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Annual Conference

CALL FOR REGISTRATION ‘THE FUTURE OF REFUGEE LAW?’

1st Annual Conference, Refugee Law Initiative, University of London

29 June -1 July 2016

** REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! BOOK YOUR SPACE HERE **

** PRACTICAL INFORMATION ON THE CONFERENCE CAN BE FOUND HERE **

The inaugural Annual Conference of the Refugee Law Initiative (RLI) will take place from Wednesday 29 June to Friday 1 July 2016 in the elegant setting of the Senate House of the University of London. The chosen theme for this 1st RLI Annual Conference is ‘The Future of Refugee Law?’. Recent years have seen refugee law doctrine moving in innovative new directions, as the discipline reflects deeply on its relationship to the wider field of international law. At the same time, refugee protection faces renewed challenges on the ground in a number of regions, not least in the refugee and displacement-related consequences of humanitarian crises such as Syria. The fifth anniversary of the RLI presents us with a timely opportunity to proactively consider the future of refugee law.

Distinguished Keynote speakers include Chaloka Beyani (UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of IDPs), Guy S. Goodwin-Gill (All Souls Oxford), Walter Kälin (University of Bern), Eleanor Sharpston (Advocate General, Court of Justice of the European Union) and Volker Türk (Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, UNHCR).

** SEE THE DRAFT PROGRAMME (24 May 2016) HERE **

1. SCOPE

The conference provides a dedicated annual forum in the United Kingdom for bringing together decision-makers and practitioners, policy-makers and influencers, academics and students to share and debate the latest research and cutting-edge developments in refugee law.

A. This year’s chosen theme - ‘The Future of Refugee Law?’ - reflects increasing debate about the direction of refugee protection. Panel slots will be devoted to specifically addressing this theme, alongside presentations from invited keynote speakers and a final plenary discussion on the topic. These ‘thematic’ panels will speak directly to the chosen theme for this year looking at issues such as - Potential in the refugee field for burden-sharing and international co-operation - Relationship of refugee law to other fields of international law, e.g. IHRL, IHL, ICL, Law of the Sea - Tensions and connections between universal and regional refugee law - Scope of refugee protection, esp. for those fleeing war, criminal violence, disasters, climate etc. - Refugee law and the new migration politics of security, externalised borders etc.

B. The remainder of the panel slots will address other ares of the law, policy and practice relating to refugees, IDPs, stateless persons and forced migrants. They will offer a platform for a broader range of high-quality research in this field

C. During the evening reception on the first day, there will also be a poster presentation session. This is a space for newer researchers, taught students, etc. to present initial research in the form of poster presentations.

2. CALL FOR PROPOSALS

The call for proposals is now closed.

To see the draft programme click here

3. REGISTRATION

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

A. Early Bird - booking completed before or on 1 March 2016

** THIS HAS NOW ENDED **

Standard £100

Student, unemployed etc. £85

RLI affiliates (DAs, SRAs, MA Refugee Protection students) £65

B. Non-Early Bird - booking completed after 1 March 2016

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 conference dinner on 29 June is optional and charged separately at £35 per head. A limited number of places are available so please book early to avoid disappointment.

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