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The Law of Refugee Status
Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st May 2006
Course Fee: 130 (including course materials and refreshments)
Accredited by the Law Society and Bar Council for CPD hours
This comprehensive workshop on the scope of the refugee definition gives participants the opportunity, through a mix of lecture and working group exercises, to grapple with difficult issues of application of the legal norms in the context of factual scenarios based on actual refugee claims. The workshop commences with a discussion of the differences between various conceptions of refugees as commonly conceived, and the more constrained notion of refugee status incorporated in the Refugee Convention.
It proceeds to examine the historical backdrop to the modern refugee definition, then looks at the five key elements of the Convention definition of refugee status: 1) alienage; 2) genu
ine risk; 3) serious harm for which the state is accountable; 4) nexus to civil or political status; and 5) need for, and appropriateness of, international protection. Questions to be addressed include the standard of proof in refugee claims; the use of international human rights law to inform refugee determination; the extent of a state's duty to protect its citizens; the violation of socio-economic human rights as the basis for a refugee claim; and the determination of claims grounded in generalised circumstances.
Instructor: Professor James C. Hathaway is James E. and Sarah A. Degan Professor of Law and Director of the Program in Refugee and Asylum Law at theUniversity of Michigan Law School and Senior Visiting Research Associate at Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford. He is the author of The Law of Refugee Status (1991), The Rights of Refugees Under International Law (2005), and editor of Reconceiving International Refugee Law (1997). He has provided tr
aining on refugee law to academic, non-governmental and official audiences in all parts of the world, and is a member of the editorial advisory boards of the Journal of Refugee Studies and the Immigration and Nationality Law Reports.

Palestinian Refugees and The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th June 2006
Course Fee: 140 (including course materials and refreshments)
This two-day workshop places the Palestinian refugee case study within the broader context of the international human rights regime. It examines, within a human rights framework, the policies and practices of Middle Eastern states as they impinge upon Palestinian refugees. Through a mix of lectures, working group exercises and interactive sessions, participants engage actively and critically with the contemporary debates in the human rights movement and analyse the specific context of Palestinian refugees in the Middle East (Lebanon, Syria, Jorda
n, the West Bank, Gaza and Israel) in light of the debates.
The workshop commences with the background of the Palestinian refugee crisis, with special attention to the socio-political context and legal status of Palestinian refugees in the region. This is followed by a careful examination of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights including its philosophical underpinnings.
The key themes, which have taken centre stage in the debate on the Palestinian refugee crisis, are statelessness, right of return, repatriation, self-determination, restitution compensation and protection. These themes are critically examined along with current discussions about the respective roles of UNRWA, UNHCR and the UNCCP in the Palestinian refugee case.
Instructors: Dr Dawn Chatty, Reader in Anthropology and Forced Migration at the University of Oxford, is Deputy Director of the Refugee Studies Centre. She has conducted extensive research among Palestinians and other forced migra
nts in the Middle East. Her book (edited with Gillian Lewando Hundt), Children of Palestine: Experiencing Forced Migration in the Middle East has recently been published by Berghahn Press (2005).
Ms Leila Hilal is currently a legal adviser on refugees at the Palestinian Negotiations Support Unit in Ramallah, West Bank. She practiced as a litigation attorney for a class action law firm in New York City and served as a law clerk with the South African Constitution Court. She obtained her Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the State University of New York at Buffalo and Masters of Law (LL.M) from Harvard University in the United States. Her legal studies focused on public international law, with particular emphasis on international human rights law.
Ms Lena El-Malak is a doctoral student in Public International Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She is currently writing a thesis on Israel's State Responsibility in International Law: Th
e Reparations Owed to Palestinian Refugees. Lena has worked as a Durable Solutions Assistant at UNHCR in Amman on cases involving Palestinian refugees and as an intern at UNHCR in Cairo. She is a member of the Massachusetts State Bar.

For registration forms, write to:
A Dominique Attala, Msc Course Co-ordinator
Refugee Studies Centre, Department of International Development, Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TB

small number of reduced fee places for students is available on a first come basis. Please enquire at the same time as registering.

Direct Tel: +44-(0)1865 270272; Fax: +44-(0)1865 270721; Email:


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