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This is the first event in the Recognising Refugees Online Series hosted by the RefMig project at the Centre for Fundamental Rights, Hertie School in cooperation with the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford and the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, University of New South Wales.

Who is a refugee and entitled to international protection? This questions lies at the core of the refugee recognition regime, which involves, depending on the state and region, various state and non-state actors. The institutional composition of refugee recognition regimes greatly impacts refugees’ access to recognition procedures, refugee status and subsequent rights. The speakers of this online event shed light on these dynamics: What difference does it make whether the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) or states conduct refugee recognition procedures? How does recognition differ across diverse jurisdictions with different review mechanisms in place? And how can refugee-led committees contribute to meaningful refugee participation in refugee recognition and governance systems?


Mitali Agrawal (Centre for Fundamental Rights, Hertie School): UNHCR or States: Do Asylum Outcomes Differ Depending on who is in-charge of Refugee Status Determination?

Keyvan Dorostkar and Dr Daniel Ghezelbash (University of New South Wales): Comparing Outcome Variation in Refugee Status Determination.

Professor Maja Janmyr (University of Oslo): Refugee Participation through Representative Committees: UNHCR and the Sudanese Committee in Beirut.

Chair: Professor Cathryn Costello (Hertie School).

This event is the first in the Recognising Refugees Online Series organised by the RefMig project at the Centre for Fundamental Rights in cooperation with the Refugee Studies Centre (University of Oxford) and the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law (University of New South Wales). It is part of a series of events to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Refugee Studies Centre (RSC). The event will showcase scholarship on Refugee Status Determination and other refugee recognition practices globally. Scholars would present cutting-edge scholarship from diverse disciplines and methodological traditions. It aims to foster dialogue between researchers, practitioners and the interested public.

Prior registration is required to attend this event.




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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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