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Call for Papers: Refuge Special Issue: Humanitarian Crises and Forced Displacement in Sudan and South Sudan

Call for Papers: Special Issue: Humanitarian Crises and Forced Displacement in Sudan and South Sudan

Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, 30.2 Guest Editors: Yukari Ando, Amani El-Jack and James C. Simeon

This special issue of Refuge will examine and analyze the dynamics of forced displacement, especially gender, and explore the viability of a number of pragmatic solutions to the present humanitarian crises in Sudan and South Sudan. The appalling present circumstances in the two Sudans are based on a long history of protracted armed conflict following the independence of the Sudan from British rule on January 1, 1956. After the 2011 referendum and the creation of the new State of South Sudan, unresolved post-independence issues have led to escalating armed clashes between Sudan and South Sudan and increasing incidences of gender-based violence, particularly in the border regions in the Southern Kordofan, Blue Nile, White Nile and Sennar states. Large numbers of women, men and children have been forcibly displaced as a result of these clashes. Reputable human rights observers have reported that severe human rights violations and breaches have taken place in these two countries.

We invite submissions to address a range of questions such as:

  • How do the complex inter-related environmental, economic, social, cultural and political factors impact on the present humanitarian crises that are producing large numbers of forcibly displaced persons? And, how does this conflict-induced displacement impact on power relations along gender, ethnic, religious, language, cultural lines, and with geographic location?
  • How does the nature of these humanitarian crises impact on the humanitarian organizations that are trying to provide protection and the necessities of life to  the women, men and children who are internally displaced or seeking asylum in bordering countries?
  • What are the best strategies for ending armed conflict in the two Sudans?

Given the environmental and gendered impacts of the protracted instability and human insecurity, what are the most promising ways forward for building sustainable peace, communities and livelihoods?

  • What are the most effective capacity building and enhancing measures that ought to be undertaken to strengthen and to develop further public sector institutions to ensure effective and efficient       service delivery for those most in need?
  • What have been the impacts of and challenges to the implementation of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework for South Sudan?

Successful submissions may come from a wide range of disciplines and conceptual and theoretical backgrounds. They may also consider and explore viable pragmatic solutions over the medium-       and long-term.

Contributions may be submitted either in English or French and will be published in the language of submission. They should generally not exceed 7500 words, or 30 double-spaced pages, and must be typed and submitted in electronic form. All submissions are subject to a double-blind peer review process by independent experts. Refuge adheres to the Chicago Manual of Style for social science papers and to the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation for papers in the legal discipline (see style guide for details). Papers must be prepared with full citation endnotes rather than with a bibliography. Papers should include an abstract of approximately 100-150 words, highlighting the central arguments and/or findings of the paper. Papers should also include 1-2 sentences indicating institutional affiliation. Comme indiqué ci-dessus, nous publions également des articles en français. Le format doit être conforme aux normes exigées pour les articles rédigés en anglais.

Submission Deadline: November 1st, 2013

All papers must be submitted online (http://pi.library.yorku.ca/ojs/index.php/refuge/about/submissions#onlineSubmissions), via the Refuge website.

For further information, please contact:

Christina Clark-Kazak, Editor-in-Chief, or Nausheen Quayyum, Managing Editor of Refuge, c/o Centre for Refugee Studies, 8th Floor, Kaneff Tower, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto (Ontario), Canada M3J 1P3

refuge@yorku.ca, http://www.yorku.ca/refuge.


Opening of registration-Advanced ELENA Course Refugee Protection and the Dublin System: Can They Ever Be Compatible?

Opening of registration-Advanced ELENA Course  Refugee Protection and the Dublin System: Can They Ever Be Compatible?

We are delighted to announce that registration is now open for the Advanced ELENA Course on Refugee Protection and the Dublin system: Can they ever be compatible? The event will take place on 6 – 8 December 2013 in Dublin, Ireland.

The course will examine the operation of the Dublin II Regulation and its recast. With a strong practical focus, there will be an analysis of the recast Dublin III Regulation, current practice and its compatibility with the EU Fundamental Rights system. In the second half of the course, experts and practitioners will discuss leading jurisprudence from national and European courts concerning the Dublin Regulation. The course will conclude with a number of case studies on various aspects of the Dublin Regulation.

The course is aimed at legal practitioners, decision makers and staff of national asylum authorities as well as researchers and those working in international and non-governmental organisations who specialise in asylum law.

Speakers and facilitators include Honourable Mr. Justice Bernard McCloskey (President, UK Upper Tribunal, Asylum and Immigration Chamber), Nuala Mole (Senior Lawyer, AIRE Centre), Francesco Maiani (Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration), Angelica Lazăr (Desk Officer for the Dublin Regulation, European Commission) and Maria Hennessy (Senior Legal Office, ECRE).

The course fee is 490€ per person for lawyers and NGO staff and 570€ for government participants. There is a discount of 40€ for ELENA coordinators. ECRE members participating in the course will benefit from a discount of 10% on the registration fee of ECRE’s Annual General Conference 2014.

The conference fee includes two nights’ accommodation (6 and 7 December), meals as per the programme, including a social evening on Saturday 7 December, the conference package and reading materials. Please note that the fee does not include travel to the event or an evening meal on Sunday 8 December.

Places are limited so please register as soon as possible to be sure of a place. The closing date for registrations is Monday 4 November.

For more information please contact Daniel Toda Castán at dtoda@ecre.org.

To register for the course, please click here.