to the education of refugees are often observed. The first is focused on their social, urban and economic integration, whilst the second considers them as temporary guests in a state of emergency who will return back shortly to their home countries. In the latter case, the education provisions often overlook the socio-economic outcomes and effects for refugees on the job market.

This conference seeks to highlight the current debates around the education of refugees and present examples of different approaches and propositions to integration and access to quality education, with a comparative perspective from some relevant cases worldwide. The aim of the conference is to exchange research findings and expertise in order to better understand the complex and multifaceted experiences of forcibly displaced persons from the perspective of the researchers, communities, government, and NGOs to develop more integrated, collaborative durable solutions as far as education is concerned.

The objectives of the conference are the following:

a) Reviewing relevant innovative policy, research, practice, funding and programmatic approaches to determine how the education of refugees can be met at scale

b) Enhancing knowledge and capacity at the regional and national levels in order to support the education of refugees

c) Strengthening coordination and dialogue between relevant actors on strategies and programs needed to ensure quality and improve service delivery of education

d) Developing targeted intervention recommendations and advocacy strategies to significantly improve the education of refugees

Proposals are welcome on a wide range of topics, including but not limited to:

. Provisions of access and quality of education for emergency and protracted refugees . Issues and approaches in refugee education . National education policy and practices for formal, vocational education . The role of NGOs and international organizations . Curriculum: potentials and challenges . Psychosocial support for refugee children and adolescents: Identification, prevention and intervention.

. Education employability and labor policies . Capacity building for principals, teachers and parents to address the needs of refugee children.

. The effect of emergency on children and students . The certification and equivalency of educational systems including higher education.

We are keen to explore these themes from different perspectives including those of theoreticians, policy makers, and practitioners in the private, public and NGO sectors. Hence, we welcome historical, theoretical, empirical and practitioners’ perspectives on any of the above themes from all around the globe. Researchers, and practitioners are invited to submit abstracts (up to 750 words) of their research in Arabic or English, as well as their CVs, by 15 October 2013 to info@lebanesestudies.com. Selection of abstracts will take place by end of October 2013. Selected contributors will be expected to submit a power point presentation of their contribution by January 15, 2014. Participants are encouraged to submit their contribution in a form of a paper which will be considered for publication. Authors will be provided with further instructions for paper submission. The deadline for submitting final papers is 15 February 2014.

There is no registration fee for the conference. Simultaneous translation will be available.

We are looking forward your contribution to this conference. Best regards, Marie-Noëlle AbiYaghi, PhD Senior Researcher Center for Lebanese Studies, University of Oxford


Call for Papers – Revealing the Invisible: Love and Loss in (im)Migration – NeMLA 2014

Call for Papers

Title: Revealing the Invisible: Love and Loss in (im)Migration

45th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 3-6, 2014
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Host: Susquehanna University

For children of (im)migrants, there are gains and losses; usually the gains are living in an economic situation that is better than the onese their parents left behind  in their homeland and provided with better education possibilities. Losses can include; not being able to speak the mother tongue and never knowing family members. The negative impact that (im)migration has on family and culture, is often ‘invisible’. With increasing globalisation and movement of peoples and intermarriage of different ethnicities, these effects are becoming increasingly visible. They are issues that children of (im)migrants now have the challenge and confidence to write about.

The aim for this panel is to look particularly at the recent immigration of the past 60 years of (im)migrant children of the parents of African, Caribbean and Asian descent to Britain, who moved to the UK under the invitation of the British to help with maintaining their health service and public transportation system; the dreams that they were (often) falsely led to believe, in contradiction with the reality that they found.

This panels seeks session proposals that explore the lives of descendants of (im)migrants to Britain of African, Caribbean and Asian parentage

The literature of Black Britain has been steadily growing, as these descendants have themselves become parents, discovering love and losses as (im)migrant children in their host countries.  With the current political the situations that they face continually challenge them to consider their lives, the past and the future for themselves, their parents and their children.

The proposals can take one of the themes suggested, a combination, or a different one entirely, yet should adequately present the situation and the argument offering a concrete image of life in Britain through the eyes of these descendants, offering a variant history, to one that is often not spoken of.

Issues of Race, Loss of Identity, Loss of culture, Language, Land, Poverty

Issues of Education, Diversity, Wealth

(this ‘loss’ and ‘love’ can also be expressed as ‘change’)

The dichotomies and amalgamations in between love and loss; living and loving across boundaries and ethnicities.

We are looking for explorations of these through the creative writings of descendants of (im)migrants in English and in mother tongue (with English translation) and or Creole

We are particularly looking for the invisible, i.e. how it is prevalent for those concerned but not always obvious in the public eye.

Deadline:  September 30, 2013

Please include with your abstract (max 300 words):

Name and Affiliation
Email address
Postal address
Telephone number

A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee with registration)

Please send your abstact to:

Kadija George (Chair of Panel)

Please noet; the 30 Sep deadline is strictly adhered to. I look forward to receiving your  submissions.

The 2014 NeMLA convention continues the Association’s tradition of sharing innovative scholarship in an engaging and generative location. This capitol city set on the Susquehanna River is known for its vibrant restaurant scene, historical sites, the National Civil War museum, and nearby Amish Country, antique shops and Hershey Park.  NeMLA has arranged low hotel rates of $104-$124.

The 2014 event will include guest speakers, literary readings, professional events, and workshops. A reading by George Saunders will open the Convention. His 2013 collection of short fiction, The Tenth of December, has been acclaimed by the New York Times as: “the best book you’ll read this year.” NeMLA’s Keynote Speaker will be David Staller, Producer and Director of Project Shaw.  Mr. Staller presents monthly script-in-hand performances of Bernard Shaw’s plays at the Players Club in New York City.

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.  http://www.nemla.org/convention/2014/cfp.html