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’.
The current large and irregular movement of people across international borders has soared to the top of almost every political agenda and every dinner table conversation. These movements are often mixed, young and characterised by violence and exploitation. States and INGOs alike are facing challenges that have led to a critical reflection on the status quo of refugee protection and migration governance globally – culminating in the 19 September General Assembly meeting on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants. UNHCR’s 10 Point Plan of Action on Refugee Protection in Mixed Migration launched in 2006, remains a relevant tool for stakeholders to achieving its aim. UNHCR is faced, however, with the challenge of mainstreaming a modern view of refugee protection across its supervisory and operational functions that require new partnerships, provides complementary solutions to the durable three, and revisits our strategic approach to refugee status determination among others. This presentation will briefly discuss the evolution of UNHCR’s thinking on protection in mixed migration and outline its intended follow up to the 19 September Summit and the New York Declaration on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants.
Sarah Elliott is an Australian trained lawyer and human rights advocate. She has a background in managing refugee law and community outreach programs for legal aid NGOs in Australia and Egypt. After her involvement in the first prosecution case against Sinai traffickers in Cairo in 2013, Sarah took up a role as expert consultant on counter-trafficking to UNHCR Sudan in the beginning of 2014. She successfully implemented a countrywide, holistic strategy to address trafficking and smuggling in partnership with IOM and the Government of Sudan before launching a revised, joined-up approach with UNODC, UNFPA and UNICEF in June 2015. After almost two years of fieldwork at the border between Sudan, Eritrea and Ethiopia, Sarah joined UNHCR’s Department of International Protection in Geneva, where she is contributing to developing UNHCR’s global counter trafficking and smuggling response along with providing policy and legal advice on emerging issues in asylum and migration. Sarah’s academic interests include human rights in foreign policy and contemporary challenges to the refugee regime and UNHCR’s role as a protection agency in mixed migration.
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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.