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On Sunday 11 June, at its 168th commencement, Lawrence University in Wisconsin will honour Gil Loescher, Visiting Professor at the Refugee Studies Centre. Professor Loescher will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree during commencement ceremonies. He will also deliver the principal commencement address.

Loescher is a long-established expert on international refugee policy. For over 25 years, he was Professor of International Relations at the University of Notre Dame in the United States and was a visiting fellow at Princeton University, LSE, Oxford and the Department of Humanitarian Affairs at the US State Department in Washington DC.

In recent years he has been Senior Research Fellow, Centre for International Studies, University of Oxford, Senior Fellow for Forced Migration and International Security at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, and a senior researcher at the European Council on Refugees and Exiles.

He has served as a consultant to numerous governments, international organisations, non-governmental organisations, foundations and research institutes. Gil has been the recipient of numerous research, writing and teaching grants from the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Twentieth Century Fund, the US Institute for Peace, the MacArthur Foundation, the Fulbright programme, the British Academy, the Nuffield Foundation, the British Council and other foundations.

This will be Loescher’s second honorary degree. He received an honorary doctorate of law in 2006 from the University of Notre Dame.

We offer our congratulations to Gil for this well-deserved award.

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