GLOBAL NEGOTIATIONS ON REFUGEE RIGHTS: ISOLATIONISM AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF LEGAL NORMS

O'Sullivan, M. (Organiser)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course

Description

This is the first Workshop of the Monash Network of Excellence on Refugee Policy. It will develop the Network’s research plan, concepts and comparative approaches. The papers delivered during the day will be published as a special issue in a journal.
Themes/Ideas for Discussion
1. Globalisation and the externalisation of borders
• how the Global Compacts reflect an externalisation agenda – that is, the focus on keeping refugees where they are or helping them return. Much of the focus of the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) is on cooperation to support host countries of asylum, rather than advocating for refugees’ right to seek asylum.
• Implementation of Global Compacts – the role of litigation in implementing refugee law norms
• Isolationist policies and growing nationalism
2. International organisations and the New World Order (the role of UNHCR, IOM etc...)

• the role of IOM in the Global Compact on Migration (GCM) and its push for ‘orderly and regular migration’, which means keeping irregular migrants, including refugees, out.


3. The engagement or otherwise of key asylum states with the Global Compacts and the
implications of such interactions for the international protection regime.

• Factors that influence the key asylum states of Italy, the UK, Australia and the US in abiding by their international obligations and reinvigorate the international refugee protection regime. This will include an examination of the role of civil society and the media (eg the role of civil society in enforcing norms around refugee protection).

Period11 Jun 2019
Event typeWorkshop
LocationPrato, Italy
Degree of RecognitionInternational

Keywords

  • refugee
  • global compact
  • immigration