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Mention the Americas region to students of refugee law or forced migration studies and the conversation usually jumps straight to the 1984 Cartagena Declaration on Refugees. Yet – out of the limelight – an important new framework for the legal protection of forced migrants is under construction by the progressive jurisprudence of the Inter-American human rights institutions. The present seminar seeks to elucidate the main contours of this important but little-known development and their wider implications.

Refreshments will be provided after the event.

About the speaker

Dr David James Cantor is the Director of the Refugee Law Initiative and a Reader in International Human Rights Law at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. He has worked as a Legal Officer for the Refugee Legal Centre and also for UNHCR.

Please note: the original seminar scheduled for 19 February 2014, 'Global human rights, regionalism and national retreat? Does international refugee law have a future?' by Professor Colin Harvey, has been cancelled.


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