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June 27, 2021 Centre for Peace and Justice

The Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group (MCRG), the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) and Center for Peace and Justice/BRAC University (CPJ), in close collaboration with BABSEACLE and the Asia Pro Bono Conference and Access to Justice Exchange Secretariat, will host the first-ever virtual Summer School on legal protections for refugees and forcibly displaced populations in Asia.

In 2021, as the world continues to navigate the climate crisis as well as a global health crisis, refugees and forcibly displaced communities continue to live under precarious living conditions with limited access to rights, in increasingly protracted displacement situations. This year, 2021, also marks the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the 1951 Refugee Convention. Historically, the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol have been the key legal documents that form the basis of international refugee law. With 149 State parties to either or both, they define the term ‘refugee’, outline the rights of refugees, and the legal obligations of States to protect them. However, the lives of refugees and forcibly displaced communities continue to be predominantly defined through national laws and domestic legal orders in host countries– and in no place is this more apparent than in Asia. Despite providing refuge to one of the largest populations of refugees and forcibly displaced populations in the world, very few states across the Asia Pacific region are parties to the 1951 Refugee Convention or the 1967 Protocol. Instead, they have opted to provide protection through a wide range of national laws, policies, judicial decisions, ad hoc measures and localized practices to offer refuge to those fleeing persecution and forcibly displaced communities on their territory.

In this 4-day intensive, interdisciplinary and participatory Summer School, participants will critically reflect on the laws, institutions, and actors influencing and shaping the lives of refugee and forcibly displaced populations in the Asia Pacific region. Participants will be encouraged to think creatively about the role and use of national and international law, and discuss various methods and approaches to advance and strengthen protections for refugees, forcibly displaced, and at-risk populations in different host countries.

Date: 23 – 26 August 2021

Platform: Zoom

Target Participants: The intended audience of the 2021 Summer School,but not limited to, includes scholars, critical thinkers, activists, and early-career professionals in fields related to refugee law and policy.

Scholarships Available

The Summer School is proud to offer up to 10 scholarships to course participants to support the work of emerging and established individuals in the area of refugee protection.
5 Full Scholarships to participate in an in-person Migration Spring Camp
These scholarships will be given to course participants to further their knowledge of migration-related issues, by participating in an in-person Migration Spring Camp in Nepal organized by Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group in January/February 2022
5 Fellowship Grants, $1000 grant to advance refugee protection in the region
five-course participants will receive a $1000 fellowship/project grant to implement legal empowerment strategies developed in the summer school to advance refugee protection in the region

The program is free of charge

(Registration is now open until 16 July 2021)