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Panel discussion: Managing Humanitarian Protection

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START DATE 3 June 2015
START TIME 03:00pm

Hendon Town Hall, The Burroughs, London NW4 4AX

END DATE 3 June 2015
END TIME 05:00pm

Managing Humanitarian Protection: Refugee Resettlement and Other Global Solutions

The numerous flows of 'boat people' crossing the Mediterranean, Andaman and South China seas in Spring 2015 has thrown into relief the absence of coordinated migration management systems in both the European Union and Asia.

In the case of the European Union, the Dublin system, which established the principle that migrants should be processed in their first country of arrival, is currently under threat, as evidenced by the tremendous burden placed on southern Mediterranean states, in particular Italy, Greece and Malta. The introduction of a new EU Agenda on Migration by the European Commission has raised the prospect of the relocation and resettlement of small numbers of refugees in Europe, but this response in itself is not sufficient to address the flows of vulnerable people from Syria, Eritrea, Sudan and other parts of Africa. In the context of Asia, the challenge of providing humanitarian protection to boat migrants, many of them Rohingya refugees from Burma, is even more acute.  

Resettlement in third countries, including the USA, Canada and the Europe Union, remains one of the key routes to protection but is often unpopular and is complicated by domestic political agendas and pressure on numbers.

This event brings together some of the leading experts on asylum, migration and human rights and will explore the above problems and evaluate potential solutions, including the prospect of new regional and global resettlement programmes.

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The panel:

François Crépeau is Hans and Tamar Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law, at the Faculty of Law of McGill University. He was appointed United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants in 2011. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and was a Fellow of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation. The focus of his current research includes migration control mechanisms, the rights of foreigners, the interface between security and migration, and the interface between the Rule of Law and globalisation.

Martin Baldwin‐Edwards co‐founded the Mediterranean Migration Observatory and is a Research Associate of the International Centre for Migration Policy Development and Research Fellow at Middlesex University. He has served as an advisor for the United Nations Development Programme, the International Organization for Migration, the Global Commission on International Migration, the Migration Policy Institute, the UN Economic Commission for Europe and the governments of Greece, Spain and Italy.

Alexander Betts is Director of the Refugee Studies Centre and Leopold Muller Associate Professor in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, at the University of Oxford. His research is on the international politics of refugees and humanitarianism, with a geographical focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Brad Blitz received his PhD from Stanford University and is currently Deputy Dean and Professor of International Politics at Middlesex University London. He was formerly Professor of Human and Political Geography and Director of Graduate Research Programmes at Kingston University, London. A former Jean Monnet Chair at Oxford Brookes University and Research Associate in the Department of International Development, University of Oxford, he is widely regarded as a leading expert on refugees and stateless persons, migration, development and human rights. He has acted as an advisor and consultant to UNDP, UNICEF, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the World Bank, OSCE, Council of Europe, DFID, as well as several NGOs. He has also advised national governments in the Euro-Med region and has appeared as an expert witness advising UK and Australian courts, on asylum and human rights on over 20 occasions. 

Jean-Pierre Gauci holds a PhD in Law from King's College London where his research focused on trafficking-based asylum claims. He also holds a Doctor of Laws (LLD) and a Magister Juris in international law from the University of Malta. Jean-Pierre has extensive experience of research and work on various human rights related issues on both the national and European level, including coordination of research teams. He has consulted to various national and international governmental and non-governmental organisations. Before co-founding PfC Jean-Pierre, he was the national coordinator of Amnesty International Malta. He is international law coordinator at the British Institute for International and Comparative Law and the co-founder of Academics Engage.

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