The Second Annual Conference of the Refugee Law Initiative was held 5-7 June at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. The overall theme was ‘Mass Influx? Law, Policy and Large-Scale Movements of Refugees and Migrants‘.
With the current political focus on large-scale movements, there is renewed interest in better understanding and developing humanitarian responses. Even if key normative and legal protection gaps in this area have been evident for some time, little has changed on the ground for refugees, migrants and IDPs. The September 2016 adoption of the UN New York Declaration provides a timely opportunity to reflect on the ideas and proposals expressed therein and to feed into the development of Global Compacts in 2018. The conference special theme reflects a need to re-examine complex issues surrounding large-scale sudden movements of persons across borders, as momentum builds towards the Global Compacts in 2018.
Amanda Cellini (PRIO) presented a paper on the panel ‘Burden-sharing in the context of large-scale refugee movements’ that was chaired by Hélène Lambert (Westminster University) and also included presentations by Laura Robbins-Wright (LSE) and Ingrid Boccardi (UCL). Cellini’s paper was titled ‘The Search for Creativity in Response to Crisis: Moving Beyond Durable Solutions?’