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Hosted by Border Criminologies and the Refugee Studies Centre (University of Oxford) with The Dickson Poon School of Law (King’s College London).

This panel is the third and final of a series which examines the Supreme Court’s judgment in R (on the application of AAA and others) v SSHD.

This seminar considers the UK Government’s response to the judgment, in particular the new UK-Rwanda Agreement and the Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill. Our speakers will analyse these developments, placing them within a broader context of post-Brexit politics and international protection. 


Nicola Palmer, Reader in Criminal Law, The Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London.

Catherine Briddick, Andrew W Mellon Associate Professor of International Human Rights and Refugee Law, Refugee Studies Centre.


Wednesday 22 November, 5pm UK via Zoom

Speakers: Professor Cathryn Costello, Raza Husain KC, and Dr Madeline Garlick. Chair: Dr Catherine Briddick

Seminar page.


Wednesday 29 November, 5pm UK via Zoom (this seminar was originally scheduled for 6 December)

Speakers: Professor Michael Collyer, Dr Frank Habineza MP, Dr Felix Ndahinda and Dr Uttara Shahani. Chair: Dr Nicola Palmer

Seminar page.

Panel 3: Enabling Refoulement? The UK-Rwanda Agreement and Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill

Wednesday 24 January, 5pm UK via Zoom

Chair: Dr Alpa Parmar (University of Cambridge)

Speakers: Sile Reynolds (Freedom from Torture), Professor Jonathan Portes (King’s College London), Zoe Bantleman (Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association), Dr Catherine Briddick (Refugee Studies Centre), and Dr Nicola Palmer (King's College London).

Watch the seminar video on Vimeo

Download the seminar series poster for Hilary term 2024.

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.

Annual Elizabeth Colson Lecture

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

Public Seminar Series

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

University of Sanctuary Fair, Part 1: University of Oxford as a University of Sanctuary

Wednesday, 24 April 2024, 2pm to 6pm @ Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre, Worcester College, Walton St, Oxford OX1 2HB

Humanitarian extractivism: the digital transformation past, present, future

Wednesday, 08 May 2024, 5pm to 6pm @ Seminar Room 1, Queen Elizabeth House, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TB

Film screening and discussion: Missing in Brooks County

Wednesday, 15 May 2024, 5pm to 7pm @ Seminar Room 1, Queen Elizabeth House, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TB

Forced Migration on Film: A Conversation with Marc Isaacs | Annual Elizabeth Colson Lecture 2024

Wednesday, 22 May 2024, 5pm to 6.30pm @ Tsuzuki Lecture Theatre, St Anne's College, 56 Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6HS

Book launch: The Politics of Crisis-Making: Forced Displacement and Cultures of Assistance in Lebanon

Wednesday, 29 May 2024, 5pm to 6pm @ Seminar Room 1, Queen Elizabeth House, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TB

Skilled worker visas for refugees – a qualitative evaluation of the UK’s Displaced Talent Mobility Pilot

Wednesday, 05 June 2024, 5pm to 6pm @ Seminar Room 1, Queen Elizabeth House, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TB