Call for papers: “Africa and Migration Flows: from Repression to Circular Migration – Legal and Socio-Political Implications of a Paradigm Shift”

On the occasion of the re-launch of its “Focus – Africa“, the online law journal has issued a call for papers entitled “Africa and Migration Flows: from Repression to Circular Migration – Legal and Socio-Political Implications of a Paradigm Shift“.

The African demographic explosion is apparent from the most recent data. Today, one sixth of the world population lives in Africa, and already in 2050 one fourth of the nine billion people will be African – to become more than a third of the world population at the end of the 21st century. These long-term and structural features cannot be dealt with through a purely emergency approach, nor on the grounds of the traditional repressive/regressive model focused on building walls or a “fortress Europe” surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea. Rather, it is crucial to build an international governance of migration flows based on shared values, new policies and innovative tools. This approach not only serves Africa’s interests, fostering human development, but also that of the European Union and its Member States.

The call for papers welcomes scholars interested in these issues to contribute with analyses, critiques and proposal to tackle the challenges of what is shaping up to be “the African century” from several points of view. In this context, enquiries on the role of law in the regulation of African migration flows with a special – but not exclusive – reference to the promotion of circular migration are particularly encouraged. welcomes contributions on legal, socio-economic, historical and political matters. Papers may be sent in Italian, English, French or Spanish. Abstracts specifying the chosen topic (maximum 800 words) must be submitted by 15 March 2017 to the e-mail address

More information on this call for proposals can be found here.

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New publications on EU relocation mechanism (by Prof. Peter Hilpold)

Professor Peter Hilpold (University of Innsbruck), our IG member, has recently published two topical papers on the international, EU and domestic law implications of the EU relocation quotas as instruments of burden-sharing in the asylum context. According to the author, such a system would violate international and EU law, but on the other hand the respective discussion has triggered a necessary debate about a reform of the international refugee system involving some form of a fairer burden-sharing.

The publications are available here (in German – published in 14 Migralex 3/2016, pp. 58-66) and here (in English).

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New Book: The Human Rights of Migrant Women in International and European Law (Eleven International Publishing, 2016)

Our IG member, Fulvia Staiano has recently published a book titled “The Human Rights of Migrant Women in International and European Law” (Eleven International Publishing, 2016, 118 p.) in which she shows the existence of a gender bias in European norms regulating migrant women’s family life and employment. Her monograph further analyses the potential of European human rights and fundamental rights law to expose and correct this bias. For this purpose, the book focuses on the case law of the ECtHR, the CJEU, as well as the domestic jurisdictions of Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, in search of effective judicial interpretations to ensure migrant women’s enjoyment of their rights and entitlements in conditions of equality and non-discrimination..

For more information about the monograph, see this  web link.

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New book captures regional developments, tools and techniques on “Solving Statelessness”

As the UNHCR #IBelong Campaign enters its third year, it has become evident that making meaningful progress towards the goal of ending statelessness demands a more ambitious approach to the whole statelessness debate. While research projects, mapping studies and doctrinal discussions have helped to clarify the challenges faced and our understanding of what is at stake, it is time to move beyond stocktaking to inspire solutions. “Solving Statelessness”, a new book co-edited by Laura van Waas (Co-Director of the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion) and Melanie Khanna (UNHCR’s Chief of Statelessness Section), seeks to do just that. Twenty-five experts from academia, civil society and UNHCR have collaborated to produce fourteen essays which all approach statelessness from a solutions perspective.

Statelessness was long seen as a niche, technical problem and those working in this field often described their experience as a rather lonely one. This is no longer the case today. Interest in statelessness has been steadily increasing since the late 1990s – within academia, among governments, at the UN and among civil society organisations. With a fresh sense of purpose in addressing the issue, there is now a growing international movement engaged in finding solutions – spurred on by the UNHCR-led #IBelong Campaign to End Statelessness by 2024. As Volker Türk, UNHCR’s Director of International Protection, outlines in his introduction to this ground-breaking publication: “The global debates have moved beyond the need to explain the problem and its causes and consequences. The time has come to accelerate the momentum to implement durable solutions effectively.”

The essays which have been collected in this book, published by Wolf Legal Publishers, look at what is being done, and what more can be done, to address the issue of statelessness. Eight essays adopt a thematic focus, exploring perspectives, tools and techniques for solving statelessness which are relevant across different countries and regions. These include chapters on addressing statelessness through the right to equality, the Sustainable Development Goals and through the UN human rights mechanisms. The remaining six essays in the book have a regional focus, exploring region-specific challenges, developments and innovations set against the backdrop of the broader context of a global campaign to solve statelessness. These include reflections on the “new norms and new commitments” relating to the right to nationality in Africa, the avoidance of statelessness among children displaced by armed conflict in the Middle East and North Africa (see full table of contents below).

Themselves inspired by the generosity with which the authors have shared their time and expertise in collaborating on this publication, co-editors van Waas and Khanna feel that “a sense of optimism fuels the statelessness agenda today”. As they explain in the book’s preface, “after fighting hard to bring the issue out of the shadows, the small but growing community of people who have taken up the cause have found courage in the momentum achieved – both with respect to putting statelessness on the map and making real progress to resolve situations in a number of countries”.

But there is also a long way to go, which is why such knowledge-sharing efforts are so important. With contributions from both scholars and practitioners, the book is likely to be of interest to anyone engaged in studying or implementing solutions for statelessness, including researchers, government policy-makers, staff of international or regional inter-governmental bodies and UN agencies, grass-roots and international civil society organisations, legal practitioners and advanced-level students. The book has been described by Irene Khan, Director-General of the International Development Law Organisation, as “essential reading for the human rights advocate or development practitioner who is committed to reaching and protecting the most marginalised in society. It amply demonstrates that unless the problem of statelessness is solved, the obligations of human rights, the aspirations of development and the rule of law will never be fully realised. Importantly, it also shows how statelessness can be solved, and so is of great practical and theoretical importance”.

Solving Statelessness can be ordered online from Wolf Legal Publishers here.

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Vacancy/internship at ECRE: legal assistant

The European Council on Refugees and Exiles in Brussels is recruiting someone (11 months) to assist ECRE’s Legal Support and Litigation Team with legal research on specific topics relating to international protection, contributing to the EDAL database and activities by the ELENA network. Applications should be submitted before 11 December 2016.

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International Refugee Law Student Writing Competition

The American Society of International Law’s International Refugee Law Interest Group (IRLIG) announced its third annual International Refugee Law Student Writing Competition, co-sponsored by the Global Migration Centre at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva; the International Law Students Association (ILSA); the International Journal of Refugee Law; and the American Society of International Law (ASIL).

Papers may address any topic related to international law and refugees, internally-displaced persons (IDPs), and forced migrants. Papers must be written solely by the candidate, in English, and may not have been submitted for publication elsewhere.

The deadline for submissions is 21 November 2016, 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time.

For more information about the competition, click here.

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Vacancy: research position (University of Graz)

The Institute of International Law and International Relations and the European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy at the University of Graz are looking to fill a Research Position (pre-doc) for a period of 30 months. The research project looks at how transnational governance of irregular migration impacts citizenship. More info regarding the job description, qualifications, etc. can be found here: fwf-project-position-graz-migration-studies . The application deadline is 15 November 2016.

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New Book: Nationality and Statelessness in the International Law of Refugee Status

A new book, written by our IG member Eric Fripp, has been recently published, which is entitled Nationality and Statelessness in the International Law of Refugee Status (Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2016).

The book focuses upon analysis of the international law regarding nationality and statelessness (now including applicable parts of international human rights and non-discrimination law) as this affects the law of entitlement to refugee status.

For more information about this comprehensive monograph, consult this web link.

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New Book: The Political Economy of International Law – A European Perspective

A new collected volume has recently been published, edited by Alberta Fabbricotti, a member of our Interest Group, which is entitled “The Political Economy of International Law – A European Perspective” (Edward Elgar, London, 2016). Chapter 17 of the book, written by Interest Group members Daniela Vitiello and Marion Panizzon concerns “Political Economy and International Migration Law“.

“The book provides a much-needed systematic and coherent review of the interactions between Political Economy and International Law. The book reflects the need felt by international lawyers to open their traditional frontiers to insights from other disciplines – and political economy in particular. The methodological approach of the book is to take the traditional list of topics for a general treatise of international law, and to systematically incorporate insights from political economy to each.”

For more information about this highly topical book, consult this web link, or the e-book version of it.

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International Conference (special section): External and Internal Displacement – Impacts and Lessons Learned from Resettlement Processes

The Regional Studies Association, an international institution based in England, is organizing a special session entitled “External and Internal Displacement: Impacts and Lessons Learned from Resettlement Processes” in the conference: “New Pressures on Cities and Regions” to be held in London, UK on 24- 25 November 2016.

This session aims to provide a review of the resettlement processes and programs on the mass displacement of people throughout the contemporary era. Worldwide, this review can give a solid ground for further innovations for this kind of crises in terms of a better life for all; the hosted and comer. The primary focus is on both displaced people whether they are internally displaced persons (IDPs) or externally displaced persons (refugees) and their impacts on the host territory of displacement. The internally displaced persons, on one hand, have not crossed an international boundary, but have, for whatever reason, fled their homes, causing internal demographic flows. On the other hand, different nations witnessed (and are witnessing) several flows of refugees. Both types of flows have their impacts on the host communities that they end up settling, affecting, for example, their socio-economic aspects, their built environment and reshaping of Human settlements, to mention a few.

The link for more information and the call for abstracts on this special session can be found here.

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