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Refugee Law Initiative; University of London

The inaugural Annual Conference of the Refugee Law Initiative (RLI) will take place from Wednesday 29 June to Friday 1 July 2016 in the elegant setting of the Senate House of the University of London. The chosen theme for this 1st RLI Annual Conference is ‘The Future of Refugee Law?’. Recent years have seen refugee law doctrine moving in innovative new directions, as the discipline reflects deeply on its relationship to the wider field of international law. At the same time, refugee protection faces renewed challenges on the ground in a number of regions, not least in the refugee and displacement-related consequences of humanitarian crises such as Syria. The fifth anniversary of the RLI presents us with a timely opportunity to proactively consider the future of refugee law.

The conference provides a dedicated annual forum in the United Kingdom for bringing together decision-makers and practitioners, policy-makers and influencers, academics and students to share and debate the latest research and cutting-edge developments in refugee law.

This year’s chosen theme - ‘The Future of Refugee Law?’ - reflects increasing debate about the direction of refugee protection. Two panel slots will be devoted to specifically addressing this theme, alongside presentations from invited keynote speakers and a final plenary discussion on the topic.
Proposals for these ‘thematic’ panels should ONLY speak directly to the chosen theme for this year. Possible topics for paper or panel submissions include the following:

  • Potential in the refugee field for burden-sharing and international co-operation - Relationship of refugee law to other fields of international law, e.g. IHRL, IHL, ICL, Law of the Sea
  • Tensions and connections between universal and regional refugee law
  • Scope of refugee protection, esp. for those fleeing war, criminal violence, disasters, climate etc.
  • Refugee law and the new migration politics of security, externalised borders etc.

Note that these are pointers and we welcome proposals on any aspect of the future of refugee law.
The remainder of the panel slots will be open to ANY topic on the law, policy and practice relating to refugees, IDPs, stateless persons and forced migrants. They offer a platform for a broader range of high-quality research in this field. Proposals to these panels can be for law, policy or practice at the international level, in the UK and Europe, or in any other country or region.

During the evening reception on the first day, there will also be a poster presentation session. This is a space that newer researchers, taught students, etc. may find more suitable for presenting initial research in the form of poster presentations.
We also invite proposals for poster presentations during the evening reception on the first day. High-quality proposals not accepted for the panel sessions may be offered a place on the poster session. Please indicate in the subject line and body of your email if you are proposing a poster for this session.

Please send all proposals – whether for a paper (up to 300 words) or panel (up to four papers, 1400 words) to: . The deadline for submission is 30 January 2016. A decision will be returned by 15 February 2016. The decision of the selection committee is final. Proposals are welcomed from researchers at all stages in their careers.

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