Monday 22 March 2021

We are pleased to announce the keynote presentations for our Fifth Annual Conference, ‘Ageing Gracefully? The 1951 Refugee Convention at 70’, to be held online over three half-days, 9-11 June 2021.


James C. Hathaway: “Is 'Ageing Gracefully?’ an Ageist Critique?”

James C. Hathaway, the James E. and Sarah A. Degan Professor of Law, is a leading authority on international refugee law whose work is regularly cited by the most senior courts of the common law world. He is the founding director of Michigan Law's Program in Refugee and Asylum Law and the Distinguished Visiting Professor of International Refugee Law at the University of Amsterdam.

B.S. Chimni: “The 1951 Convention at 70: A Postcolonial Perspective”

Professor Dr. B.S.Chimni retired in 2017 as Professor of International Law, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. He served as Vice Chancellor of the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (2004-2006). He served as a member of the Academic Advisory Committee of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees . He is on the editorial board of several national and international journals and is part of a group of scholars who self-identify as the Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL) scholars.

Fatima Khan: “States and the Refugee Convention: Circumventing not Blatantly Disregarding”

Fatima Khan is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Refugee Rights Unit; a Research Unit incorporating a legal practice registered with the Cape Law Society. She also is admitted as attorney of the High Court of South Africa.


Click for the conference Call for Papers - submissions due 31 March 2021.