Call for papers: RLI/RSC Conference on “Refuge from Inhumanity”

(Apologies for cross-posting.)

Dear Colleagues,

We write to bring you news of the forthcoming conference on ‘Refuge from Inhumanity: Enriching refugee protection standards through recourse to international humanitarian law’.

Jointly organised by the Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford University, and the Refugee Law Initiative, University of London, the conference will take place at All Souls College, Oxford, in mid-February 2013. The objective is to bring together leading experts in the fields of international humanitarian law (IHL) and refugee law to reflect on the interaction between these two branches of law. Scheduled presenters include: Vincent Chetail – Geneva; Geoff Gilbert – Essex; Guy Goodwin-Gill – Oxford; Francoise Hampson – Essex; Kate Jastram – Berkeley; Helene Lambert – Westminster; Jennifer Moore – New Mexico; Hugo Storey – UK Upper Tribunal; and Michel Veuthey – San Remo, in addition to legal specialists from ICRC and UNHCR.

The broad topics to be addressed by the conference are detailed in the attached draft program. Towards this end, we are keen to receive additional contributions, particularly on the following topics: the meaning of ‘persecution’; expanded refugee definitions; inclusion of combatants and child soldiers; obligations of neutral States; and the non-refoulement potential of IHL.

The exact dates of the 1 ½ day conference will be announced shortly. In terms of further timescale, presenters will be asked to submit a draft paper of 5 000-8 000 words by 31 December 2012 to enable paper-sharing in advance among the participants. After the event, revised papers will be submitted to Martinus Nijhoff for publication in an edited collection.

On the logistics, presenters will be offered local accommodation, as well as a contribution towards return economy travel expenses of up to £50 (UK), £150 (Europe), £500 (World). Nonetheless, if any presenters are able to secure additional funding for their attendance from other sources, that would be extremely helpful.

If you wish to present a paper, please submit an abstract of up to 300 words for consideration to and by Monday 30 July, 2012.

Alternatively, if you are interested in attending as a non-speaking participant, please email the convenors so that we can register your interest and keep you informed.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,

Jean-Francois Durieux
Departmental Lecturer in International Human Rights and Refugee Law, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford

David James Cantor
Director of the Refugee Law Initiative and Lecturer in International Human Rights Law, School of Advanced Study, University of London


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