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Registration is required for this seminar. Please see below.

Part of the RSC Public Seminar Series, Hilary term 2024

Series convened by Dr Catherine Briddick


Convenor: Dr Catherine Briddick

This research-led seminar mini-series provides an opportunity to engage with current events in Israel and Gaza. Our speakers are scholars whose expertise and research illuminates issues relevant to the conflict. With them, we are able to discuss how displacement has shaped the history of Gaza and to explore the relationships between international humanitarian, refugee, and human rights law.

Consonant with the RSC’s commitment to build knowledge and understanding of the causes and effects of forced migration, this series aims to encourage reflection and contribute to debate in academia and in practice.

there is no justification for studying, and attempting to understand, the causes of human suffering if the purpose of one’s study is not, ultimately, to find ways of relieving and preventing that suffering.’ Dr David Turton


Wednesday 31 January, 5pm (Refugee Studies Centre, in person)

Reuven (Ruvi) Ziegler, Associate Professor in International Refugee Law, University of Reading 

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Wednesday 7 February, 5pm (Refugee Studies Centre, in person). Registration required.

Anne Irfan, Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Race, Gender and Postcolonial Studies, UCL (see below)

Bonavero Discussion Group: Implications of the International Court of Justice’s Provisional Measures in Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in the Gaza Strip (South Africa v. Israel)

Tuesday 27 February, 12.30-2pm, Bonavero Institute of Human Rights and online

Speakers: Janina Dill (Dame Louise Richardson Chair in Global Security, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford), Victor Kattan (Assistant Professor in Public International Law, University of Nottingham School of Law), Reuven (Ruvi) Ziegler (Associate Professor in International Refugee Law, University of Reading)

Chair: Cathryn Costello (Full Professor of Global Refugee and Migration Law, Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin)

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Wednesday 13 March, 12 noon UK (via Zoom)  [please note, this is rescheduled from 26 February]

Francesca P Albanese, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967

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About the speaker

Dr Anne Irfan is Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Race, Gender and Postcolonial Studies at UCL. Her work examines colonial legacies in displacement and bordering practices, focusing on Palestinian refugee history and the modern Middle East. A trained historian, she is also interested in questions around post-war internationalism and the UN, archival suppression, and the global refugee regime. Before joining UCL, Anne was Lecturer in Forced Migration at the University of Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre. She is Principal Investigator (PI) on the British Academy-funded project ‘Borders, global governance and the refugee, 1947-51’.

Anne is the author of Refuge and Resistance: Palestinians and the international refugee systemavailable with Columbia University Press. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Refugee Studies, Journal of Palestine Studies, Contemporary Levant, Forced Migration Review and Jerusalem Quarterly. She won the 2020 Alixa Naff Prize in Migration Studies for her article ‘Educating Palestinian refugees: The origins of UNRWA’s unique schooling system’; the 2020 Contemporary Levant Best Paper Award for ‘Petitioning for Palestine: refugee appeals to international authorities’; and the 2017 Ibrahim Dakkak Award for Outstanding Essay on Jerusalem for ‘Is Jerusalem international or Palestinian? Rethinking UNGA Resolution 181.’ 


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The seminar will be followed by drinks in the Hall.

Download the seminar series poster for Hilary term 2024. 

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