We hope you can join us for the next two presentations on the Refugee Law Initiative's 8th International Refugee Law Seminar Series, 'Refugee Law in the New World Disorder'.
All seminars are free and open to the public. For more information and for tickets, please visit rli.sas.ac.uk/events.
Authority and Affect in Immigration Detention: A Critical Account
Mary Bosworth, Director of Centre of Criminology and Border Criminologies (University of Oxford)
20 February 2018, 6.00pm | Council Chamber, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Drawing on a long-term research project across a number of British Immigration Removal Centres (IRCs), this presentation considers the relationship between authority and affect. In contrast to much of the literature on the prison, which advances a liberal political account in which power is constantly negotiated and based on mutual recognition, in detention, staff authority rests on an abrogation of their self rather than engagement with the other. Officers turn away (deny) and switch off (emotionally withdraw) from those before them in order to do their job. In so doing, they construct a distinct form of power and authority, in which arguments over legitimacy have no currency. Under such circumstances, troubling questions arise over the limits of the power of the state, and how we might call it to account.
Protecting Syrian Refugees: Laws, Policies and Global Responsibility-Sharing
Susan Akram, Professor of Law (Boston University)
8 March 2018, 6.00pm | Council Chamber, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
The seminar will cover the research and report completed by the Boston University International Human Rights Law clinic on the Laws and Policies affecting the refugees from Syria in four main host states: Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. The report maps out an aspect of the crisis that has received insufficient attention: that is, the interplay of laws and policies at the international, regional and domestic level affecting the rights and status of the refugees out of Syria in the neighboring host states. The seminar will cover how these laws and policies are affecting protection of refugees from Syria in four neighboring states, and the main protection gaps between existing legal obligations and implementation on the ground. The research links those findings to international obligations of responsibility-sharing and assesses key mechanisms that require third states outside the region to offer refugee and humanitarian status to the refugees in their territories.
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