Refugee and Migration Law Workshop

On December 12 and 13, 2019, IES co-sponsored an international workshop on Refugee and Migration Law, convened at the UC Berkeley Faculty Club. The two-day event brought together legal scholars from institutions across the United States and abroad, and focused on questions of race and ethnicity, borders, refugee protections, and international law. T. Alexander Aleinikoff (Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility, The New School for Social Research) began the first day of panels with a presentation on reforming the international refugee regime, followed by Tendayi Achiume (UCLA School of Law) on “Racial Borders.” Janie Chuang (American University) discussed the issue of global governance over labor migration. The impacts of technology on refugee law and refugee access to information were the focus of presentations by Katerina Linos (Berkeley Law) and Jasmijn Slootjes of the UC Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative. Day one concluded with talks by Ralph Wilde (University College London) on the refugee and migration “crisis” and international law, and Chantal Thomas (Cornell Law School) on global migration governance from a political economy perspective. The second day of the workshop shifted to research on borders and border violence by Itamar Mann (University of Haifa) and Sherally Munshi (Georgetown). Loren B. Landau (African Centre for Migration and Society, University of the Witwatersrand) spoke about "Protection in Times of Containment: Fragmented Temporalities and the Limits of Law." Violeta Moreno-Lax (Queen Mary University of London) discussed intersectionality and forced migration, while Jaya Ramji-Nogales (Temple University) considered questions of safe transit. The workshop ended with a study of detained migrant children in U.S. custody by Emily Ryo (University of Southern California). Discussants included faculty and researchers from across the Berkeley campus. This event was co-sponsored by the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law, the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, and the American Society of International Law Migration Law Interest Group.