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On 13th April 2022 the UK Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Republic of Rwanda on what is described as an ‘asylum partnership arrangement’. The agreement seeks to enable the ‘transfer’, or forced removal, of asylum-seekers from the UK to Rwanda to have their claims determined there, in accordance with Rwandan asylum and immigration law. The legal foundation for the UK’s proposed externalization of refugee determination and protection is the Nationality and Borders Act 2022. This legislation also criminalises people simply for seeking asylum, and denies refugees key rights. 

This panel discussion brings together four people whose experience and expertise makes them uniquely placed to analyse these developments, and their consequences for refugee protection. 


Zoe Bantleman (Legal Director, Immigration Law Practitioners' Association) 

Behrouz Boochani (author, journalist and Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales) 

Lawrence Bottinick (Representative ad interim, UNHCR London) 

The Rt Hon. Baroness Shami Chakrabarti CBE (Member of the UK House of Lords) 

Chair: Catherine Briddick (Departmental Lecturer, Refugee Studies Centre)


The video of this panel discussion is available to watch on YouTube.

Annual Elizabeth Colson Lecture

The Annual Elizabeth Colson Lecture is held in Trinity term. It is named after Professor Elizabeth Colson, a renowned anthropologist.

Annual Harrell-Bond Lecture

The Annual Harrell-Bond Lecture is named in honour of Dr Barbara Harrell-Bond, the founding Director of the Refugee Studies Centre. It is held each year in Michaelmas term.

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Each term the RSC holds a series of public seminars, held on Wednesday evenings at Queen Elizabeth House. Click here for details of forthcoming seminars.

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Forthcoming events

A celebration of the life of David Turton

Saturday, 20 July 2024, 2pm to 3pm @ The Crypt Cafe, St Peters Church, Northchurch Terrace, London N1 4DA