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On 6 October, a Colloquium on the “Fundamental Rights of Refugees and the Displaced” will take place at All Souls College, Oxford, followed by a drinks reception and dinner to celebrate the work of Albert Cohen and, in particular, to mark the 70th anniversary of the 1946 Agreement on the Adoption of a Travel Document for Refugees, which was signed in London on 15 October 1946.

Given the numbers of refugees and displaced in the world today, the ongoing crisis reflected in continuing movements towards Europe, and the ever-increasing need for documentation, this event could not be more timely. Among other matters, it will provide an opportunity to look back at how international institutions for the protection of refugees have evolved and at the critical significance of the travel document for refugees in pursuit of solutions.


Mémoire Albert Cohen Fondation                   

Colloquium on the Fundamental Rights of Refugees and the Displaced

Old Library, All Souls College, Oxford

Thursday, 6 October 2016


08.30-09.00     Registration

09.00-09.15     Welcome and Introductions (Old Library)

09.15-09.45     The Work of Albert Cohen – Max Mamou

09.45-11.00     Europe in the Face of Crisis – Dr Paul Flather (Secretary-General, Europaeum)

The European Union, Refugees and Migration: Past Failings and Future Possibilities – Dr Cathryn Costello (Associate Professor of International Human Rights and Refugee Law, Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford)

11.00-11.30     Coffee and tea (Hall)

11.30-13.00     Freedom of Movement and the Protection of Refugees (Old Library)

Identity Certificates, Passports and Travel Documents: A Brief History – Professor Guy S. Goodwin-Gill (All Souls College, Oxford)

Detention and the Criminalisation of Migration – Professor Mary Bosworth (Director, Border Criminologies, Centre for Criminology, Oxford)

13.00-14.30     Lunch (Hall)

14.30-16.00     Ensuring the Basic Rights of the Refugee in the Law (Old Library)

The Economic and Social Rights Challenges – Professor Alexander Betts (Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs; Director, Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford) – [Video presentation]

The Protection/ Solutions False Dichotomy and Accessing Rights – Professor Geoff Gilbert (University of Essex)

16.00-16.30     Coffee and tea (Hall)

16.30-17.30     What Future for Asylum and Refugee Rights?

The Role of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees – Gonzalo Vargas Llosa (Representative, UNHCR Branch Office, London)

The Role of Non-Governmental Organisations – Alison Harvey (Director, Immigration Law Practitioners Association, London)

The Role of the Advocate – Samantha Knights (Matrix Chambers, London)

18.00-18.45     Optional tour of All Souls College

18.45              Pre-Dinner Drinks (Great Quad or Hall)

19.30              Dinner (Hall)


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Wednesday, 20 October 2021, 5.30pm to 6.30pm @ Oxford Department of International Development, Queen Elizabeth House, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TB

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