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Regional Chapter Conference November 2015

The tremendous unprecedented increase in people in need of protection worldwide has created new strains and stresses on asylum systems and those charged with adjudicating their claims for refugee protection. In these circumstances, concerns have arisen about transnational threats, including, terrorism and crimes such as human trafficking, and how these broader forced migration trends have further challenged the advancement of refugee law and asylum systems. At the same time, many States have shown remarkable commitment and sought out opportunities to develop laws and policies in line with international legal standards for the protection of refugees, including, Morocco in North Africa. 

Against this background, the Africa Chapter of the International Association of Refugee Law Judges (IARLJ) is organizing its Regional Conference that will seek to examine the contemporary challenges that are confronting refugee law at the international, regional, and domestic levels. This IARLJ Africa Regional Chapter Conference will be held in Marrakesh, Morocco, November 25th to 27th, with a Pre-Conference Professional Development session from the 23rd to 24th of November. The focus of this year's Regional Conference will be on how emergent and established asylum systems are addressing these contemporary challenges in refugee law and practice and, more specifically, how a number of emergent asylum systems throughout Africa are applying international legal standards, through legislative measures, to adopt new refugee status determination systems.

he conference is hosted by the Morocan Government, organized by the International Association of Refugee Law Judges (IARLJ)’s African Chapter, in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice of Morocco and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). At this year’s conference, judges from all over Africa, and from other regions, will meet from 25 until 27 November 2015 in order to discuss legal challenges in “Addressing Forced Displacement within the African Continent through Progressive Legislative Developments and the Critical Role of the Judiciary”, the title of this year’s conference. The conference will be preceded by a 2-day pre-conference training on 23 and 24 November 2015.

The conference has been made possible thanks to the generous contribution of the GIZ – the German development cooperation - and the support of the Embassy of France. The full program of both events will be circulated very shortly and for convenience reference the topics are set out as per pdfpre-conference training and pdfconference topics
At the conclusion of the two-day training program, Certificates of Attendance will be given to participants.
The Conference is to end on Friday Afternoon at 12:30 when Certificates of Attendance will be handed to all participants.
By courtesy of the Ministry of Justice, a guided tour of the City is arranged for all participants including spouses.

Available in different languages
- practical guide in pdfEnglish / pdfFrancais / pdfArabic
- membership form in xlsArabic / xlsFrancais


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