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Conferences: ‘Human Rights and Change’ – Kadir Has Üniversitesi, Istanbul

Conferences: ‘Human Rights and Change’ – Kadir Has Üniversitesi, Istanbul

The human rights sections of the American Political Science Association, the European Consortium for Political Research, the International Political Science Association, and the International Studies Association, are pleased to announce the publication of the panel program and the opening of registration for the third joint international conference on human rights, on the theme “Human Rights and Change” to take place 16-18 June 2014 at Kadir Has Üniversitesi in Istanbul. You can find the program, and a link to registration, here: http://www.isanet.org/Conferences/HRIstanbul2014/Program.aspx . We had an overwhelming response to our call for papers, resulting in an excellent and diverse program. Other elements of the program, including plenary sessions, will be posted in the coming weeks.

The conference is being organized in association with, and will be followed immediately by, the ACUNS Annual Meeting: “Global Governance: Engaging New Norms and Emerging Challenges”. The ACUNS annual meeting will also be held at Kadir Has University, from June 19 – 21. The paper proposal deadline for the ACUNS conference is 3 March. Individuals registered to attend either conference will be eligible to receive a 20% discount registration for the other conference.

The organisers gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the following:

Glasgow Human Rights Network, University of Glasgow
Centre for Global Constitutionalism, University of St. Andrews
International Studies Association Human Rights Section
International Political Science Association Human Rights Research Committee
European Consortium for Political Research Standing Group on Human Rights and Transition
Journal of Human Rights

The organisers also acknowledge the support of Kadir Has University and the Academic Council on the United Nations System.

Best Regards,

The Human Rights and Change Team

Conferences: Access to Asylum: Current Challenges and Future Directions (early bird registration now open)


The above conference is being organised by Dr Maria O’Sullivan and Professor Susan Kneebone, Faculty of Law, Monash University Australia.

We have recently completed a draft of the conference program and Early Bird Registrations are now open.

The link to the website and registration information is here: http://www.law.monash.edu.au/access-asylum/

The conference will be discussing many issues pertinent to the FMO network, including Access to Asylum; Interpretation of the Refugee Convention and Human Rights Protection; State responsibilities and burden-sharing , Refugee Status Determination procedures; Border Controls at Sea: Frontex and Interdiction; Externalisation and Privatisation of Borders.

Key note speakers include:
* Volker Turk, Director of International Protection, UNHCR
* Dr Cathryn Costello, Refugee Studies Centre
* Julia Ivan, Helsinki Human Rights Committee
* Maria Hennessy, European Council on Refugees and Exiles
* Professor Deborah Anker, Harvard University
* Dr David Cantor, Director, Refugee Law Initiative, University of London
* Dr Dallal Stevens, University of Warwick


Registration open for Refugee Voices conference at the RSC

Registration is now open for the RSC‘s Refugee Voices conference, taking place 24–25 March 2014 at St Anne’s College, Oxford.

Refugee Voices will explore the voices and aesthetic expressions of those dispossessed, displaced and marginalised by the pre-eminence of the nation state. The conference will bring together scholars from across the social sciences and researchers in cultural studies, literature and the humanities to look beyond the nation state and international relations in order to give new attention to the voices and aspirations of refugees and other forced migrants themselves. 

Among the themes to be explored are historical and cultural sources and meanings of flight, exile and forced migration, as well as the significance of encampment, enclosures and forced settlement.

Register online: http://www.oxforduniversitystores.co.uk/browse/product.asp?compid=1&modid=1&catid=1608


RESIDENTIAL £450 – Residential accommodation for the nights of 23 and 24 March 2014: single, en-suite accommodation with breakfast. The residential fee includes conference registration, lunch and conference refreshments. A conference dinner is only provided on Monday 24 March.

NON-RESIDENTIAL £300 – The non-residential fee includes the conference registration fee, lunch and conference refreshments on 24 and 25 March and dinner on 24 March.

If you prefer to make your own accommodation arrangements please select the non-residential option when registering.

Please note that rooms are single en-suite only. Rooms will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. We recommend that anyone wishing to use accommodation books it as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

There are no discounts or funding opportunities available for this conference. We recommend that candidates contact their university/Institute/employer to seek travel and or conference grants or other funding opportunities.

For more information, please visit: http://www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/events/refugee-voices

Event: The Globalization of High Seas Interdiction: Sale’s Legacy and Beyond

The Globalization of High Seas Interdiction: Sale’s Legacy and Beyond

In recent decades, migrants have increasingly turned to dangerous maritime routes in their attempts to access the asylum systems and labor markets of the Global North. In the early 1980s, the United States was the first country to respond to such arrivals with a high seas interdiction program, initially conceived of as a means of intercepting Haitian asylum seekers before they reached U.S. territory. In its 1993 Sale v. Haitian Centers Council decision, the Supreme Court held that neither the Refugee Convention nor domestic immigration statutes constrained the executive’s capacity to interdict and return asylum seekers at sea. In the wake of 9/11 and the border control anxieties it sparked, several individual European countries, the European Union, and Australia adopted variants of the U.S. migrant interdiction approach. Overtly relying on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Sale, these countries transformed a regional U.S. border policing program into a vexing phenomenon of global scope. More than twenty years have passed since the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision in Sale. In light of this milestone, this conference aims to bring together legal scholars, legal practitioners, and policymakers with both theoretical and practical insights into the extraterritorial migrant interdiction regimes that have emerged over the past several decades. The conference will provide an opportunity for participants to debate pressing questions related to the global rise of migrant interdiction, including the lawfulness and prudence of such programs, the concerns they raise with regard to balancing national security concerns and human rights commitments, and the role of transnational law reform campaigns in both challenging and solidifying the position of migrant interdiction in the contemporary juridical landscape.

Further Information and Registration Details: www.law.yale.edu/news/saleslegacy.htm


Events: Education, Unemployment and Unrest in the Middle East and North Africa: Insights from the Arab World Learning Barometer (Reminder)

Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.

REMINDER: We hope you will join us on Wednesday morning for the U.S. launch of the Arab World Learning Barometer, a new report and online interactive that shows how the challenges in providing good-quality education the Middle East and North Africa threaten to undermine the region’s economic growth and political stability.  Please click here to register: https://www.cvent.com/events/education-unemployment-and-unrest-in-the-middle-east-and-north-africa-insights-from-the-arab-world-l/registration-d749598134524b8cb28e63293ec73b2e.aspx.  Join the conversation on Twitter at #ArabLearning: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23ArabLearning&src=typd

Education, Unemployment and Unrest in the Middle East and North Africa: Insights from the Arab World Learning Barometer
Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 10:00 – 11:30 am
The Brookings Institution, Saul/Zilkha Rooms, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC

As war rages on in Syria and Egypt struggles with growth and democratic transition, the fragility of the economies and governments in the Arab world has become clear. Education lies at the heart of these challenges, and moving beyond the Arab Spring toward political and economic stability will require ensuring that all young people in the region get a quality education so they can develop the skills needed to lead productive lives and find jobs in an increasingly competitive global economy.

On February 12, the Center for Universal Education at Brookings will launch the Arab World Learning Barometer, a new report and online interactive that shows how the challenges in providing good-quality education the Middle East and North Africa threaten to undermine the region’s economic growth and political stability. The discussion will center on the links between education and employment, with a special focus on the region’s youth bulge and its particular implications. The event will begin with a presentation on the findings of the report, followed by a moderated discussion with an expert panel.

After the program, panelists will take audience questions.  Join the conversation on Twitter at #ArabLearning.

Liesbet Steer
The Brookings Institution

Kim Ghattas
State Department Correspondent

Hafez Ghanem
Senior Fellow
The Brookings Institution

Magdi Amin
Principal Economist, Office of Executive Vice President & CEO
International Finance Corporation

Shantayanan Devarajan
Chief Economist, Middle East and North Africa
The World Bank

Perihan Abou Zaid
Co-Founder and former CEO
Qabila Media Productions

To RSVP for this event, please call the Office of Communications at 202.797.6105 or click here: https://www.cvent.com/events/education-unemployment-and-unrest-in-the-middle-east-and-north-africa-insights-from-the-arab-world-l/registration-d749598134524b8cb28e63293ec73b2e.aspx

Events: Humanitarian Practice Network: Gender-based violence in emergencies

Gender-based violence in emergencies
18 February 2014 14:00-16:00 GMT

Venue: Overseas Development Institute, London, and screened live online

For directions, click here: http://www.odi.org.uk/about/contact-details.

International concern over gender-based violence (GBV) in emergencies has grown significantly in recent years and a number of good practice standards, guidelines, training resources and other tools have been developed but very little of the evidence and learning from good practice has been adequately documented or disseminated. As today’s conflicts continue to be marked by gender-based violence, humanitarian agencies are seeking to understand how they can better prevent and respond to GBV in emergencies.

This event will simultaneously launch Issue 60 of the Humanitarian Exchange, the theme of which is gender-based violence in emergencies, and Network Paper 77, ‘Preventing and responding to gender-based violence in humanitarian crises’. Speakers will discuss some of the key issues highlighted in these publications including the challenges associated with prevention and response programming, the different forms of violence facing women and girls in particular and the ways in which the needs of survivors can be better addressed in humanitarian crises.

To register for this event please visit the event webpage at http://www.odi.org.uk/events/3855-gender-based-violence-gbv-humanitarian-crises. You can also follow #GBV on Twitter for live coverage at https://twitter.com/search?q=%23gbv&src=typd&f=realtime.

Refreshments will be available from 16:00


Clea Kahn – Humanitarian Advisor, Conflict Humanitarian and Security Department, Department for International Development (DFID)

Aurélie Lamazière – Gender Issues Coordinator, Geneva Call

Sarah Cotton – Public Affairs and Communications Advisor, International Committee of the Red Cross

Aisha Bain – Advocacy Advisor for the Women’s Protection & Empowerment Technical Unit, International Rescue Committee

Alina Potts – Emergency Response & Preparedness Coordinator, Women’s Protection & Empowerment Technical Unit, International Rescue Committee


Wendy Fenton – Humanitarian Practice Network Coordinator

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Events: Slaveries Old and New – British Academy Conference, 27-28 March

Slaveries Old and New: The Meaning of Freedom

Thursday 27 & Friday 28 March 2014, 9.30am – 5pm

Venue: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH

Dr Laura Brace, University of Leicester; Professor Julia O’Connell Davidson, University of Nottingham; Professor Zoe Trodd, University of Nottingham; Dr Mark Johnson, University of Hull

Concerns about human trafficking have sparked renewed awareness of slavery and a revival of the abolitionist movement across the world. Scholars of ‘old’ slavery can offer insights on the complexities of different forms of slavery as systems of political and economic domination, but these have rarely been brought to bear on the contemporary forms of exploitation, subordination and oppression dubbed ‘modern slavery’. This conference addresses that omission, providing a multidisciplinary overview of slaveries old and new and exploring the contested meanings of freedom and slavery in a variety of contexts including migration, debt, marriage, imprisonment.


Professor Bridget Anderson, University of Oxford
Professor Karen E. Bravo, Indiana University
Professor David Graeber, London School of Economics
Dr Sarah Haley, Gender Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
Professor Saidiya Hartman, Columbia University
Mr Nicolas Lainez, National University of Singapore
Professor Tommy Lott, San Jose State University
Dr Sam Okyere, University of Nottingham
Dr Srila Roy, University of Witwatersrand
Dr Nandita Sharma , University of Hawaii
Dr Charlotte Sussman, Duke University
Dr Nathaniel Adam Tobias Coleman, University College London

Please click here for a copy of the current conference programme.

To Register:-  www.britac.ac.uk/events/2014/Slaveries_Old_and_New_The_Meaning_of_Freedom.cfm