Symposium on Refugee Responsibility-Sharing

The Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM) at Georgetown University and the Exodus Institute Symposium on Refugees and Responsibility Sharing will host a Symposium to consider the most significant shortcoming in the present international refugee system: the lack of effective responsibility-sharing in responding to refugees. The symposium will include presentations by academic experts and policy-makers to analyze current shortcomings in the present system and suggest ways of overcoming these shortcomings.

Agenda for Symposium 

8:45 Introductions 

9:00 Panel 1 & Q+A: Responsibility-Sharing for Refugees: Possibilities and Prospects 

James Milner, Carleton University, Canada: Overview of responsibility-sharing for refugees 

Elizabeth Ferris, ISIM, Georgetown University, US: Responsibility-sharing: The missing link in the global refugee system 

Volker Turk, Assistant UN High Commissioner for Protection, Switzerland: A UNHCR perspective on responsibility-sharing 

David Donoghue, former Irish UN Ambassador/chief negotiator for the New York Declaration, Dublin, Ireland: The political reality of negotiating a new agreement on responsibility-sharing 

10:30 Coffee Break 

10:45 Panel 2 & Q+A: New Opportunities 

Tristan Harley, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia: An overview of proposals to more effectively share responsibility for refugees 

Sarnata Reynolds, Oxfam, US: A new proposal for responsibility-sharing for refugee 

David Cantor, Refugee Law Initiative, University of London. Responsibility-sharing at the regional level: Lessons from Central America 

Anne Richard, Georgetown University, The US government and proposals for responsibility-sharing for refugees  

12:00 Closing remarks 

Event photo courtesy of the International Organization for Migration

Monday, April 16, 2018 at 8:45am to 12:15pm

Georgetown University Conference Center

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