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21

Wednesday

International Law and the Prevention of Irregular Emigration: A Historical Perspective

6.00pm

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Seminar Series: Academic Visitor Programme

This paper examines the evolution over time of attempts to establish an international law principle that states have a legal responsibility, at least under certain circumstances, to combat irregular departures. Through examination of available archives and travaux préparatoires, I will investigate the attempts to develop such a norm since the end of the nineteenth century, along with the evolving set of legal and ethical justification that were used to do so. I will also examine the different practical and principled objections that other states have marshalled to oppose the development of such a legal norm. This historical research will finally be examined in the context of contemporary migration policy, to see what light it can shed on current efforts to induce states of transit and states of origin to combat irregular emigration.

The paper will focus on negotiations of four treaties: the ILO draft convention on emigration of 1921 (never adopted); the ILO Migrant Workers Convention (no. 143); the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families, and the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air. It will also review British attempts to assert the existence of a customary international law duty to prevent irregular emigration in reaction to Jewish emigration to Palestine in the late 1940s, and the incorporation of a duty to combat irregular departures in the Comprehensive Plan of Action for Indo-Chinese refugees.

Speaker: Professor Andrew Wolman, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Korea

Professor Wolman is a professor of human rights and international law at the Graduate School of International and Area Studies of Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, in Seoul, Korea. His current research is focused on the development of refugee law and policy in East Asia, the international response to North Korean human rights violations, and the right to leave in the context of irregular migration. Before joining the faculty at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Andrew worked as an Associate at the law firm White & Case, LLP and as an Assistant Counsel at the New York City Department of Transportation, where he specialized in environmental and land use law. Andrew has a PhD in Law from the University of Antwerp, an LLM in Environmental Law from George Washington University Law School, and a JD from the New York University School of Law.

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6.00pm - 8.00pmWednesday 21st February 2018

C315 City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom

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City, University of London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB
United Kingdom
0207 040 3410

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