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Second Postgraduate Workshop on Refugee Law

Doctoral Affiliates Network

25 APRIL 2014

The Doctoral Affiliates Network of the Refugee Law Initiative (RLI) at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, is pleased to announce its 2nd Postgraduate Workshop on International Refugee Law, which will take place on Friday 25th April 2014 at Senate House, University of London.

The Workshop brings together doctoral students, early career academics and practitioners from around the world to discuss some of the most debated issues in international refugee law today. The Workshop is structured around five thematic panels each chaired by a renowned scholar in the field, and is followed by a keynote address from Professor Helene Lambert.

To attend the Workshop please register here: http://ow.ly/uN3eH .

The deadline for registration is 16th April 2014. However spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis. The registration fee of £20 includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day and an evening reception. Participants will also have the opportunity to attend an evening meal at which the themes and issues raised throughout the day can be discussed in a more informal setting.

Please see below for the Workshop Programme.

For further information on the Postgraduate Workshop please contact Dr Sarah Singer at sarah.singer@sas.ac.uk.


9:00–9:30 – Registration, Tea / Coffee

9:30–9:45 – Formal Welcome: Professor Hélène Lambert (University of Westminster)

9:45–11:30Panel A: Asylum Decision Making Process and Procedures [Court room]

Chaired by Professor Gregor Noll (Lund University)

*        Credibility Assessment in the Swedish Migration Courts in the Light of the Principle of Non-Refoulement, Annkatrin Meyerson (Gothenburg University)

*        Realizing the Right to a Fair Hearing for Migrants and Asylum Seekers, Emma Borland (Cardiff University)

*        Advocacy and Judging in Asylum Appeals, Jessica Hambly (University of Bristol )

*        Identification and Referral of Trafficked Persons to the Asylum Procedure and Vice Versa,  Vladislava Stoyanova (Lund University)

11:30–13:15 – Panel B: Common European Asylum System (Part I) [Court room]

Chaired by Professor Elspeth Guild (Queen Mary, University of London)

*        ‘We Need to Talk about Dublin’: Revisiting Responsibility for Processing Asylum Claims in the European Union, Minos Mouzourakis (Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford)

*        The Recast EURODAC Regulation: Are Asylum-Seekers Treated as Suspected Criminals?,  Niovi Vavoula (School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London)

*        The Recast Reception Conditions Directive: Establishing a Dignified Standard of Living for Asylum-Seekers in the EU? , Evangelia (Lilian) Tsourdi (Université libre de Bruxelles & Université catholique de Louvain)

13:15–14:15 – Lunch

14:15–16:00 – Parallel Panels C and D

Panel C: The Common European Asylum System (Part II)  [Court room]

Chaired by Dr Violeta Moreno-Lax (Queen Mary, University of London)

*        The CJEU and the Common European Asylum System: System(ic) Interaction of Fragmentation?, Emanuela Parisciani (Scuola Superiore Sant’ Anna, Pisa & University of Dundee)

*        Internal Protection Alternative in the EU Qualification Directive, Jessica Schultz (University of Bergen)

*         ‘Protection Analysis’ in Status Determination – Can Courts in the European Union Get it Right?, Julian Lehmann (Global Public Policy Institute & Dresden University of Technology)

*        Has Temporary Protection Directive Become Obsolete? An Examination of the Temporary Protection Directive and its Lack of Implementation in View of the Recent Asylum Crisis in Mediterranean, Meltem Ineli Ciger (University of Bristol)

Panel D: Regional Responses to Refugee Protection [Room 102]

Chaired by Dr David J Cantor (Refugee Law Initiative, School of Advanced Study, University of London)

*        The Role of the South East Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), Lamneivah Sitlhou, Jawaharlal Nehru University)

*        Refugee Definition in the 2012 Regulation on the Right of Refuge in Ecuador: Why Strip away Cartagena?, Anne-Cecile Leyvraz (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva)

*        When the Solution is also a Challenge: Reviewing the Resettlement Refugee Model in South America through the Cases of Chile and Brazil, Marcia A. Vera Espinoza (University of Sheffield)

*        The Solidarity Programmes and the Mexico Plan of Action (MPA): Refugee Protection and Responsibility Sharing in Latin America, Stefania Eugenia Barichello (School of Advanced Study, University of London)

16:00–16:15: Afternoon tea

16:15–18:00 – Panel E: International Refugee Law and its Interaction with Other Branches of International Law [Court room]

Chaired by Professor Vincent Chetail (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva)

*        Human Rights Entitlements in Refugee Status Determination – Reducing the Scope of Refugee Protection, Janna Webels (University of Technololgy, Sidney & Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

*        The Persecution of Disabled Persons and the Human Rights Duty of Reasonable Accommodation, Stephanie Motz (University of Lucerne)

*        Protection from Climate Change-related Harm: What Direction for Litigation after New Zealand’s Teitiota Judgment?, Matthew Scott (Faculty of Law, Lund University)

*        Complementary Protection for Violations of Socioeconomic Rights: A Comparative Study of the European Court of Human Rights and the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights, Bríd Ní Ghráinne (University of Oxford)

18:00-19:00 – Plenary and Reception

Keynote Address from Professor Helene Lambert (University of Westminster).

Download further details as a PDF File:  Second Postgraduate Workshop on International Refugee Law Programme and Registration Details


New Publications on National Legislation; International migration; and Egypt

New Publications on National Legislation

Details of these new publications were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.  Further details can be found on the website at:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

The Refugee Rights Unit at the University of Cape Town has published the following working papers as part of its “Analysis of Domestic Refugee Legislation in the SADC” research project:

  • Working Paper on Namibia’s Refugee Legislation, Paper no. 1 [text]
  • The Institution of Asylum in Malawi and International Refugee Law: A Review of the 1989 Refugee Act, Paper, no. 2 [text]
  • Working Paper on Zambia’s Refugee Legislation, Paper no. 3 [text]

UNHCR is another useful resource for this type of analysis. You can find many of its comments on national laws and policies in Refworld under the following sections:

  • Category: Policy documents–UN High Commissioner for Refugees–Comments on national legislation [access]
  • Category: Policy documents–UN High Commissioner for Refugees–Commentaries (these are mainly related to EU developments) [access]
  • Category: Legal information–UN High Commissioner for Refugees–Comments on national legislation [access]

Actually, since these documents are not consistently indexed, it may be best to look to see what is available for a specific country.  For example, to see if UNHCR commented on Canada’s recent legislative developments, select the country from under the appropriate regions list, then select “UN High Commissioner for Refugees” from the publisher tab.  The subsequent listing includes “UNHCR Submission on Bill C-31: Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act.”

Other Publications

International migration and over-indebtedness: the case of Filipino workers in Italy.
By Charito Basa, Violeta De Guzman, Sabrina Marchetti for the International Institute for Environment and Displacement, (IIED).

Remittances from international migrants are a crucial component of the economy of the Philippines and a vital resource for many households, increasingly so as the prices of basic commodities skyrocket as a result of the current global financial crisis. The latter also affects Italy, a main destination for Filipino migrants, with declining demand for workers in domestic and care services where migrants concentrate. The upshot is growing levels of indebtedness among Filipino migrants. Building on the long-standing work of the Filipino Women’s Council, a grassroots migrants’ association, this paper explores the various dimensions of such indebtedness and its root causes. It analyses how limited access to formal financial institutions, responsibilities towards relatives and the combined impacts of economic pressures in both the Philippines and Italy affect migrants’ incomes and the need to borrow. While indebtedness has long been overlooked in debates on migration and development, there is growing evidence that it is a rapidly emerging problem that requires further investigation and appropriate, supportive policies.

[Download Full Report]

Rampant Impunity: Still no justice for protestors killed in the `25 January Revolution.’
By Amnesty International.
[Download Full Report]
See Also: Press Release – Egypt: Security forces continue to get away with murder two years on from start of uprising



Course: International Refugee Law and Contemporary Challenges

*** Apologies for Cross Posting **

Dear Colleagues,

HREA and the University for Peace Human Rights Centre are issuing a final call for applications for the e-learning course International Refugee Law and Contemporary Challenges offered from 22 October-2 December 2012.

This short certificate course offered by HREA and the Human Rights Center of the University for Peace introduces participants to the international system for refugee protection, from the historical, legal, theoretical and practical perspectives. Issues concerning international protection of refugees have undergone a sea change from the time when the 1951 Refugee Convention came into force. The contemporary world order poses serious challenges to refugee protection, beginning with identifying refugees within mixed migratory flows, inadequate national policies by states to protect refugees, their incompatibilities with international refugee law, the role of international organisations like the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), issues of xenophobia and security in host countries amongst various other issues. This course is designed to provide a comprehensive picture to participants of how and why refugee protection is indispensable from the historical and human rights perspective, what are their needs and available legal protections, which are the relevant actors involved in refugee protection and what are the challenges facing today’s refugees and host countries. The course also analyses the regional systems of refugee protection with the help of selected case studies. The course is based on a dynamic pedagogy including reading materials, video clips, case studies, and interactive webinars with the instructor as well as practitioners from NGOs and officials of UNHCR.

This e-learning course involves approximately 40 hours of reading, interaction with students and instructor on discussion boards, quizzes and other assignments and webinars. The course is based on a participatory, active learning approach, with an emphasis on critical reflection and peer-to-peer learning. The maximum number of course participants is 25. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Participation. It is also possible to be an auditor of the course.

Course outline:

Week 1: Introduction to refugee law – history of population movements, evolution of refugee regime and basic concepts
Weeks 2-3: Contemporary international framework for refugee protection – the 1951 Refugee Convention, the Protocol of 1967, essential concepts and case studies
Week 4: UNHCR and other relevant actors; internally displaced persons and stateless persons
Week 5: Regional systems of refugee protection and selected cases.
Week 6: Contemporary challenges to refugee protection

For further information and to register online, please go to: www.hrea.org/refugeelaw .

Best wishes,

Frank Elbers
Distance Learning Programme, HREA