New ‘Refugee Law Initiative’ will provide a national focal point for leading and promoting the refugee law research agenda

Thursday 2 June 2011

The Refugee Law Initiative (RLI) at the Human Rights Consortium of the School of Advanced Study, University of London will be the only academic centre in the UK to focus specifically on international refugee law. It will be formally launched in October 2011.

The RLI aims to function as a national focal point for leading and promoting the refugee law research agenda. It will work to create a network to engage the UK community of refugee law scholars and practitioners, stimulate collaboration between academics and non-academics, and achieve policy impact at the national and international level.

In addition to high-impact research and policy projects - for which funding has already been secured – the Refugee Law Initiative will run seminars, lectures and research training on the protection of refugees and internally displaced persons.

Alongside a major long-term collaborative research project in this field, confirmed research and policy projects for the coming academic year include:

• ‘International Refugee Law’ seminar series (October 2011 onwards)

• 'Refugee Integration’ seminar series (October 2011 – March 2012)

• ‘Law, Refugees and Displaced Persons’ research training (February – April 2012)

• ‘High level Workshop for Commonwealth Officials on Refugee/IDP Law and Policy’ (February 2012)

The Director of the RLI, Dr David Cantor, said: “The 2010-2011 International Refugee Law seminar series which we organised in collaboration with the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and UNHCR attracted wide participation from universities, government departments, international agencies, legal practitioners, nongovernmental organizations, and diplomatic representatives. We want to build on this successful experience to further strengthen and engage the UK community of refugee law scholars and practitioners in collaborative projects”.

For further information please contact the RLI Director (Dr David Cantor) or Research Coordinator (Ms Margherita Blandini) at RLI@sas.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 7862 8871/8570.

Notes for Editors:

1.For further information please contact the RLI Director (Dr David Cantor) or Research Coordinator (Ms Margherita Blandini) at RLI@sas.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 7862 8871/8570.
2.The School of Advanced Study at the University of London is the UK’s national centre for the facilitation and promotion of research in the humanities and social sciences. The School brings together the specialised scholarship and resources of ten prestigious research institutes to offer academic opportunities, facilities and stimulation across a wide range of subject areas for the benefit of the national and international scholarly community. The member institutes of the School are the Institutes of Advanced Legal Studies, Classical Studies, Commonwealth Studies, English Studies, Germanic & Romance Studies, Historical Research, Musical Research, Philosophy, Study of the Americas, and the Warburg Institute. www.sas.ac.uk
3.The Human Rights Consortium, founded in 2009, brings together the multidisciplinary expertise in human rights found in several institutes of the School of Advanced Study, as well as collaborating with individuals and organisations with an interest in the subject. The main aim of the Consortium is to facilitate, promote and disseminate academic and policy work on human rights by holding conferences and seminars, hosting visiting fellows, coordinating the publication of high quality work in the field, and establishing a network of human rights researchers, policy-makers and practitioners across the UK and internationally, with a view to collaborating on a range of activities.
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