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Refugee and Asylum Law: Theory, Policy and Practice


Dallal Stevens

Call for Papers

Abstracts may only be submitted via the Easy Chair system. They must be no longer than 300 words and must include your title, name and institutional affiliation and your email address for correspondence.

The deadline for the submissions is Monday 19 January 2015.

This stream welcomes papers that focus on any issues relating to the theory, policy and practice of refugee and asylum law at an international or national level. In view of the current global refugee crises, and the apparent failure of the “international community” to address the problems confronting millions of asylum seekers and refugees, papers that address the following are particularly welcome:
• Conceptualising asylum and refugee protection
• The role of law in achieving or diminishing (access to) protection
• The role of the UNHCR and NGOs in refugee protection
• Regional protection regimes and access to asylum
• The search for durable solutions
• Future challenges for asylum and refugee protection

Please feel free to contact the stream organiser with any enquiries about the stream.
There is no restriction on methodology and, in line with the interdisciplinary nature of the SLSA, papers are welcome from any academic background.

Session Programme (Papers and rooms are subject to change)

Tuesday: Session 1: Social sciences Room 0.11

Session Title: Comparative International Refugee Protection (1)

Papers: ‘Asylum, migration and natural disasters: A new perspective from the Americas’ - David Cantor

‘The role of international law in defining the protection of refugees in India’ - Mike Sanderson

Tuesday: Session 2: Social sciences Room 0.11

Session Title: Comparative International Refugee Protection (2)

Papers: ‘Democratic or autocratic regime? The paradox of Ghanaian refugees’ - Cristiano D’Orsi

‘From refugee producing to refugee receiving countries – A comparative study of asylum policies and practices in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina’ - Selma Porobic & Drago Zuparic-Iljic,

Wednesday: Session 4: Social sciences Room 0.11

Session Title: Historical Perspectives on Refugee Protection and ‘Burden-Sharing’

Papers: ‘From informal to formal burden-sharing: an alternative insight into the early development of refugee law and international forms of cooperation’ - Paolo Biondi

The historical background to Article 31(1) of the 1951 Refugee Convention from a UK perspective’ - Yewa Holiday

‘The Dublin Regulation: Balancing efficiency and individual protection’ - Harriet Gray

Wednesday: Session 4: Social sciences Room 0.11

Session Title: Children, Gender and Asylum


‘Cessation, revocation and control over the movement of the body of the refugee in Canada’ - Anne Neylon,

Wednesday: Session 5: Social sciences Room 0.11

Session Title: The Problems of Process

Papers: ‘The detained fast track asylum process: inherently unfair, or a necessary qualification to the right to liberty?’ - David Sellwood

‘Accelerated refugee status determination procedures in the UK and Australia: “Fast track” to refoulement?’ - Linda Kirk

‘Fresh claims for asylum since Rahimi - legal consequences and procedural barriers’ - Sheona York,

Wednesday: Session 6: Social sciences Room 0.11

Session Title: Who is a refugee?

Papers: ‘The tale of two men: Testimonial styles and presentation of asylum claims’ - Forough Ramezankhah

‘Refugees and migrant workers? LM, AA and MA (Syrian Nationals) v Russia’ - Agnieszka Kubal

‘Examining Article 1 if the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees: Does it go far enough?’ - Olayinka Lewis