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Re-Interpreting the Refugee Definition: Global Displacement in 2016

Date - Wednesday, 8th June 2016 (All Day)


Date: Wednesday, 08 June 2016

Location: Moot Court, School of Law, University of Sheffield

Download the programme of the workshop here: MRG-Refugee-Workshop_programme

There are over 33 million refugees in the world today and the reasons for which they have fled their country have never been more wide-ranging. However, the response of the international community to this growth in refugee numbers has been to interpret the refugee definition more strictly – thus limiting the category of persons in receipt of international protection.

In this early-career workshop, participants will share their expertise on their various research topics, while focusing on two central questions. First, how far can states limit their obligations under the 1951 Refugee Convention? Second, how can we overcome such limited interpretations in favour of an approach more favourable to refugee protection? The intimate nature of the workshop will provide an opportunity for early career researchers to showcase their research, gain feedback from their peers and the wider academic community, develop networks, and identify opportunities for future collaboration.  Six early-career researchers will be invited to submit a paper in advance, present at the event, and will receive feedback from other participants and more established scholars.

Chairs:  Dr Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen (Danish Institute of Human Rights),
Dr David Cantor (School of Advanced Studies, University of London)

Early-career presenters:
Thekli Anastasiou (University of Sheffield)
– Stephanie Motz (University of Lucerne)
– Dr Sarah Singer (School of Advanced Studies, University of London)
– Dr Ruvi Ziegler (University of Reading)
– Dr Jean-Pierre Gauci (British Institute for International and Comparative Law)
– Nikloas Tan (University of Copenhagen)
Muireann Meehen-Speed (University of Oxford) .

For more information, please contact the organiser Dr Brid A Ni Ghrainne  at b.a.nighrainne@sheffield.ac.uk.

Registration is free, but spaces are limited. Please register here.