Daily Archives: Wednesday, October 28, 2015

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Events: ‘THE FUTURE OF REFUGEE LAW?’ – Call for Conference Papers/Registratio



1st Annual Conference, Refugee Law Initiative, University of London

29 June -1 July 2016

The inaugural Annual Conference of the Refugee Law Initiative (RLI) will take place from Wednesday 29 June to Friday 1 July 2016 in the elegant setting of the Senate House of the University of London.

The chosen theme for this 1st RLI Annual Conference is ‘The Future of Refugee Law?’. Recent years have seen refugee law doctrine moving in innovative new directions, as the discipline reflects deeply on its relationship to the wider field of international law. At the same time, refugee protection faces renewed challenges on the ground in a number of regions, not least in the refugee and displacement-related consequences of humanitarian crises such as Syria. The fifth anniversary of the RLI presents us with a timely opportunity to proactively consider the future of refugee law.


The conference provides a dedicated annual forum in the United Kingdom for bringing together decision-makers and practitioners, policy-makers and influencers, academics and students to share and debate the latest research and cutting-edge developments in refugee law.

A. This year’s chosen theme – ‘The Future of Refugee Law?’ – reflects increasing debate about the direction of refugee protection. Two panel slots will be devoted to specifically addressing this theme, alongside presentations from invited keynote speakers and a final plenary discussion on the topic.

Proposals for these ‘thematic’ panels should ONLY speak directly to the chosen theme for this year. Possible topics for paper or panel submissions include the following:

– Potential in the refugee field for burden-sharing and international co-operation

– Relationship of refugee law to other fields of international law, e.g. IHRL, IHL, ICL, Law of the Sea

– Tensions and connections between universal and regional refugee law

– Scope of refugee protection, esp. for those fleeing war, criminal violence, disasters, climate etc.

– Refugee law and the new migration politics of security, externalised borders etc.

Note that these are pointers and we welcome proposals on any aspect of the future of refugee law.

B. The remainder of the panel slots will be open to ANY topic on the law, policy and practice relating to refugees, IDPs, stateless persons and forced migrants. They offer a platform for a broader range of high-quality research in this field. Proposals to these panels can be for law, policy or practice at the international level, in the UK and Europe, or in any other country or region.

C. During the evening reception on the first day, there will also be a poster presentation session. This is a space that newer researchers, taught students, etc. may find more suitable for presenting initial research in the form of poster presentations.


The selection committee is pleased to invite paper and panel proposals (of up to four papers) for the ‘thematic’ panels and for the ‘open’ panels. Please indicate clearly in the subject line and body of your email whether your proposal relates to the ‘thematic’ or the ‘open’ panels and whether it is for a single paper or a panel. Selection is competitive and proposals will be chosen based on quality, relevance to the field and (for ‘open’ panels) coherence with other submissions.

We also invite proposals for poster presentations during the evening reception on the first day. High-quality proposals not accepted for the panel sessions may be offered a place on the poster session. Please indicate in the subject line and body of your email if you are proposing a poster for this session.

Please send all proposals – whether for a paper or panel – to: rli-conference2016@sas.ac.uk. The deadline for submission is 8 January 2016. A decision will be returned by 15 January 2016. The decision of the selection committee is final.

Proposals are welcomed from researchers at all stages in their careers.


All attendees, including presenters, will need to register based on the following terms.

‘Early bird’ registration will be open from 1 November 2015 via the RLI website (www.sas.ac.uk/rli).

A. Early Bird – booking completed before or on 1 March 2016

Standard – £100

Student, unemployed etc. – £85

RLI affiliates (DAs, SRAs, MA Refugee Protection students) – £65

B. Non-Early Bird – booking completed after 1 March 2016

Standard – £150

Student, unemployed etc. – £125

RLI affiliates (DAs, SRAs, MA Refugee Protection students) – £95

Please note that conference registration for one or two days only is not available.

Participants are responsible for making their own visa, travel and accommodation arrangements, which are not included in the registration fee. However, we can provide details for economical hotels close to the conference venue.

Attendance at the conference dinner on 29 June is optional and charged separately at £35 per head. A limited number of places are available so please book early to avoid disappointment.


Free Webinar Oct 30: The Syrian Refugee Crisis Explained

Events: Working on the Edge of Society: Migrants in Illegal, Precarious or Exploitative Work

Events: Working on the Edge of Society: Migrants in Illegal, Precarious or Exploitative Work

Register this week for this super cheap event with an amazing line-up of speakers!

Working on the Edge of Society: Migrants in Illegal, Precarious or Exploitative Work

Monday 2 November 2015, 09:45-16:45
Moot Court, School of Law, Bartolome House, Winter Street, Sheffield, S3 7ND

Key note address: Bridget Anderson, University of Oxford
‘Good workers, poor slaves, and the politics of locomotion’

Paul Blomfield MP
‘Targeting those who exploit, not the exploited’

Don Flynn, Migrants Rights Network
‘Strategies to empower the exploited to act on their own behalf’

Nicola Phillips, University of Sheffield
‘Migration and Forced Labour: Where are the Connections?’

Louise Waite, University of Leeds, & Hannah Lewis, University of Sheffield
‘The Precarity Trap: Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Forced Labour in the UK’

Genevieve Le Baron, University of Sheffield
‘Comparing the Business of Forced Labour Across UK-based Labour Supply Chains’

Nando Sigona, University of Birmingham
‘Everyday statelessness: Camps, practices and belonging in Italy’

Sonia McKay & Alice Bloch, University of Manchester
‘Raids on businesses and employer sanctions: the impact on undocumented migrants and migrant employers’

More info: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/politics/news/migration-02-11-15-1.503447


Daily News and Updates on Refugee and Forced Migration Studies 10/28/2015

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Daily News and Updates from ReliefWeb 10/28/2015

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New Journal Research Articles for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies 10/28/2015

  • “Although people involved in every kind of professional or volunteer work can be susceptible to vocational burnout, research suggests that social justice and human rights (SJHR) activists, whose activist work is fraught with unique challenges, can be especially susceptible to it. Building on a small but growing body of scholarship on SJHR activist burnout, this study is an attempt to gain insight into SJHR activists’ own experiences. In order to deepen the relatively slim present understandings of SJHR activist burnout, we adopted a grounded theory approach to analyse interview data from 22 SJHR activists involved in a wide variety of SJHR movements and organizations in the United States. This analysis revealed patterns in the activists’ perceptions of the symptoms, causes, and implications of their burnout and pointed to several dimensions of the internal cultures of United States SJHR movements and organizations, including, in the words of one our participants, a ‘culture of martyrdom’, that hasten activist burnout and, as a result, render SJHR activism less effective and efficient. We discussed these findings and how they might inform efforts to strengthen SJHR movements by tending to the well-being of SJHR activists”

    tags: newjournalarticles

  • “Traditional human rights concepts seem to fit Internet activity when it is broadly allied to conventional political mobilization and when it occurs in human rights-violating jurisdictions. Traditional concepts are strained, however, when Internet activity takes the unconventional form of ‘hacktivism’, and it occurs in human-rights respecting jurisdictions. Hacktivism is still activism but not always open or democratic activism. Unlike more familiar forms of activism, hacktivism can often be anonymous, sometimes gratuitously so, and can operate with a kind of impunity that its technology seems to afford. Hacktivism is sometimes also claimed to serve interests that transcend those of particular states, that is, the interests of the global population generally. But this claim is implausible if hacktivism is not accountable to anyone. Taking the cases of Wikileaks and Anonymous, I argue that some of the activities of these groups are highly questionable, and that forms of cyberactivism more strongly connected with public displays of protest and legally accountable disclosure are morally superior and cohere better with human rights. This line of thought is, admittedly, easier to articulate in the case of Wikileaks than in the case of Anonymous, whose free-form set of causes and swarm activity are not always attributable to a stable collective entity. The activities of these two groups are chosen for four reasons: because they are both prominent in hacktivism; because they together represent quite a lot of the spectrum of hacktivism; because they have operated at times in concert, and because, in the case of Wikileaks at least, the rationale for its activity is sometimes stated in the language of human rights. “

    tags: newjournalarticles

  • “Children have the right to express themselves and to be involved in the construction of knowledge. In this article, we argue for the right of refugee children to express their thoughts and feelings in research, and for the obligation of researchers to enable their self-expression. We propose respect as the driving force for enabling children’s rights and entitlements. As respect is translated and instantiated in the specifics of research activities, it brings those rights into practice. We describe a set of computer-assisted interviews (CAIs) developed at the Victorian Foundation for the Survivors of Torture (VFST). We show how they meet the criteria of respect and enable refugee children’s contributions to knowledge. CAIs allow children to express their thoughts and feelings about their own well-being through their accessibility, in how they present children with multiple ways to contribute to knowledge, and in the usefulness of the individualized profiles of responses they provide for holistic analyses. This research using CAIs is suitable for providing an evidence base for tailoring assessment and services for refugee children and has potential for use in rights-based practice. “

    tags: newjournalarticles

  • “Some multicultural countries, such as Indonesia, that have become parties to international human rights treaties continue to make allowances for personal status of ethnic and religious groups which enable such groups to live in accordance with traditional laws and customs particularly with regard to marriage, divorce, and inheritance, although these traditional rules and regulations are not based on the basic human rights principles of equality and non-discrimination. In this article, the position of Balinese Hindu women is taken as an example to show that by maintaining personal status laws, the land rights of girls and women belonging to the Hindu community are negatively affected and it is very difficult for these women to change this situation themselves as they are caught between their rights and needs on the one hand and their loyalty towards their families, communities, and culture on the other. By accommodating personal status laws, states, including their organs at central, regional and local level, not only violate their international law obligations but are also responsible for undermining women’s right to equality. In order to remedy this, they should take all appropriate measures—both legal and extra-legal—to modify laws, customs and traditions in such a way that they are geared to non-discrimination and equality without harming the cultural identity of the ethnic or religious group. For government officials it will be next to impossible to have an impact on people’s frame of mind. That is why the authorities should actively and financially support campaigns of non-state actors that support equality, such as grassroots NGOs, local authorities, and academics. Because these actors speak the local language and have intimate knowledge of the religion and culture, they are best placed to bring about a change in practice. “

    tags: newjournalarticles

  • “A growing number of academic researchers from developed countries are conducting refugee-based research in developing countries. Despite gaining theoretical knowledge in the classroom, early career researchers are inexperienced in the application of knowledge to fieldwork, especially in an international setting. In this practice note, the author draws upon the experience of working with Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in Indian refugee camps in order to discuss the ethical challenges faced during fieldwork. The note describes how Rowson’s (2010) FAIR framework—Fairness, Autonomy, Integrity and Results—provided a flexible structure to prioritize ethical demands and assume accountability for the research process and outcome. The author argues that promoting mutual respect and an open dialogue between the researcher, university and community ethical bodies, collaborating community agencies and community elders can instil research practices with the creativity, flexibility and common sense that is ideal for conducting refugee research in developing countries. “

    tags: newjournalarticles

  • “The mainstream human rights discourse has largely privileged individual rights over collective rights and civil and political rights over economic, social and cultural rights. Furthermore, much scholarship on collective social movements posits a shift in recent decades towards mobilization around identity politics and away from the economic or class-based focus of trade unions. In contrast, this policy and practice note argues against drawing a sharp analytical dichotomy between new identity-based and old class-based social movements. Moreover, it posits that there is value added by considering trade unions as human rights organizations (of a particular kind). Indeed, it is argued that in order to overcome some of the shortcomings of mainstream human rights discourse and practice it is both desirable and necessary to engage with the praxis of trade unions from a human rights perspective. “

    tags: newjournalarticles

  • “In this article we address the complex relation between international human rights organizations and unruly activism. We take the Pussy Riot case as a point of departure to illustrate that the institutionalized methods of international human rights organizations can clash with the more radical agenda and action repertoires of unruly groups and movements. These new forms of civic engagement are situated in a larger context of discontent with globalizing economic and political forces and some broader challenges for human rights. We analyse these unconventional and sometimes violent activisms through a lens of unruly politics, arguing that they denote a fundamental shift in the type of engagement we know of traditional NGOs. We discuss how such activisms pose a particular challenge for international human rights organizations, which can be seen as too hierarchal, elitist, moderate and with too minimalist an agenda to achieve the desired system change. Unruly politics differ from the institutionalized politics of human rights organizations with regard to their understanding of social change, their modes of organization, and their action repertoires. We conclude the article by arguing that the new civic politics with an unruly character and the more traditional human rights advocacy are both valuable and do not need to be reconciled. We sketch three possible ways that international human rights organizations can remain relevant by playing roles which are different from, but complementary to, those of unruly agents, claiming that antagonism can even be fruitful for a process of progressive social change. “

    tags: newjournalarticles

  • “Public opposition to immigration in Britain reflects perceptions of immigrants that focus disproportionately on “illegal” immigration and asylum seekers, rather than more numerous workers, students, and family members. This study examines coverage of immigration in the British national press, to see whether press portrayals of migrants provide a basis for these images of immigration underlying public attitudes. We use corpus linguistic methods to analyze 43 million words of news from 2010 to 2012. Among other findings, we show that press portrayals match public perceptions of migrants, with “illegal immigrants” and “failed asylum seekers” as predominant depictions in broadsheet and tabloid newspapers.”

    tags: newjournalarticles

  • “This article analyses the spatial dimension of social movements mobilising against border controls. Focusing on the case of the protests against European border controls, this paper shows that new spatial strategies of protest have emerged since the beginning of the 2000s. Movements construct collective actions that aim to identify border controls and occupy specific border sites. These new strategies are related to a transformation of the material and symbolic dimensions of border controls in the last decades. As they have become more diffuse and organised through a selective power, social movements strategically locate their protest in order to document the existence and nature of border controls. In doing so, they disrupt the exclusionary logic of citizenship.”

    tags: newjournalarticles

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