22nd September 2021

Online Seminar via Zoom

Online Seminar via Zoom

The Refugee Convention at 70: The Convention in a time of crisis?

Wednesday 22 September 2021 | 15:30-17:30 

Doughty Street Chambers Immigration Team are delighted to invite you to our 2021 anniversary online event, celebrating the passage of 70 years since the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees was adopted in 1951.

We are honoured to be joined by eminent scholars in the field of refugee law, Professor James Hathaway, author of The Rights of Refugees under International Law (2nd edn 2021), and Dr Daniel Ghezelbash (Macquarie Law School, Sydney) and author of Refuge Lost (2018). Attendees will also benefit from the expert knowledge and insight of DSC asylum and immigration barristers Laura DubinskyJelia Sane and Anthony Vaughan.

The event will be chaired by Antonia Benfield.

The event will include discussion of the new and recurrent threats posed to the Convention, the spread of restrictive asylum policies around the globe, and the likely impact for refugees and the Convention of the highly controversial measures proposed in the Nationality and Borders Bill currently before parliament in the UK. Drawing on academic and legal expertise in relation to restrictive, offshore policies in Australia and EU externalisation policies and practices, the event will consider strategies to ensure the endurance and development of the Refugee Convention in the challenging years that lie ahead.

The event will begin with a Q&A with Professor Hathaway and we invite the submission of questions for discussion by Professor Hathaway by 31 August 2021.

There will be live auto-transcription enabled throughout this event and it will be recorded. All guests will have their cameras and microphones turned off automatically for this event. Exclusionary language will not be accepted.

The audio transcript will be made available on request.

Unfortunately, we will be unable to provide a BSL interpreter for this event.

Please let us know if you would like to engage in a confidential conversation regarding this or if you have any other accessibility requirements at: events@doughtystreet.co.uk.

The slides are available here.

The Refugee Convention at 70: The Convention in a time of crisis?