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Global Refugee Crisis: Law and Politics

September 3, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 2:40 pm

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Title of the Talk: Global Refugee Crisis: Law and Politics

Name of Speaker:  Prof. B.S. Chimni

Designation: Retd. Professor at the Centre for International Legal Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Abstract: The global refugee problem is among the most critical concerns of our times. The aim of the talk will be to explore the features, strengths and weaknesses of the international refugee regime that governs the world of refugees. It will in particular discuss aspects of the UN 1951 Convention on the Status of Refugees. It will also review the reasons why India is not a party to the 1951 Convention and the legal status of refugees in the country. Finally, it will address the causes and solutions to the global refugee problem. 

Speaker’s Bio: Dr. B.S.Chimni is former Professor of International Law, Centre for International Legal Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He was Vice Chancellor of W.B. National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata between 2004-2006. He has been a Visiting Professor at Brown University, USA and International Center for Comparative Law and Politics, Tokyo University, Japan. He has also been a Senior Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School, a Visiting Fellow at Max Planck Institute for Comparative and Public International Law, Heidelberg, Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, Cambridge University, Centre for Refugee Studies, York University, Canada, and American University at Cairo, Egypt. He is Member, Academic Council, Institute for Global Law and Policy, Harvard University. He is Former Member, Roundtable on Legal Education, Ministry of Human Resources and Development, National Legal Services Authority (NLSA), Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) and Advisory Council, Department of International Development, Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford University, UK. He has delivered several prestigious lectures including the Eighth Grotius Lecture at the Centennial Meeting of the American Society of International Law in Washington (2006), the Sir Kenneth Bailey Memorial Lecture at the Melbourne Law School (2007), and the first Harrell-Bond Lecture at Centre for Refugee Studies, Oxford University (1999). His central research interest is to elaborate in association with a group of like-minded scholars a critical third world approach to international law.  His areas of research interest are international refugee law, international economic law, and international legal theory. His most recent publication is International Law and World Order: A Critique of Contemporary Approaches (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2017). He is a member Editorial Board, American Journal of International Law and Editor-in-Chief Indian Journal of International law.

Date: 3rd September, 2019
Time: 1:30 PM – 2:40 PM
Venue: AC 02 LT 110


September 3, 2019
1:30 pm - 2:40 pm


Department of International Relations


AC 02 LT 110
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