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At PROTECT’s virtual conference on 26 – 27 August, we will present our midterm findings and discuss their policy relevance. On day one (26 August), our researchers will give bite-sized presentations of our Work Package findings, which are all dedicated to studying the impacts of the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) and the Global Compact for Migration (GCM) in different manners. The conference will feature a keynote address by Professor James C. Hathaway, University of Michigan Law School.

Day two (27 August) is dedicated to two plenary panels; a Policy Forum and an Academic Forum. While the Policy Forum gathers significant national and international actors involved in the global governance of international protection, the Academic Forum is specially devised to communicate with top scholars in the field in order to have their evaluations of the quality and validity of our research results. On both days we invite guests to ask questions and participate in our online facilitated discussion spaces. Full video talks where we present our findings in detail will be sent out to all attendees in advance.

NB! Time Zone is Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

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Program and Speakers 26 August
9.00 - 9.10 am: Welcome and introductory remarks
Mohamed Lachemi, President and Vice Chancellor, Ryerson University
9.10 - 9.30 am: A Cleavage Theory Approach to Advancing the International Refugee Protection
Hakan G. Sicakkan, Principal Investigator of PROTECT, University of Bergen
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9.30 – 11.00 am: Plenary mini-presentations of findings from PROTECT, based on full video presentations (available soon)

Chair: Dario Mazzola, Executive Scientific Coordinator of PROTECT, University of Bergen. Q&A sessions will take place after every second Work Package presentation

Elspeth Guild, Queen Mary University of London, and Jürgen Bast, University of Giessen present findings from Work Package 2:
The impacts of the GRC and GMC on the right to international protection: interactions with pre-existing legal frames of protection
Frank Caestecker, Ghent University, and Francesca Longo, University of Catania, present findings from Work Package 3:
The impacts of the GRC and GMC on the governance of international protection: institutional architectures of asylum determination
Jo Vearey, University of the Witwatersrand, and Christine M. Jacobsen, University of Bergen present findings from Work Package 4:
The impacts of the GRC and GMC on the governance of international protection: fieldwork studies of governance in practice
Simon Usherwood, University of Surrey, presents findings from Work Package 5:
The impacts of the GRC and GMC on civil societies’ recognition the right to international protection
Cornelius Cappelen, University of Bergen, presents findings from Work Package 6:
The impact of the GRC and GMC on the citizens’ recognition of the right to international protection
Anamaria Dutceac Segesten, Lund University, presents findings from Work Package 7:
The impact of the GRC and GMC on the recognition of the right to international protection in the public sphere
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11.00 – 11.30 am: Break
11.30 am – 12.30 pm: Keynote address
James C. Hathaway, James E. and Sarah A. Degan Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School

James C. Hathaway, the James E. and Sarah A. Degan Professor of Law, is a leading authority on international refugee law whose work is regularly cited by the most senior courts of the common law world. He is the founding director of Michigan Law's Program in Refugee and Asylum Law and the Distinguished Visiting Professor of International Refugee Law at the University of Amsterdam. He regularly provides training on refugee law to academic, non-governmental, and official audiences around the world.

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Program and Speakers 27 August
9.00 – 10.15 am: Plenary Policy Forum

Chair: Elspeth Guild, Queen Mary University of London

Glen Linder, Director General, International and Intergovernmental Relations, IRCC
Janet Dench, Executive Director, Canadian Council for Refugees
Madeline Garlick, Chief of Section, Protection Policy, UNHCR
Catherine Woollard, Secretary General, European Council on Refugees and Exiles
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10.15 – 10.30 am: Break
10.30 – 11.45 am: Plenary Academic Forum

Chair: Idil Atak, Ryerson University

Sergio Carrera, Senior Research Fellow and Head of Home Affairs Unit, CEPS (ASILE project)
Anna Triandafyllidou, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration and Integration, Ryerson University
François Crépeau, Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University (VULNER project)
Jennifer Hyndman, Professor, Department of Social Sciences, York University
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11.45 am – 12.00 pm: Break
12.00 – 1.00 pm: Concurrent Panels – Facilitated Online Discussion (details TBA)
1.00 pm: Concluding Remarks
Hakan G. Sicakkan, Principal Investigator of PROTECT, University of Bergen, and Idil Atak, Conference host, Ryerson University
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 870761.

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