1st Annual Conference: The Future of Refugee Law? University of London

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Refugee Law Initiative, University of London
29 June – 1 July 2016

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.

Keynote speakers:
– Dr Volker Turk, Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, UNHCR
– Prof Guy Goodwin-Gill, All Souls College Oxford
– Dr Chaloka Beyani, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of IDPs
– Prof Walter Kalin, University of Bern
– Eleanor Sharpston QC, Advocate General, Court of Justice of the European Union

Alongside the five (5) plenary/keynote sessions, and a poster session, the conference hosts eighteen (18) dedicated specialist panels with a wide range of expert speakers on:

Stream 1
– Rethinking the Refugee Convention
– The Shifting Boundaries of the Refugee Definition: Who Now Qualifies?
– Future Directions in the Search for the True Meaning of Article 1A(2)…
– Non-refoulement, Asylum and Human Rights Law
– The Future of Solutions for ‘The Refugee Problem’
– Protection of Refugee and Stateless Children: What Role for Human Rights Law?

Stream 2
– Asylum Today and Looking to the Future: Concepts, Access and Impediments
– All at Sea in the Pacific: A Regional Approach to Maritime Asylum-Seekers?
– EU Refugee Management: Implications for International Protection – ‘Breaking Bad’
– European Asylum Law: Challenges, Processes and Innovations
– Temporary Protection and other Legal Responses to War ‘Refugees’
– Solidarity, Burden-sharing and the Future of International Refugee Law

Stream 3
– The Law of Statelessness in Contemporary Contexts
– A Dangerous Direction: Rights of Refugees under Pressure
– Climate Displacement: A New Legal Order?
– Legal Responses to Gangs, Criminal Violence and New Dynamics of Forced Displacement in the Americas and Africa
– Improving Solutions for Displacement Contexts – Evidence and Practice (tbc)
– Mobility-based Refugee Protection as an Emerging Trend?

Programme: http://www.sas.ac.uk/sites/default/files/files/RLI/An%20Conf%20draft%20programme_260416%20(002).pdf

Registration details: http://www.sas.ac.uk/rli/annual-conference