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Examining legal responses to forced migration

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Emma with Dr Věra Honusková and students from Věra’s ‘Asylum and Refugee Law Clinic’ at Charles University, Prague.

 Emma Larking was a guest speaker at a conference on ‘Legal Responses to Forced Mass Migration: Regional Approaches and Perspectives’ in Olomouc, the Czech Republic, last month.

A focus at the conference on forced migration within Africa provided a fascinating and useful corrective to characterisations of refugee flows into Europe as a crisis. It also challenged the idea – widespread in Europe – that the continent is the primary destination for all people forced into exile in Africa or the Middle East.

The conference was co-organised by Martin Faix from the Palacký University Faculty of Law, Olomouc and Hennie Strydom, the South African Chair in International Law at the University of Johannesburg, with the support of the Czech International Law Association and Věra Honusková, who is based at Charles University in Prague and a member of the EU’s Odysseus Network of academics.

Conference presenters outside the Faculty of Law at Palacký University, Olomouc - from left to right:  Gus Waschefort, Swikani Ncube, Cristiano d’Orsi, Lee Stone, Hennie Strydom, and Elizabeth A. Dennis.

Conference presenters outside the Faculty of Law at Palacký University, Olomouc – from left to right: Gus Waschefort, Swikani Ncube, Cristiano d’Orsi, Lee Stone, Hennie Strydom, and Elizabeth A. Dennis.

Other invited speakers included the EU’s Commissioner for Justice, Consumer and Gender Equality, Věra Jurová, Judge of the Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic, Katerina Simácková, and Petr Kostohryz, from the Norweigen Refugee Council, as well as a group of academics from South Africa.

Launch of proposals for strengthening the rule of law through the UN Security Council

A collection of proposals for Strengthening the Rule of Law through the United Nations Security Council was launched this month by Penny Wensley, former Australian Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York. Dr Alan Ryan, Executive Director of the Australian Civil-Military Centre also spoke at the launch, at ANU’s Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs.

Alan Ryan, Hilary Charlesworth, Penny Wensley, and Jeremy Farrall at the launch

Alan Ryan, Hilary Charlesworth, Penny Wensley, and Jeremy Farrall at the launch

Written by Jeremy Farrall and Hilary Charlesworth, the proposals were presented to the Security Council in New York earlier this year.

Jeremy and Hilary have also edited a book with the same title. Among the contributors are many RegNet and CIGJ fellows and friends, including Martin Krygier, Veronica L. Taylor, Annemarie Devereux, Laura Grenfell and Marie-Eve Loiselle.

Registrations now open for the 7th Annual Human Rights Tertiary Teachers Workshop

Image by Steven Parkinson on Flickr under the CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license.

Image by Steven Parkinson on Flickr under the CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license.

The Annual Tertiary Teachers Workshop is always a wonderful and inspiring event. You can read about previous workshops here and here.

Next year’s Workshop is scheduled for 14th February, and will be hosted in Melbourne by Monash University’s Castan Centre for Human Rights Law.

CIGJ Director, Hilary Charlesworth, is a member of the organising committee, along with Joanna Kyriakakis, Sarah Joseph and Melissa Castan from the Castan Centre, Andrew Byrnes from UNSW, and John Tobin from the University of Melbourne.

Proposals to present

The organising committee is seeking presentation proposals from colleagues working on human rights in any discipline.

It is especially keen to receive proposals that focus on innovative approaches to teaching human rights, including the use of social media, experiential learning, simulations, flipped classrooms, and creative forms of assessment.

It is also interested in proposals that discuss teaching these topics: the history of human rights; international institutions; climate change and human rights; and business and human rights.

Please send expressions of interest to joanna.kyriakakis@monash.edu by Monday 12 December 2016.

Register to attend

Date: Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm

Venue: Monash University Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Registration: Via email to castan.centre@monash.edu (please note any dietary or other requirements)

Other members of the CIGJ have also been busy

Christoph Sperfeldt gave a paper at a conference on the humanitarian concept of a responsibility to protect (or ‘R2P’) held at ANU on the 28th of October. Christoph’s paper was titled, ‘Atrocity Prevention from Concept to Implementation: A View from Development Cooperation’.

Miranda Forsyth with participants in the Attorney-General’s Department Public Policy Twinning Program.

Miranda Forsyth with participants in the Attorney-General’s Department Public Policy Twinning Program.

Miranda Forsyth gave a seminar on ‘the sources of law’ as part of a ‘Public Policy Twinning Program’ hosted by the federal Attorney-General’s Department. Under the program, public service employees working on legal policy development in Pacific Island states spend two months visiting the Department. Read more about the program in this RegNet news & events post.

Michelle Burgis-Kasthala had an article published in the Journal of International Criminal Justice: ‘Scholarship as Dialogue? TWAIL and the Politics of Methodology’. Look out for a forthcoming Regarding Rights post drawing on this article.

Cynthia Banham gave a presentation to the ‘Emerging Scholars Network Annual Workshop’ at the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW on ‘The Voice and International Human Rights: Offshore Detention After 9.11’

Lia Kent was invited to participate on a panel discussing ‘Understandings of Justice’ – part of a symposium at the University of Melbourne organised by the Global Network on Justice.Conflict.Responsibility: ‘Conflict through Justice, Justice through Conflict’.

With Joanne Wallis from the Strategic and Defence Studies centre at ANU, Lia also hosted a workshop on transitional justice and civil society in Asia and the Pacific. More on Lia’s workshop in a forthcoming ‘news & events’ post.

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