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RSC Events: Global refugee policy | Refugee Studies Centre Public Seminar Series

Source: Forced Migration List – List Archives: http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/lists/forced-migration.html

Global refugee policy | Refugee Studies Centre Public Seminar Series, Trinity term 2015
Beginning Wednesday, 29 April

All seminars take place at 5pm in Seminar Room 1, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford Department of International Development. No registration is required* and all are welcome to attend.

Global refugee policy is a formal statement of, and proposed course of action in response to, a ‘problem’ relating to protection, solutions or assistance for refugees or other persons of concern to the global refugee regime. It is discussed and approved within UNHCR’s governing structures, and is intended to either limit the behaviour of governments or guide UNHCR’s activities. Despite the time and resources invested in the making, implementation and evaluation of global refugee policy, and concerns about the elements and implications of particular policies, our understanding of the process that leads to these policies at the global level, and factors affecting their implementation at the local level, is surprisingly limited.

Building on discussions at the RSC’s 30th Anniversary Conference and the December 2014 Special Issue of Journal of Refugee Studies on the topic, this seminar series will examine particular aspects of the global refugee policy process to further our understanding of how global refugee policy is made, implemented and evaluated, and the extent to which a more critical understanding of this process contributes to our ability to influence outcomes.

We also have the Annual Elizabeth Colson Lecture this term, further details on which will be announced shortly.

If you’d like to receive updates about our public seminars and lectures, please visit our Connect With Us page and subscribe to our email alerts: www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/RSC-Connect

29 April 2015
Understanding global refugee policy: the case of naturalisation in Tanzania
Dr James Milner (Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Carleton University)

6 May 2015
Better late than never? The evolution and implementation of UNHCR’s urban refugee policy
Dr Jeff Crisp (independent consultant) and MaryBeth Morand (Senior Policy and Evaluation Officer, UNHCR)

13 May 2015
Ethnographic understandings of global refugee policy: Looking at policy in practice
Dr Marion Fresia (Professeure assistante, Institut d’ethnologie, Université de Neuchâtel)

20 May 2015
UNHCR’s protection guidelines: What role for external voices?
Professor Guy Goodwin-Gill (Emeritus Fellow, All Souls College)

27 May 2015
Global policy for IDPs: A parallel process?
Dr Phil Orchard (Senior Lecturer, Peace and Conflict Studies and International Relations, University of Queensland)

10 June 2015
Annual Elizabeth Colson Lecture
Professor Miriam Ticktin (The New School for Social Research)

Please note: There is no seminar on 3 June.

*The 2015 Annual Elizabeth Colson Lecture will take place in Seminar Room 3 and is free to attend and open to all, but registration will be required. Information on how to register will be circulated soon.

Courses: CESI International Summer School on Refugee Law – Western Balkans in focus, Sarajevo, July 2015

Source: Forced Migration List – List Archives: http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/lists/forced-migration.html

The Centre for Refugee and IDP Studies (CESI) of the Faculty of Political Sciences in Sarajevo

Invites you to register for the International Summer School on Refugee Law – Western Balkans in focus, with Professor Emerita Barbara Harrell-Bond

Date: 6-16th of July, 2015

University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

In the last decade countries of Western Balkans, including Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and Serbia have been transformed from refugee producing countries to host countries for asylum-seekers and refugees. Moreover, due to ongoing wars and prolonged hostilities in Syria and other parts of the world, it is expected that the number of persons seeking an international protection in the region will grow, thus making further development of the three countries asylum systems an important task.

This year’s International Summer School on refugee law and refugee rights will offer a specific focus on the refugee law and asylum rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia. We aim to gather students from different countries with social sciences background, NGO workers and activists to discuss the current challenges of access to international refugee protection in the countries of the Western Balkans, and the responsibilities of both citizens and the state towards them.

The Summer School will employ an interactive learning environment using documentary films and open discussions enabling participants to both contribute to and gain an in-depth knowledge of asylum adjudication procedures, reception and integration policies.

Our training program will cover the following modules:
•       Assessment of 1951 Refugee Convention and 1967 Protocol
•       The Relevance of International Human Rights Law to Flight from Persecution
•       UNHCR Guidelines on International Protection: “Membership of a particular social group” within the context of Article 1A(2).
•       Assessment of the Female Genital Cutting debate in Africa
•       Convention on the Rights of the Child: Unaccompanied Minor/Separated Children
•       UNHCR Guidance Note on Refugee Claims Relating to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
•       Statelessness
•       The ethics of Refugee Law
•       Psycho-Social Issues: Medical Evidence in Asylum and Human Rights Appeals
•       Use of Country of origin Information assessment
•       Credibility Assessment in Asylum Procedures
•       Establishment and development of Asylum systems in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia
•       Refugee Status Determination (RSD) Procedures in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia
•       Reception and integration of Refugees in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia
•       Detention in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia
•       Transit migration, readmission and irregular migration in the Western Balkans
•       UNHCR Guidelines on the Application in Mass Influx Situations of the Exclusion Clauses
•       Internal Protection/Relocation/Flight Alternatives
•       Providing Legal Aid to Refugees: Starting a Refugee Legal Aid Clinic?

Instructors at the course are experienced and committed lawyers, scholars, practitioners and activists in the field that will bring a comparative and locally focused perspective to the international protection debate. They are led by Professor Emerita Barbara Harrell-Bond, being with us for the third time, supporting CESI work and helping the development of the refugee studies in Bosnia and Herzegovina/ WB region, Nedim Kulenović, doctoral candidate and a lawyer at the Association “Vaša prava Bosnia and Herzegovina”, providing free legal aid in the sector for international protection, Radoš Đurović, LL.M International Law, Belgrade University, Asylum Protection Center-APC, Belgrade, Serbia, Drago Župarić-Iljić, Junior Research Assistant at the institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies, Zagreb, Croatia, Victoria Smythies, Juris Doctorate, LL.M. International Law, University of Vienna, Grants writer, British Red Cross , Gabriel Bonis, MA, International Relations from Queen Mary, University of London, Refugee Caseworker, British Red Cross and Dr. Selma Porobić , CESI director and forced migration scholar.

The school is open to students from all social sciences backgrounds with admission fee of 500Euros/with considerable discount offered to the participants from the WB region, covering school programme with materials, supervision, tutoring, certificate of participation, food and beverage during the 10-days long training and activities.

CESI invites you to conduct the registration for the ISS 2015 by sending your letter of interest and CV by 1st of June, 2015 by email to cesi@fpn.unsa.ba

ToC Alert: International Journal of Refugee Law for March 1, 2015; Vol. 27, No. 1

Oxford Journal have published the latest Table of Contents alert for the International Journal of Refugee Law, Vol. 27, No. 1 (March 2015).  Further details of the articles included in this volume are highlighted as follows:


Asylum as a General Principle of International Law
María-Teresa Gil-Bazo
Int J Refugee Law 2015 27: 3-28

The Internal Protection Alternative Inquiry and Human Rights Considerations – Irrelevant or Indispensable?
Bríd Ní Ghráinne
Int J Refugee Law 2015 27: 29-51

An Ongoing Anomaly: Pre- and Post-Second World War Palestinian Refugees

Mutaz M Qafisheh

Int J Refugee Law 2015 27: 52-74


The Application and Interpretation of International Humanitarian Law and International Criminal Law in the Exclusion of those Refugee Claimants who have Committed War Crimes and/or Crimes Against Humanity in Canada
James C Simeon
Int J Refugee Law 2015 27: 75-106

‘Climate Change Migrants’: Impediments to a Protection Framework and the Need to Incorporate Migration into Climate Change Adaptation Strategies
Lauren Nishimura
Int J Refugee Law 2015 27: 107-134


‘Systemic Flaws’ and Dublin Transfers: Incompatible Tests before the CJEU and the ECtHR?
Anna Lübbe
Int J Refugee Law 2015 27: 135-140

Case Law Summaries

Case Law Summaries
Int J Refugee Law 2015 27: 141-153


Introductory Note to UNHCR’s Guidelines on Temporary Protection or Stay Arrangements
Volker Türk, Alice Edwards, and Matthias Braeunlich
Int J Refugee Law 2015 27: 154-156

Guidelines on Temporary Protection or Stay Arrangements
Int J Refugee Law 2015 27: 157-165

Introductory Note to the Guidelines on International Protection No. 10 on Claims to Refugee Status related to Military Service
Volker Türk and Alice Edwards
Int J Refugee Law 2015 27: 166-171

Guidelines on International Protection No. 10: Claims to Refugee Status related to Military Service within the context of Article 1A(2) of the 1951 Convention and/or the 1967 Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees
Int J Refugee Law 2015 27: 172-197

Book Reviews

Life Interrupted: Trafficking into Forced Labor in the United States
Thomas Harré
Int J Refugee Law 2015 27: 198-200
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On the Doorstep of Europe: Asylum and Citizenship in Greece
Rita Theodorou Superman
Int J Refugee Law 2015 27: 201-204

The UNHCR and the Supervision of International Refugee Law
Ulrike Brandl
Int J Refugee Law 2015 27: 204-206

Trafficking in Human Beings and Human Rights: The Role of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings
Petya Nestorova
Int J Refugee Law 2015 27: 207-209

Ethnicity and Collective Targeting in Civil Wars

Seeking home: The lives of gay and transgender asylum seekers of the Middle East – The Washington Post

Daily News and Updates from Reliefweb 04/13/2015

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Refugee Council Archive: Daily News Stories On Refugee and Forced Migration 04/13/2015

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