Refugee protection and digital legal aid in the Middle East

By bringing together different areas of work (lawyers, humanitarian practitioners, technical experts, academics, activists), the workshop aimed to start a conversation about how to engage with humanitarian technological developments and their interactions with the present and future rights of refugees, Internally Displaced People (IDP) and asylum seekers currently residing in the Middle East.

In order to further understand potential pathways for digital legal aid for refugee protection in the Middle East, the workshop consisted of two interrelated parts:

  • The first workshop (13.01.21) was geared towards a general discussion on the digital transformations of refugee governance, how these relate to migration management and border practices and their potential impact on refugee rights.
  • The second workshop (17.02.21) zoomed in on refugee protection and legal aid in different Middle Eastern countries and the situated potentials, challenges and ways for dealing with these challenges for digital legal aid and refugee rights.

This event was organised by Norwegian Centre for Human Rights and the NCHS, and is part of the Refugees and the Arab Middle East: Protection in States Not Party to the Refugee Convention project.