Daily Archives: Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Events: NMC seminar “Racialisation & Ethnification” on 18 March 2015

Racialisation & Ethnification
Politics and Problems in Cultural Representations

Seminar on 18 March, 2015, 13:15 – 18:00

Organised by Network for Migration and Culture


This seminar examines representations of ‘race’ and issues of racialisation and racism related to societies undergoing profound changes due to recent and ongoing immigration and witnessing eruptions of anti-immigrant and racist practices and politics. It focuses on the politics and problems of representing ‘race’ – long since recognised to be not a biological ’fact’ but a discursive and imaginary construct which, nevertheless, has severe, often violent and exclusionary, effects and consequences in lived reality due to the racialisation it produces.

One of the major challenges for contemporary scholars is to develop a pluralistic critique of the complex relations between power and diversity, not least in the increasingly heterogeneous European societies. A critique that recognises, for instance, that racialising discourses and modes of representation may comprise a whole range of ways of framing and marking the culturally or visibly different Other.

The focus of this seminar is distinctly on how racialisation is constructed, contested or negotiated in visual media, visual arts, literature and cultural activist accounts. How can and do these forms of expression, along with inventive forms of academic practice, help us develop new critical approaches to racialisation? Is ‘colour blindness’ an answer? Is the deconstruction of stereotypes?

Speakers: Mathias Danbolt, Kjetil Rødje, Asta Smedegaard Nielsen, Mads Anders Baggesgaard and Erik Steinskog.

For the full programme and description of the seminar, please see the attachment.

The seminar is in English. All are welcome!

Venue: University of Copenhagen, Njalsgade 136, Building 27, Room 27.0.9.

Registration: Participation in the seminar is free, but registration is needed. Send an email before 9 March 2015 to the organiser Anne Ring Petersen, annering@hum.ku.dk


Call for Papers: ‘Prosecuting Human Trafficking’, Anti-Trafficking Review

Call for Papers:

‘Prosecuting Human Trafficking’
Anti-Trafficking Review
Guest editor: Anne T Gallagher 
Deadline for Submission: 15 July 2015

The Anti-Trafficking Review calls for papers for a themed issue entitled ‘Prosecuting Human Trafficking.’

International law requires States to prosecute trafficking in persons effectively and fairly. Along with prevention and protection, prosecution widely is seen as one of the main pillars of an effective national response to trafficking. For example, in the annual Trafficking in Persons report, the US Government considers: ‘whether the government vigorously investigates, prosecutes, and punishes trafficking’ to be a key indicator in assessing and ranking countries.

But worldwide, the number of prosecutions for trafficking remains stubbornly low – especially when compared to the generally accepted size of the problem. Very few traffickers are ever brought to justice and the criminal justice system rarely operates to benefit those who have been trafficked.

Government officials, criminal justice practitioners and others working in the anti-trafficking field assert that ending the current high levels of impunity enjoyed by traffickers, and securing justice for those who have been trafficked, requires vigorous prosecution of trafficking crimes. However some have pointed out that pressures to prosecute, particularly when placed on underdeveloped criminal justice systems, have led to poor quality prosecutions that target lower level offenders; unfair and unsafe prosecutions that do not respect basic criminal justice standards; and disproportionate and politically motivated targeting of certain sectors including the sex industry.

The emphasis on prosecutions has also been identified as contributing to violations of the rights of persons who have been trafficked – for example through laws and policies that compel cooperation with criminal justice agencies or make assistance conditional on such cooperation. More generally, concerns have been expressed that the focus on prosecutions has been at the expense of attention to victims’ rights including their right to protection, support and remedies.

This issue will seek to address the hard questions, and authors may be interested in addressing the following:

• Are prosecutions really an appropriate measure of an effective anti-trafficking response? What other indicators might be more appropriate?
• Why are there so few prosecutions, and even fewer convictions, for trafficking? What are the features of this crime that complicate prosecutions? Can anything be done about this?
• How does the prioritisation of prosecutions (for example, over protection and prevention) frame our understanding of what trafficking actually is; why it happens; and what the solutions could or should be?   What is the effect of this framing?
• What are the consequences of anti-trafficking’s emphasis on prosecutions in contexts of increased border security, criminalisation of migration, and imprisonment more generally?
• How can we ensure trafficked persons are not prosecuted for status offenses?
• What does (or should) a ‘good’ prosecution for trafficking actually look like?
• What kinds of cases are actually being prosecuted as ‘trafficking’? What does this tell us about how the concept of trafficking is being understood and applied?
• Can prosecutions ever deliver a genuinely positive result for trafficked persons? What needs to change for this to happen?
• What do trafficked persons think (including in relation to their experiences in and outside the criminal justice system) about what works and what does not?

The Debate Section of this issue will invite authors to defend or reject the following proposition: ‘Prosecuting trafficking deflects attention from much more important responses and is anyway a waste of time and money’.

The Review promotes a human rights based approach to anti-trafficking, exploring anti-trafficking in a broader context including gender analyses and intersections with labour and migrant rights. Academics, practitioners, trafficked persons and advocates are invited to submit articles. Contributions from those living and working in developing countries are particularly welcome. The journal is a freely available, open access publication with a readership in over 100 countries. The Anti-Trafficking Review is abstracted/indexed/ tracked in: ProQuest, Ebsco Host, Ulrich’s, Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association, Directory of Open Access Journals, WorldCat, Google Scholar and CrossRef.

Deadline for submission: 15 July 2015.

Word count for Full Article submissions: 4,000-6,000 words, including footnotes, author bio and abstract.

Word count for Debate submissions: 800-1000 words, including footnotes and author bio.

Special Issue to be published in Spring 2016.

We advise those interested in submitting to follow the Review’s style guide and submission procedures (http://www.antitraffickingreview.org/index.php/atrjournal/about/submissions#authorGuidelines). Manuscripts should be submitted in line with the issue’s theme. Email the editorial team at atr@gaatw.org with any queries.

Thematic Issue Guest Editor: Anne T Gallagher
Editor: Rebecca Napier-Moore



Greek government reveals plans for undocumented immigrants


Earlier today some government decisions concerning undocumented immigrants were released. All immigrants being kept in detention centers for more than 6 months will gradually be released. Then, they will be given a paper postponing deportation for a 6-months period. In this period they should leave Greece by themselves. Undocumented immigrants crossing greek borders will no more be arrested, but (as in the past) they will be given a paper saying that they have one month to leave Greece. If they get arrested after this one-month period, they will also be given a paper postponing deportation for 6 more months. Then they will enter an uncertain status, as the immigrants’ situation in Greece had (has) been for many years. Most of the detention centers will not close – perhaps not even Amygdaleza.
So we almost return to the situation as it was 3 years ago. Not exactly. Back then maximum detention…

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Events: ‘The Protection of Conscientious Objectors and UNHCR’s Role as a Norm Entrepreneur’

‘The Protection of Conscientious Objectors and UNHCR’s Role as a Norm Entrepreneur’ – Professor Cecilia Bailliet (Oslo)

Tuesday 10th March, 1800-1930 | Council Chamber, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London, WC1B 5DR

The seminar will examine the phenomenon of soldiers seeking asylum based on their alleged conscientious objection to violation of international law in armed conflicts around the world. Professor Bailliet will explain the contemporary effort by NGOs to promote the crystallization of a new human right to conscientious objection at national and international levels. Meanwhile, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has issued new soft law guidelines on claims related to military service that have been subject to critique and merits closer analysis. Professor Bailliet with highlight some of the strengths and weaknesses of the aforementioned guidelines as well as comment on the complexity of the UNHCR’s role as a norm entrepreneur.


Cecilia M. Bailliet is Professor and Director of the Masters Program in Public International Law at the University of Oslo. She researches transnational and cross-disciplinary issues within international law linked to the vulnerability of humanity. Her work has been described as pursuing unconventional approaches to conventions. She has published widely within the cross-fields of international public law, refugee law, and human rights. Among her publications are Promoting Peace through International Law (forthcoming Oxford 2015), Non-State Actors, Soft Law and Protective Regimes (Cambridge 2012), Cosmopolitan Justice and Its Discontents (co-edited with Katja Franko Aas Routledge 2011), and Security: A Multidisciplinary Normative Approach (Brill 2009).

The event is free and open to the public. You can guarantee your place by registering through: http://www.sas.ac.uk/rli.