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Patrick Kingsley giving the Annual Harrell-Bond Lecture 2016 on his experiences 'Reporting refugees'

Barbara Harrell-Bond, 2015

The Annual Harrell-Bond Lecture is named in honour of Dr Barbara Harrell-Bond. Dr Harrell-Bond, OBE, Emerata Professor and Associate, is a legal anthropologist who founded and directed the Refugee Studies Centre (from 1982 to 1996). On retirement from the RSC, she conducted research in Kenya and Uganda (1997-2000), and was Honorary Adjunct Professor, American University in Cairo (2000-2008). Dr Harrell-Bond is also an awardee of the Franz Boas Award for Exemplary Service to Anthropology awarded by the American Anthropologist Association, and was awarded the Lucy Mair medal for applied anthropology in 2014. She is now responsible for the information portal, www.refugeelegalaidinformation.org, which promotes legal assistance for refugees around the world. In July 2016, she was awarded an honorary doctorate at the School of African and Asican Studies (SOAS).

The Annual Harrell-Bond Lecture is held each year in Michaelmas term.

 Lectures include:

●   2016

Reporting refugees: what a journalist learnt on the migration trails to Europe

Patrick Kingsley (Migration correspondent, the Guardian)

 

●   2015

‘We do not want to become refugees’: human mobility in the age of climate change

Professor Walter Kälin (Envoy of the Chairmanship of the Nansen Initiative, and Professor of Constitutional and International Law, University of Bern)

 

●   2014

Forced migration to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan: burden or boon

Her Royal Highness Princess Basma bint Talal

 

●   2013

Refugee rights: beyond the 1951 Convention

Professor Yakin Ertürk (Council of Europe Committee for the Prevention of Torture)

 

●   2012

The architecture of refugee protection

Professor Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar (Stanford Law School)

 

●   2011

Waiting for solutions in uncertain times: Palestine refugees in the Middle East context

Filippo Grandi (Commissioner-General, UNRWA)

 

●   2010

Restoring rights: forced displacement, protection and humanitarian action

António Guterres (UN High Commissioner for Refugees)

 

●   2009

Beyond blankets: in search of political deals and durable solutions for the displaced

Professor Jan Egeland (Former United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Coordinator, Director of the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs)

 

●   2008

Asylum: a new perspective

The Rt Hon Sir John Waite (Co-chair of the Independent Asylum Commission)

 

●   2007

Global poverty, humanitarian need in the Middle East and prospects for peace in the region

HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan

 

●   2006

Asylum: the new dirty word

Shami Chakrabati (Director, Liberty)

 

●   2005

Refugee law, rights and reality in Africa into the 21st Century

Professor Bonaventure Rutinwa (University of Dar es Salaam)

 

●   2004

National citizenship, private property, and domestic migration: a witches’ brew?

Benedict Anderson (Aaron L Binenkorb Professor Emeritus of International Studies, Cornell University)

 

●   2003

Refugees and their human rights

Professor Guy S Goodwin-Gill (All Souls College, University of Oxford)

 

●   2002

Human trafficking and smuggling: implications for the refugee protection system

Professor Vitit Muntarbhorn (The Law School, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand)

 

●   2001

September 11th: its implications for law, human rights and democracy

Harold Hongju Koh (Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law, Yale Law School, former US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor)

 

●   1999

Globalization, humanitarianism and the erosion of refugee protection

Professor B S Chimni (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India)