Online Conference: The Refugee Convention - 70 years on
- Date: –15:45
- Location: Zoom: https://uu-se.zoom.us/j/65269184490
- Organiser: Uppsala Forum for Democracy, Peace and Justice, Göteborg, Lund, Uppsala Migration Law Network (GLUMIN), Swedish Institute for International Law (SIFIR), and the network 'Migration as a legal and Political Process'
- Contact person: Mattias Vesterlund
Join the event with this link: https://uu-se.zoom.us/j/65269184490
The focus for this conference is particularly on the issue of the processes, tendencies and still overlooked matters that influence the Refugee Convention’s incisiveness. On this 70th anniversary of the Convention, at least 82.4 million people around the world have been forced to flee their homes and less than 1% of the world’s refugees are resettled. It is time to take stock: are we dealing with a paper-tiger and if so, how and why? There are many issues surrounding the question of validity and enforcement: from the lack of adhesion to the convention to the lack of ratification; from the question of adjudication mechanisms to that of the UNHCR budget, not to mention the issue of reasons for protection and their assessment. We are particularly interested in the idea that we might simply be going back to business as usual, making the Convention a parenthesis in the history of international relations.
Thomas Spijkerboer, Professor of migration law, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam: "The Refugee Convention, Europe and the global South"
Maja Janmyr, Professor of International Migration Law, University of Oslo: "The 1951 Refugee Convention and Non-Signatory States: Charting a Research Agenda"
Katia Bianchini, Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology: "The Role of Expert Witnesses in the Adjudication of Religious and Culture-based Asylum Claims in the United Kingdom: the Case Study of ‘Witchcraft’ Persecution"