13th International Refugee Law Seminar Series

“Local Integration: A Durable Solution in need of Reinvigoration?”
Dr Nicholas Maple - Refugee Law Initiative, University of London
Tuesday 8th November 2022


“Refugee Protection “Here” or “There”: Reflections on a Non-ideal World”
Professor David Owen – University of Southampton
Wednesday 12th October 2022


RLI 6th Annual Conference

Keynote presentations

"The 'Arc of Protection' and the Future Shape of the Global Refugee Regime"
Professor Alex Aleinikoff (Director of the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility, The New School, New York, USA)


"Moving Beyond Refugee Law: Putting Principles on Climate Mobility into Practice"
Professor Jane McAdam (Director of the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, University of New South Wales, Australia)


"Refugee Leadership and the Future of the Global Refugee Regime"
Sana Mustafa (Director of Partnership and Engagement, Asylum Access)


Panel presentations

Panel Session 1

Panel Session 2

Panel Session 3

Panel Session 5

Panel Session 6

Accountability to refugees during the COVID-19 pandemic

Exploring the Humanitarian Response in Uganda and Bangladesh
Speakers: Dr Sarah Singer (Refugee Law Clinic), Dr Diana Martin (Refugee Law Clinic)
Date: 1 December 2021


12th International Refugee Law Seminar Series (in partnership with the UoL Refugee Law Clinic)

Refugee counter-proposals to the New Plan: integration and recognition
Speakers: Dr Ammar Bajboj (Refugee Law Initiative), Samer Muhandes (Project Centre Ltd/Imperial College London), Adnan Haj Omar (Arabisk Media/Arabisk Magazin London), Dania Archid (Alarabi TV, London), Ahmed Abd Rabuoh (Oxford Brookes University)
Date: 16 March 2022

‘All friends together…?’: international cooperation in the asylum field
Speakers: Yuvan Aravindan (Refugee Law Clinic), Dr Nikolas Feith Tan (Danish Institute for Human Rights), Dr Meltem Ineli Ciger (Suleyman Demirel University), Dr Gerasimos Tsourapas (University of Glasgow)
Date: 9 February 2022


Asylum and illegality: Protecting refugees or criminalising asylum-seeking?
Speakers: George Tyler (Refugee Law Clinic), Ana Aliverti (University of Warwick), Kudakwashe Vanyoro (ACMS), Regina Jefferies (Kaldor Centre, UNSW)
Date: 12 January 2022


Moving the goalposts (yet again): access to justice in the UK asylum system
Speakers: Kelly Frevele (Refugee Law Clinic), Sheona York (Kent Law Clinic), Prof. Nick Gill (University of Exeter), Dr Ruth Brittle (Nottingham Trent University), Prof. Gillian Triggs (Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, UNHCR)
Date: 8 December 2021


Transforming refugee status: definitions and discrimination
Speakers: Ram Sabaratnam (Refugee Law Clinic), Dr Hugo Storey (International Association of Refugee and Migration Judges), Prof. Elspeth Guild (Queen Mary University of London / Radboud University), Colin Yeo (Garden Court Chambers / Free Movement) and Dr Maria O’Sullivan (Monash University)
Date: 3 November 2021


Asylum and politics after COVID-19: is the UK ‘New Plan for Immigration’ an outlier?
Speakers: Prof. Maryellen Fullerton (Brooklyn Law School), Achieng Akena (International Refugee Rights Initiative) and Prof. Matthew Gibney (Refugee Studies Centre)
Date: 6 October 2021


RLI 5th Annual Conference

Keynote presentations

Is 'Ageing Gracefully?’ an Ageist Critique?”
Professor James C. Hathaway (James E. and Sarah A. Degan Professor of Law, University of Michigan, USA)


“The 1951 Convention at 70: A Postcolonial Perspective”
Professor B.S. Chimni (Distinguished Professor of International Law, O.P. Jindal Global University, India)


“States and the Refugee Convention: Circumventing, but not Blatantly Disregarding”
Professor Fatima Khan (Director of the Refugee Rights Unit, University of Cape Town, South Africa)

Panel presentations

Panel Session 1

Panel Session 2

Panel Session 3

Panel Session 4

Panel Session 5

Panel Session 6


11th International Refugee Law Seminar Series (in partnership with PDD)

'Implications for policy of a (post-?) COVID-19 world…'
Moderators: David Cantor, RLI / Walter Kälin, PDD
Speakers: Paul Spiegel (Johns Hopkins University), Mihir Bhatt (All India Disaster Mitigation Institute), Aimée-Noël Mbiyozo (Institute for Security Studies Africa), Dr Nikolas Feith Tan (Danish Institute of Human Rights). Click on names for presentation slides.
Date: Wednesday 17 March 2021, 1.30pm UK


'Legal responses to cross-border 'environmental' mobility'
Moderator: Moderator: Atle Solberg (Head of the Secretariat of the Platform on Disaster Displacement)
Speakers: Jane McAdam (Kaldor Centre of International Refugee Law, University of New South Wales), Richard Bedford (University of Waikato), David Cantor (Refugee Law Initiative) and Lucy Daxbacher (Intergovernmental Authority on Development)
Date: Wednesday 10 February 2021, 1.30pm UK


'Internal displacement, migration and planned relocation in the context of natural hazards'
Moderator: Moderator: Greta Zeender, Secretariat, UN Secretary-General's High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement
Speakers: Romola Adeola (University of Pretoria), Matthew Scott (Raoul Wallenberg Institute), Tasneem Siddiqui (Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit, University of Bangladesh) and Elena Correa, (Independent Consultant)
Date: Wednesday 13 January 2021, 1.30pm UK


Global policy debates, mobility and natural hazards
Moderator: Nina Birkeland, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)
Speakers: Dina Ionesco (International Organization for Migration), Andrew Harper (UNHCR), Ezekiel Simperingham (International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies), Mirzan Khan (International Centre for Climate Change and Development)
Date: Wednesday 12 December 2020, 1.30pm UK


Data and knowledge on human mobility in the context of natural hazards
Moderator: Atle Solberg (Platform on Disaster Displacement)
Speakers: Justin Ginnetti (Independent Consultant); Caroline Zickgraf (Hugo Observatory); Kanta Kumari Rigaud (World Bank); Luiza de Moura Pallone (South American Network for Environmental Migrations)
Date: Wednesday 11 November 2020, 1.30pm UK


Conceptualising policy - do ‘climate refugees’ or ‘environmental migrants’ really exist? 
Moderator: David Cantor, RLI
Speakers: Walter Kälin (Platform on Disaster Displacement), Koko Warner (United Nations Climate Change Secretariat), Francois Gemenne (Hugo Observatory), Max Martin (University of Sussex)
Date: Wednesday 7 October 2020, 1.30pm UK


Launch: RSQ Special Issue - ‘Why Do We Need New Research on Internal Displacement?’
Moderator: Mark Yannell (UN Secretary-General's High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement)
Speakers: Professor David Cantor (RSQ Editor-in-Chief; IDRP Director), Dr Romola Adeola (Global Engagement Network on Internal Displacement in Africa, University of Pretoria), Dr Ben Hudson (University of Exeter), Lígia Magalhães (IDP department, Mexican Commission for Defense and Promotion of Human Rights)
Date: Thursday 21 January 2021, 3.00pm UK


10th International Refugee Law Seminar Series (in partnership with UNHCR)

Solutions and the Global Compact on Refugees - A Long Road 'Home'
Speaker: Geoff Gilbert, Professor of Law, University of Essex
Date: 25 February 2020

Easing Pressure: Uganda and the Global Compact on Refugees
Speaker: Julius Peter Moto, High Commissioner of the Republic of Uganda to the United Kingdom and Ireland
Date: 10 February 2020

Is Return the Preferred Solution for Refugees?
Speaker: Megan Bradley, Associate Professor, McGill University
Date: 4 December 2019

Panel Discussion: Future Challenges in Refugee Protection - Movements and Responses​
Speakers: Rossella Pagliuchi-Lor (UNHCR), Professor Nando Sigona (University of Birmingham), and Professor Richard Black (University of Birmingham)
Date: 17 October 2019


RLI 4th Annual Conference - Keynote Presentations

Refugee Law Initiative
4th Annual Conference: ‘Rethinking the "Regional" in Refugee Law and Policy'
3-5 June 2019

The Common European Asylum System 20 Years after the Tampere Summit: From Cooperation to Crisis?
Speaker: Professor Vicent Chetail, Founding Director of the Global Migration Centre and Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Are Refugees Special?
Speaker: Professor David James Cantor, Director of Refugee Law initiative

South-South Humanitarian Responses to Displacement: Views From the Middle East
Speaker: Professor Elena Fiddian Qasmiyeh, Professor in Migration and Refugee Studies, and Co-Director of the Migration Research Unit; Coordinator of UCL's Refuge in a Moving World Research Network


Seminar Series: Humanitarian Accountability in Displacement Contexts

Revisiting Accountability of Humanitarian Actors and Researchers: Lessons from field-research with refugee populations in East Africa​
Speaker: Dr Naohiko Omata (Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford)
Date: 13 June 2019

Taking Humanitarian Accountability to the Next Level
Speaker: Dorothea Hilhorst, Erasmus University, Rotterdam
Date: 4 April 2019

How to Make the Humanitarian System Fit-for-purpose: A bottom-up approach
Speaker: Nick Van Pragg, Ground Truth Solutions
Date: 28 March 2019


9th International Refugee Law Seminar Series

The Humanitarian-Development Nexus: A Political Economy Approach​
Speaker: Roger Zetter, University of Oxford
Date: 2 April 2019

The Arc of Protection: Reforming the International Refugee Regime​
Speaker: Alex Aleinikoff, Zolberg Institute
Date: 14 March 2019

Is it Time to Stop Putting Status Determination at the Heart of the Refugee Response?
Speaker: Alison Harvey, No5 Chambers
Date: 23 January 2019

Leaving No One Behind: A Look at the Global Compact for Refugees
Speaker: Professor Pene Mathew, Griffith University
Date: 19 November 2018

Niger: The Making of a Model Transit Country
Speaker: Daniel Howden, Refugees Deeply
Date: 7 November 2018


Lecture Series: Current Thinking in Refugee Law

How to the Elements of the Definition Fit Together?
Speakers: Mark Symes (Garden Court Chambers) and Hugo Storey (Upper Tribunal Immigration and Asylum Chamber)
Date: 6 February 2019

State Protection and Internal Relocation
Speakers: Mark Symes (Garden Court Chambers) and Hugo Storey (Upper Tribunal Immigration and Asylum Chamber)
Date: 10 January 2019

Persecution and Convention Reason
Speakers: Mark Symes (Garden Court Chambers) and Hugo Storey (Upper Tribunal Immigration and Asylum Chamber)
Date: 4 December 2018

Well Founded Fear
Speakers: Mark Symes (Garden Court Chambers) and Hugo Storey (Upper Tribunal Immigration and Asylum Chamber)
Date: 23 October 2018


RLI 3rd Annual Conference - Keynote Presentations

Refugee Law Initiative
3rd Annual Conference: ‘Refugee Protection in a Hostile World?’
18-19 July 2018

'Refugees, Intolerance and Racism: Contemporary Reflections'
Speaker: E. Tendayi Achiume (UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance)

'Prospects for the Global Refugee Compact in a "Hostile World"
Speaker: Jean-François Durieux (Refugee Law Initiative)

'Refugee Law in Times of Crisis: Reflections on Academic and Political Trajectories'
Speaker: Professor Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen (Raoul Wallenberg Institute)


Special IDP Workshop - Keynote Presentation

Refugee Law Initiative
Special IDP Workshop: 'Revitalising IDP Research'
20 July 2018

'Framing Policy-Relevant Research on IDPs: The GP20 Process'
Speaker: Cecilia Jimenez-Damary (UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of IDPs)


8th International Refugee Law Seminar Series

The UN's 'Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework': Actually a 'Contingent Refugee Assistance Project'
Speaker: Professor James Hathaway (University of Michigan)
Date: 21 May 2018

Protecting Syrian Refugees: Laws, Policies and Global Responsibility-Sharing
Speaker: Professor Susan Akram (Boston University)
Date: 8 March 2018

Authority and Affect in Immigration Detention: A Critical Account
Speaker: Professor Mary Bosworth (University of Oxford)
Date: 20 February 2018

Allocation of Competence in Asylum Matters under International and EU Law
Speaker: Professor Marcello Di Filippo (University of Pisa)
Date: 25 January 2018

The Impact of Brexit on UK Asylum Law
Speaker: Colin Yeo (Garden Court Chambers / Free Movement blog)
Date: 27 November 2017

The Evolution of Migration Management in the Global North
Speaker: Dr Christina Oelgemoller (Loughborough University)
Date: 16 November 2017

Refugee Protection in the United Kingdom Beyond Brexit: The Perils of Australian Exceptionalism
Speaker: Linda Kirk (ANU)
Date: 25 October 2017


RLI 2nd Annual Conference - Keynote Presentations

Refugee Law Initiative
2nd Annual Conference: ‘Mass Influx? Law, Policy and Large-Scale Movements of Refugees and Migrants’
5 - 7 June 2017

'Refugee Regime 2.0: How the World Has Changed and What It Means for Refuge'
Professor Alexander Betts (Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford)

'Prospects for the Global Compact on Migration: Towards a Mobility Agenda?'
Professor Francois Crepeau (UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Migrants)

'Repercussions of the European 'Crisis' for Global Politics on Migration and Development'
Professor Loren Landau (African Centre for Migration and Society, Witwatersrand University)

'Masses and Power: What Does the Future Hold?'
Dr Volker Turk (Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, UNHCR)


From Frontex to the European Border and Coast Guard: Responsibility for human rights violations at the borders.

RLI End-of-year event
Speaker: Mariana Gkliati (Leiden University)
Tuesday 13 December 2016


7th International Refugee Law Seminar Series

The End of the Deterrence Paradigm? Future directions for global refugee policy
Speaker: Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen
Thursday 9 February 2017

Between Conflict and Survival: Unravelling the drivers of migration across the Mediterranean in 2015
Speaker: Heaven Crawley
Tuesday 17 January 2017

Refugee Protection in Mixed Migration - a UNHCR perspective pre and post summit
Speaker: Sarah Elliott
Date: 1 December 2016

‘One Protocol yet to be drafted’? What treaty law can and cannot do to advance refugee protection
Speaker: Jean Francois Durieux
Monday 24 October 2016