Protecting Syrian Refugees: Laws, Policies and Global Responsibility-Sharing

Protecting Syrian Refugees: Laws, Policies and Global Responsibility-Sharing
8 March 2018, 6.00pm - 7.30pm
IALS Council Chamber, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR

The International Refugee Law Seminar Series, sponsored by the Refugee Law Initiative at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, provides a public space for discussion, promotion and dissemination of research between academics, practitioners, students and others with an interest in the refugee and forced migration field.

8th International Refugee Law Seminar Series: ‘Refugee Law in the New World Disorder’

Following the 9/11 attacks on the USA, James Hathaway and Colin Harvey questioned ‘Refugee Protection in the New World Disorder’. Some 15 years later we return to this topic in light of new threats to global order through a series of lectures that investigate key challenges for refugee law today.

Protecting Syrian Refugees: Laws, Policies and Global Responsibility-Sharing

The seminar will cover the research and report completed by the Boston University International Human Rights Law clinic on the Laws and Policies affecting the refugees from Syria in four main host states: Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. The report maps out an aspect of the crisis that has received insufficient attention: that is, the interplay of laws and policies at the international, regional and domestic level affecting the rights and status of the refugees out of Syria in the neighboring host states. The seminar will cover how these laws and policies are affecting protection of refugees from Syria in four neighboring states, and the main protection gaps between existing legal obligations and implementation on the ground. The research links those findings to international obligations of responsibility-sharing and assesses key mechanisms that require third states outside the region to offer refugee and humanitarian status to the refugees in their territories.

Professor Susan Akram directs Boston University Law’s International Human Rights Clinic, in which she supervises students engaged in international advocacy in domestic, international, regional, and UN fora. She teaches or has taught courses in International Human Rights, Refugee and Migration law, US Immigration law and Palestinian Refugees under International Law. Her research and publications focus on immigration, asylum, refugee, forced migration and human and civil rights issues, with an interest in the Middle East, the Arab, and Muslim world. Her book projects include Still Waiting for Tomorrow: The Law and Politics of Unresolved Refugee Crises (with Tom Syring); International Law and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Rights-Based Approach to Middle East Peace (with Mick Dumper, Michael Lynk and Ian Scobbie). Her articles and book chapters include “Palestinian Exceptionalism, Whether it Matters, and the Role International Agencies Play” in the Oxford Handbook of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies; “The Arab Israel Conflict,” (with Michael Lynk) in the Max Planck Encyclopedia of International Law; and “Temporary Protection as an Instrument for Implementing the Right of Return for Palestinian Refugees” in the Boston University International Law Journal. 

She has taught at the American University in Cairo, Egypt and at Al-Quds and Birzeit Universities in Palestine. She regularly teaches in the summer institute on forced migration at the Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford University, and in various venues in the Middle East on refugee law.

* Light refreshments provided after the seminar.


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