‘Mass Influx? Law, Policy and Large-Scale Movements of Refugees and Migrants’

2nd Annual Conference, Refugee Law Initiative, University of London

5 - 7 June 2017


The 2nd Annual Conference of the Refugee Law Initiative (RLI) will take place from Monday 5 June to Wednesday 7 June 2017 at the Senate House of the University of London.


The RLI Annual Conference offers a dedicated annual forum internationally to share and debate the latest research and cutting-edge developments in refugee law. This conference builds on the success of the 2016 RLI inaugural annual conference, which united academics, practitioners, policy-makers and students to consider ‘The Future of Refugee Law?’.

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To register for the 2nd Annual Conference, click here

For practical information for conference participants, click here

For additional guidance on the Poster Session, click here 


1. SPECIAL THEME 

This year’s special theme – ‘Mass Influx? Law, Policy and Large-Scale Movements of Refugees and Migrants’ - reflects a need to re-examine complex issues surrounding large-scale sudden movements of persons across borders, as we build towards the Global Compacts in 2018.

With the current political focus on such large-scale movements, there is renewed interest in better understanding and developing humanitarian responses. Even if key normative and legal protection gaps in this area have been evident for some time, little has changed on the ground for refugees, migrants and IDPs. The September 2016 adoption of the UN New York Declaration provides a timely opportunity to reflect on the ideas and proposals expressed therein and to feed into the development of Global Compacts in 2018. Alongside presentations from keynote speakers, several panel sessions will be devoted to this theme. 

We are pleased to announce our keynote speakers for the conference:

- Volker Turk, Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, UNHCR
- François Crépeau, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Migrants
- Alexander Betts, Director, Refugee Studies Centre
- Loren Landau, African Centre for Migration and Society
- Alexandra Bilak, Director, Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre

2. REGISTRATION

All attendees, including presenters, will need to register based on the following terms.

A. Early Bird - booking completed before or on 1 March 2017 Standard - £100; Student, unemployed etc. - £85; RLI affiliates (DAs, SRAs, MA Refugee Protection students) - £65

B. Non-Early Bird - booking completed after 1 March 2017 Standard - £150; Student, unemployed etc. - £125; RLI affiliates (DAs, SRAs, MA Refugee Protection students) - £95

Please note that conference registration for one or two days only is not available.

Participants are responsible for making their own visa, travel and accommodation arrangements, which are not included in the registration fee. However, we can provide details for economical hotels close to the conference venue.

Attendance at the dinner in Senate House on 6 June is optional and charged separately at £45 per head.

A limited number of places are available so please book early to avoid disappointment. 

Photo: ©BrendanBannon/IOM/UNHCR