Past events

PROTECT Expert Forums

autumn 2021, online

PROTECT has organized three Expert Forums in 2021, all of which sought to explore the legal potential and impacts of the Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration:

I. Expert Forum (10 September)

> See the program and the speakers

> (Re)Watch talks and discussions

II. Expert Forum (15 and 22 September)

> See the program and the speakers for 15 September and for 22 September

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III. Expert Forum (7-8 October)

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> (Re)Watch talks and discussions

PROTECT’s Mid-term Conference

26 – 27 August 2021, online

During the Conference, we presented initial research findings from our Work Packages. Our Canadian partner Ryerson University hosted and organized the conference.

> See the program and speakers

> (Re)Watch talks and discussions

National Conference on Migration and Urbanisation

28 July 2021, online

This panel explored the ‘Boundaries of Protection and Human Rights for International Migrants’ in South Africa and included PROTECT researchers Jo Vearey and Nicholas Maple from Wits University.

> Download the presentation (video)

> Download the slides (pdf)

5th Annual Conference, Refugee Law Initiative (RLI): ‘Ageing Gracefully? The 1951 Refugee Convention at 70’

9 – 11 June 2021, online

PROTECT researchers Jo Vearey, Nicholas Maple, and Kudakwashe Vanyoro from Wits University held

a panel at the RLI Annual Conference dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the 1951 Convention.

The PROTECT panel explored the ‘Contemporary Role of the Global Refugee Regime in Sub-Saharan Africa’

> See the program

14 april 2021, 6 – 7:30 pm CEST.

In partnership with ERIQA, the Jean Monnet Center welcomes PROTECT researcher Professor Daniela Irrera from the University of Catania for a conference on ‘the new vulnerability in times of pandemic: The EU and NGOs in managing migrant and refugee issues.’

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Nationalism & Covid-19 vaccination: Refugee and Migrant Health

30 March 2021, 3-5 pm CET

PROTECT researcher Jo Vearey argues that states’ vaccination programs cannot be effective unless they include undocumented migrants. How to create a ‘Firewall’ so that this group can access the Covid-19 vaccine without fearing arrest, detention, and deportation?

The webinar was organized by the M8 Alliance and the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM).

> Read more

International Women’s Day: Covid-19 and inequality: Gender, Work and Migration

8 March 2021, 2 – 3:30 pm CET

Join PROTECT researcher Christine M. Jacobsen as she explores ‘vulnerability in pandemic times’ and how Covid-19 has affected migrants with precarious legal status in France.

> Read more

Photo: Institute for Social Research, University of Bergen, LSE, University of Aalborg, Janne Møller Hansen.

Webinar: Foreign African Nationals and Xenophobia in South Africa

27 January 2021

How have racist ideas and exclusionary frameworks persisted in modern South African society?

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FASS2021 panel: University of Surrey Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Festival of Research

18 Januar 2021

> See festival program, panels and speakers

Dr. Theofanis Exadaktylos presented the aims and objectives of PROTECT – and how the researchers in Work Package 4 are overcoming the obstacles that Covid-19 has presented them with.

Seminar: Borders, mobilities and immobilities in Southern Africa

13 Januar 2021

In this seminar organized by the Migration Policy Institute, PROTECT researcher Kudakwashe Vanyoro present his research on Zimbabwean migrants at the Zimbabwean-South African border. Dr. Frank Musoni from the University of Kentucky gave a talk on ‘Border Jumping and Migration Control in Southern Africa’.

Seminar: Using the UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration as an Interpretative Tool for legal practitioners

27 November 2020

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This seminar presented the work conducted between Queen Mary University of London and ILPA on developing a Handbook on the Global Compact on Migration for immigration law practitioners.

PROTECT partners Elspeth Guild, Nicolette Busuttil, and Kathryn Allinson presented the theoretical framework of the Handbook and some key examples to elucidate its contents. Adrian Berry from ILPA discussed the application of the Compact for practitioners in light of this framework. 

Photo: Kingsley Napley and Queen Mary University of London

Expert Forum #3: International protection and the Global Compacts in the time of Covid-19: lessons from South(ern) Africa 

26 November 2020,

> See program and speakers

PROTECT’s third Expert Forum took stock of the role of the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) and the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) in South(ern) Africa, two years after their adoption.

The Forum also explored the unique challenges the global COVID-19 pandemic has created in terms of implementation of the two Compacts at the city, national and regional level.

This forum was hosted by the University of the Witwatersrand, which is PROTECT’s South African partner.

> Read more about the forum host

Expert Forum #2: Opportunity or Threat: receiving refugees in Canada and the effects of the Global Compacts on Refugees and Migrants

20 November 2020

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PROTECT’s second Expert Forum explored refugee rights in Canada in the context of the challenges brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic and the responsibilities outlined in two UN Compacts on Refugees and Migrants and in the 1951 Convention.

This Forum was hosted by PROTECT’s Canadian partner, Ryerson University.

> Read more about the Forum hosts

Expert Forum #1: The Two UN Compacts – Refugees and Migrants: Challenges and Implementation in Europe

13 -14 November 2020

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PROTECT’s First Expert Forum explored the EU’s asylum practices and challenges in light of the obligations and principles articulated in the 1951 Refugee Convention and the 2019 Global Compacts on Migrants and Refugees – and the potential impacts of the latter in creating a just and effective global asylum agenda.

The event was hosted by PROTECT partner Queen Mary University of London. Full recordings of talks and discussions are available here:

> Read more about the Forum hosts

Conversations on the Moria fires

19 September 2020

PROTECT’s project leader Hakan G. Sicakkan and International Advisory Board member, Jan Fridthjof Bernt discussed the Moria fires, the Dublin Regulation and the New Pact on Migration and Asylum in the monthly event, ‘Insight’.

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ECPR General Conference: PROTECT panel

25 August 2020

Three PROTECT researchers participate in this panel, which looks at the politics of international protection in a context marked by the tension between the rise of nativist ideologies and efforts to share the burden and responsibility of international protection at world scale.

Panel title: ‘The Politics of International Protection: New Perspectives in the Post-Global Compacts Era’

> Explore the PROTECT panel and papers


> See full academic program for the virtual ECPR GC

Virtual roundtable: Researching Migration & Law

18 August 2020

PROTECT researchers Siri Gloppen and Hakan G. Sicakkan participated in a roundtable discussion on ‘Researching Migration & Law’ during the 2020 Bergen Exchanges on Law and Social Transformation.

> Read more

> See video recording of the event

PROTECT kick off conference

9 March 2020

A number of high profile representatives from the academic community, civil society organizations, and international organizations were present for PROTECT’s Kick-Off conference in Brussels on 9 March 2020.

> See the full program

> Access full videos of talks and roundtables


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