San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The International Refugee Law seminar series at the Refugee Law Initiative provides a public space for discussion, promotion and dissemination of research between academics, practitioners, students and others with an interest in the refugee and forced migration field. This 7th annual seminar series addresses the theme of: ‘Protection in the context of large-scale movements of refugees and migrants’.
On 19 September 2016, and following a year of intense inter-State negotiations, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants. Its text addresses large-scale movements of refugees and migrants and sets out certain statements of principle concerning the appropriate humanitarian response. At the same time, it also launches a process of intergovernmental negotiations leading to the adoption in 2018 of a Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular migration, alongside a separate Global Compact on refugees.
What is a ‘Global Compact’? How can this compact on migration promote safe, orderly and regular migration in the context of large-scale movements of refugees and migrants? What principles might such an instrument ultimately express, especially in the absence of a global treaty on migration? What is the process for its adoption? How does it relate to refugee protection and the compact on refugees? This seminar provides a unique opportunity to engage with such acutely topical questions from the standpoint of a leading practitioner who was closely involved in the process leading to the adoption of the New York Declaration.
Michele Klein Solomon is presently the Senior Policy Adviser to the Director General of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). Within IOM, she was formerly the Director of the Secretariat of the Migrants in Countries in Crisis (MICIC) initiative, Permanent Observer of IOM to the United Nations, and Director of the Migration Policy and Research Department of IOM. Prior to joining IOM in 2000, Ms. Klein Solomon served as an Attorney Adviser with the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Legal Adviser and served for five years as the Department's principal refugee and migration lawyer. Ms. Klein Solomon has published on a range of migration-related issues, including migration and asylum; migration and trade; migration and development; and migration, environmental degradation and climate change.
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Refugee Law Initiative
The Refugee Law Initiative is the only academic centre in the UK to concentrate specifically on international refugee law. As a national focal point for leading and promoting research in this field, the Refugee Law Initiative (RLI) works to integrate the shared interests of refugee law scholars and practitioners, stimulate collaboration between academics and non-academics, and achieve policy impact at the national and international level.