Session 1: Developing protection from the outset
This session will be hosted by the University of Essex, current Chair of the GAIN. Panellists will reflect on how the concept of protection has developed under international law since the creation of the UNHCR Statute in 1950. Discussants will consider what protection means for individuals under international refugee law, international human rights law, international humanitarian law, and public international law generally. Panellists will look at how European responses have been influenced by external voices and how practice and developments in Europe affect protection beyond the region.
Session 2: Unpacking EU Asylum Policy in light of The UN Global Compact on Refugees: The Impacts of Containment on Trust and Refugee Protection
This session will be hosted by the ASILE Network. The GCR constitutes a unique world-wide framework of cooperation on refugee protection to assess and examine EU asylum policies. The adoption of the New Pact on Migration and Asylum by the European Commission reveals the continuation of previously existing asylum policies focused on containment, and the increasing use of non-legally binding and financial instruments or arrangements fostering protection elsewhere or refugee deterrence policies. Simultaneously, the Pact promises increased refugee mobility through legal pathways to admission. This Session will assess the most recent developments in EU Asylum Policy and their impact on the GCR guiding principles: international refugee protection and human rights. It will examine ways in which EU policies focused on 'contained mobility' affect trust in internal and external EU asylum policies. Particular attention will be paid to the ways in which refugee voices and agency could be better tailored in EU asylum decision-making dynamics. This Session falls within the scope of the Horizon 2020 Project ASILE (Global Asylum Governance and European Union's Role).