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).

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