Refuge from Inhumanity: Enriching Refugee Protection Standards through Recourse to International Humanitarian Law
Monday, 11 February 2013 to Tuesday, 12 February 2013
All Souls College, Oxford OX1 4AL
About the conference
This expert conference breaks new ground by exploring the role of international humanitarian law (IHL) in the protection of refugees and asylum-seekers. A high-level event, it brings together exciting new contributions from more than twenty leading specialists in the fields of IHL and refugee law - including experts from the ICRC and UNHCR - to take stock of recent developments in law and practice, and to cultivate new approaches to the topic.
The seven thematic panels of the conference move beyond traditional approaches to IHL and refugee law by assessing the prospects for substantive legal interaction between the two fields. The first day of the conference will explore the extent to which IHL (and international criminal law) may provide interpretative guidance in the asylum context. The second day will be devoted to examining the potential of IHL for preventing refoulement to situations of armed conflict.
This conference will be of direct interest to everyone working in the refugee and humanitarian fields, including lawyers, judges, practitioners and scholars in the areas of IHL, refugee, human rights and EU law, as well as humanitarian workers and academics, military and civilian authorities, policy researchers and students. Substantial opportunities are provided for participants to join in debating and forging new approaches to the themes canvassed by this unique gathering.
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|09.50–10.00||Welcome by Jean-François Durieux (Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford)|
Session I - Interpretation of definitions
This session explores how IHL may inform the interpretation of the ‘refugee’ concept in universal and regional instruments, as well as ‘person eligible for subsidiary protection’ in European law.
Panel I: Theoretical Perspectives
Panel II: Laws of War and the 1951 Convention ‘Refugee’ Definition
Panel III: Regional Approaches to Refugee Protection and IHL
Panel IV: Subsidiary Protection in EU Law
|09.00–09.15||Welcome by Dr David Cantor (Refugee Law Initiative, University of London)|
Session I - Interpretation of definitions (continued)
Panel V: The Protection of Refugees as Civilians
Session II - Protection obligations of States
This session explores the non-refoulement potential of IHL principles and rules, notably those considered part of international customary law, ie the extent to which IHL entails a prohibition to return aliens to territories at war in which their lives, physical integrity or personal security would be at risk.
Panel VI: The IHL Framework on Non-refoulement
Panel VII: Perspectives on Protection against Refoulement under IHL
|15.15–16.30||Final plenary discussion|
|16.30–16.45||Convenors’ closing thanks|