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The evros fence UNHCR/Achilleas Zavallis
The Evros fence, built in 2012 by the Greek government in order to deter human trafficking gangs from sending refugees and migrants across the border from Turkey.


This term’s seminar series is convened by Dr Lilian Tsourdi (Departmental Lecturer in International Human Rights and Refugee Law). It focuses on various aspects of refugee law and human rights. Topics covered include the voting rights of refugees, extraterritorial border controls, statelessness, IDPs, the child in international refugee law, and human trafficking and contemporary forms of slavery in European law.

Seminars will be held from 5.00–6.30pm on Wednesdays in Seminar Room 3, Oxford Department of International Development, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TB. No registration is required.

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The full list of seminars is as follows:


17 January

The political predicament and agency of refugees

Dr Ruvi Ziegler, Associate Professor in International Refugee Law, University of Reading


24 January

Open borders in the nineteenth century: constructing the national, the citizen and the foreigner in South America

Dr Diego Acosta, Reader in European and Migration Law, University of Bristol


31 January

Addressing statelessness in Europe and the nexus with forced migration

Chris Nash, Director of the European Network on Statelessness


7 February

Accessing asylum in Europe: extraterritorial border controls meet refugee rights

Dr Violeta Moreno-Lax, Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Law, Queen Mary University of London


14 February

Of rights and borders: human trafficking and contemporary forms of slavery in European law

Dr Vladislava Stoyanova, Ragnar Söderberg Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, Lund University


21 February

The child in international refugee law

Dr Jason Pobjoy, Barrister, Blackstone Chambers


28 February

The IDP in international law: debates, developments and prospects

Dr David James Cantor, Director of the Refugee Law Initiative


7 March

No country of asylum: ‘legitimizing’ Lebanon’s rejection of the 1951 Refugee Convention’

Professor Maja Janmyr, Professor of International Migration Law, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo