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Speaker: Professor Pétur Dam Leifsson, University of Iceland
In this seminar, Pétur Dam Leifsson, will explore some aspects of the domestic legal framework governing asylum in Iceland and will situate it in an international and European context. He will address how the concept of refugee is somewhat broader in Icelandic legislation compared to the recognised international minimum standards as defined in the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol. He will also examine how the gradual development of art. 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights affects the application in Iceland of international principles such as non-refoulement. The process and different categories of people currently seeking international protection in Iceland shall be discussed emphasising Iceland’s participation in the European Union system via a special agreement on applying the so-called Dublin Regulation, and theproblems related to increasing number of asylum seekers who have already acquired some sort of protection and residence permits in other member states, such as in Greece and Italy.
Mr. Pétur Dam Leifsson is Associate Professor of International Law at the Faculty of Law of University of Iceland since 2007. He has also been an interim Judge at the District Court of Reykjavík, and is currently sitting as a member on the Immigration and Asylum Appeals Board in Iceland.
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1.00pm - 3.00pmWednesday 19th October 2016
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