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Reminder: Refugee Studies Centre: Annual Harrell-Bond Lecture 2012

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The Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford is delighted to announce the forthcoming Annual Harrell-Bond lecture.

Professor Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar

Co-Director, Stanford Center for International Security and Cooperation Stanford Law School

Wednesday, 07 November 2012, 5pm

Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PW

 “The architecture of refugee protection”

See also: the recent published press release entitled, `Former US presidential special assistant to give lecture on refugees and human rights‘ at http://bit.ly/SzJ0xa

Tens of millions of people in nearly every inhabited corner of the planet face the challenge of life as refugees or internally-displaced people. Countries and organisations throughout the world often recognise that such displaced people (and particularly refugees) have legal rights and merit considerable attention. Nonetheless, the complex structures shaping the laws, organisations, and ideas in this domain – what could be called the ‘architecture’ of refugee protection – often fails to live up to its promise.

In this talk, Professor Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar will disaggregate three dimensions of the ‘architecture’ of refugee protection. Specifically, the talk will focus on some of the architectural features of the humanitarian relief system, on the allocation of power and territory across nation-states, and on the physical architecture of refugee camps. Each of these domains reveals some of the key architectural features driving our response to refugees and internally displaced persons. By understanding the interacting effects of these different architectures, we can better appreciate how a mix of laws, organisations, and ideas help create the combination of neglect and opportunities for action that will shape the lives of displaced persons and the international system that defines our world.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception

Please register for this event online at: http://www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/harrell-bond-registration

Event: Refugee Protection and Psychology Seminar Series

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Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.

Dear colleagues,

I am writing to remind you about an exciting new seminar series on Refugee Protection and Psychology – convened by the Refugee Law Initiative and the Centre for Study of Emotion & Law – that begins this week.

We kick off the series with the following seminar:

6 November 2012, 6.00 pm

Room 349, Senate House, University of London, WC1E 7HU Decision-makers and Psychological Evidence

Presenters: Professor Anthony Good and Dr Jane Herlihy

Discussant: Vice President Mark Ockelton, Upper Tribunal, Immigration and Asylum Chamber

Chair: Dr David James Cantor

This seminar is free and open to the public. For further details or to register your attendance, please visit the new RLI website: http://rli.sas.ac.uk/forthcoming-events/

[ Additional details for this seminar series are available at http://rli.sas.ac.uk/events-courses-and-training/psychology-and-refugee-protection-seminar-series/ ]

Please forward this email to any others who may have an interest in attending.

Kind regards,


Dr David James Cantor
Director of the Refugee Law Initiative


New Publications on Witchcraft; Refugee Protection; Turkey; Al-Qaidi; Egypt; Migration Statistics; Human Rights

Seeking meaning: an anthropological and community-based
approach to witchcraft accusations and their prevention in refugee situations.
By Julia Powles.
UNHCR New Issues in Refugee Research, Research Paper No. 235.
[Download Working Paper]
(Source: UNHCR).

Urban refugee protection in Cairo: the role of communication,
information and technology.
By Nora Danielson.
UNHCR New Issues in Refugee Research, Research Paper No. 236.
[Download Working Paper]
(Source: UNHCR).

Humanitarians without borders: work, mobility and wellbeing in UNHCR.
By Ranji Devadason.
UNHCR New Issues in Refugee Research, Research Paper No. 237.
[Download Working Paper]
(Source: UNHCR).

Israel: The injustice and secrecy surrounding administrative detention.
By Amnesty International.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: Amnesty International).

Turkey: New Report On Women Human Rights Defenders In Kurdish Regions.
By Roj Women’s Association.
(Source: AWID).

The Current Status of Al-Qaida.
By the Oxford Research Group.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: DocuBase).

The Anatomy of Egyptian Revolution: From 25th of January to The New Constitution.
[Download Full Publication]
(Source: DocuBase)

UK: Migration Statistics Quarterly Report May 2012.
By the Office for National Statistics (UK).
[Download Full Report]
(Source: DocuBase)

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2011.
By the U.S. Department of State.
(Source: DocuBase).


Call for Papers: Special 60th Anniversary Issue: “Is the 1951 Convention Outdated?”

Details from the Forced Migration Discussion List.

Call for Papers:   Special 60th Anniversary Issue: “Is the 1951 Convention Outdated?”

Many commentators who criticise the alleged widespread abuse of the refugee protection system point to the 1951 Geneva Refugee Convention as the source of the problem. Its supposed generosity constrains government actions and allegedly prevents the adoption of measures that would make the system more effective and efficient. If we consider developments in global modes of transportation and border controls, it becomes apparent that conditions have changed considerably since governments adopted this historic treaty following the Second World War. It is therefore not surprising that the Refugee Convention’s relevance has been questioned in recent years. Yet a closer look at the Convention reveals that it does not include anything relating to status determination procedures which constitute the most burdensome aspect of protection in many rich countries. It does not even guarantee a right to asylum for persecuted people who are granted refugee status. Have national procedures become inefficient because of the Convention or do other factors explain this situation?

The common response from advocates and academics suggests that any opening of discussions on the Refugee Convention will result in diminishing standards which will leave refugees with even less protection. Aside from legitimate fears about a general lack of solidarity and generosity, what specific forms of protection offered in the Convention risk being abandoned? Is there any fundamental right in this refugee treaty that would be threatened or that is not already covered in other areas of international law? Recent cases suggest courts have relied to a large extent on other human rights treaties to provide actual legal protection. What particular reasons lead advocates to prefer the status quo with regards to the Refugee Convention?

For its special issue on the 60th anniversary of the Refugee Convention, REFUGE invites submissions that explore the debate surrounding the relevance of this historic treaty. In particular, we are interested in papers that recognise the diverging assessments in order to propose approaches that might address current and future problems in a more effective manner.

Submission Deadline: **March 30, 2012**

For more information, visit the Refuge web site at http://pi.library.yorku.ca/ojs/index.php/refuge/index.