Call for Papers - Access to Asylum: Current Challenges and Future Directions

Wednesday 25 September 2013

Monash University Prato Centre, Italy 29–30 May 2014

Organised by the Faculty of Law, Monash University with the support of the Refugee Law Initiative, University of London; and the Faculty of Law, Warwick University

http://www.law.monash.edu.au/access-asylum/

The aim of this international conference is to determine how best to safeguard the rights of asylum seekers in balance with the responsibilities of states. It will analyse relevant standards under regional instruments, international human rights law, and the 1951 Refugee Convention.

The conference will examine current challenges faced by asylum seekers in gaining access to international refugee protection, the implications of state practices for the rights of refugees, the responsibilities of states and their impact upon refugee status determination procedures (RSD).

It will bring together refugee law scholars, government and non- governmental organisations (NGOs), and decision-makers to discuss the practices of leading asylum-host countries in different regions, including Europe, UK, Australia, the USA and Canada. In addition, the conference will involve the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and various regional organisations dealing with refugee issues. Thus the conference will be both comparative and international. It will also include both practical and theoretical perspectives.

The conference is being held by Maria O’Sullivan and Professor Susan Kneebone, Faculty of Law, Monash University with the support of Dr David Cantor, Director, Refugee Law Initiative, University of London and Dr Dallal Stevens, Faculty of Law, Warwick University.

The host city, Prato, is the second largest city in Tuscany. Located a short distance from Florence, Prato offers many historical and artistic attractions.

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The two day conference will have a range of plenary sessions with the final session to comprise a panel discussion on proposals for allocation of responsibility for burden-sharing.
Confirmed speakers
• Professor Deborah Anker, Harvard Law School, Harvard University
• Dr David Cantor, Director, Refugee Law Initiative, University of London
• Dr Cathryn Costello, Refugee Studies Centre and Faculty of Law, Oxford University
• Maria Hennessy, Senior Legal Officer, European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE)
• Linda Kirk, Senior Member, Refugee Review Tribunal Australia
• Professor Susan Kneebone, Emeritus Associate, Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Faculty of Law, Monash University
• Maria O’Sullivan, Associate, Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Faculty of Law, Monash University
• Dr Sean Rehaag, Osgoode Hall Law School, Centre for Refugee Studies, York University
• Dr Dallal Stevens, Faculty of Law, Warwick University
• Volker Turk, Director of International Protection, UNHCR

Plenary sessions
• ‘Access to asylum – putting asylum back into Refugee Law’
• ‘Accessing asylum – where do state responsibilities begin and end?’
• ‘Access to quality primary decision-making’
• ‘Best practices in RSD – consistency, transparency and scrutiny’
• ‘Complementary protection and asylum compared’
• Final panel discussion on proposals for allocation of responsibility for burden sharing
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Submission of abstracts

Proposals for papers are invited (30 minutes including 10 minutes for discussion). Submissions of a 300 word abstract and 100 word biography must be made online at http://www.law.monash.edu.au/access-asylum/papers/index.html by 8 November 2013. Individuals and panels are invited to submit.

It is intended that selected papers from the conference proceedings will be published.

We invite the submission of abstracts on the conference themes. We particularly encourage proposals relating to the following topics:

• Externalising borders – disruption of travel, interdictions of ‘unlawfuls’ and offshore warehousing; ethical implications
• The standard of asylum – temporary protection statuses and rights (including urban refugees)
• Access to asylum in situations of conflict and post-conflict
• Privatising the border – the effect of privatisation on detention practices plus standard of care services provided to asylum seekers
• Effective denial of access to asylum – adverse security assessments and exclusion cases
• Safe third country and accelerated procedures Gender and access to asylum
• Decision-making structures and asylum (case-loads, approval rates, comparison of 1–2 tier systems)
• Country guidance cases – a comparative approach
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Further information
Visit: http://www.law.monash.edu.au/access-asylum/
Email: law-accessasylumconf@monash.edu