ESIL Lecture: James Hathaway

James E. and Sarah A. Degan Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law SchoolDistinguished Visiting Professor of International Refugee Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Amsterdam

Title: Fixing the Refugee System



DescriptionThis address argues that the time is right to change the way that refugee law is implemented. Specifically, Hathaway advocates a shift towards a managed and collectivized approach to the implementation of refugee protection obligations. He contends that while the obligations under the UN’s Refugee Convention remain sound, the mechanisms for implementing those obligations are flawed in ways that too often lead States to act against their own values and interests, and which produce needless suffering amongst refugees. He offers a five-point plan to revitalize the Refugee Convention.

Date: Friday 13 May 2016 

Time: 16h00 – 17h30 

LocationUniversity of Amsterdam School of Law, Oudemanhuispoort 4-6, Amsterdam (room D009)  

Registration: Regustration for this ESIL lecture is required by 11 May 2016, with Martine van Trigt at