The European Refugee Crisis: Perspectives from Practice

The current refugee situation in Europe – no matter if we wish to call it a crisis or not – has prompted many standpoints and approaches, soul searching and questions about the way forward. Interventions have taken place mostly by politicians and academics. In this event, we will hear the voice of legal practitioners on this topic. 

Nicola Braganza will comment on the ZAT judgment and its implications, and developments in Calais and Dunkirk. (N.B. The ZAT judgment can be found on: R (on the application of ZAT and Others) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Article 8 ECHR – Dublin Regulation – interface – proportionality) IJR [2016] UKUT 61 (IAC), http://www.bailii.org/uk/cases/UKUT/IAC/2016/61.html

Zahra Hrifa will invite us to discuss the potentiality of crimes against humanity being committed in the current European Refugee crisis. Indeed, every day, dozens of refugees die whether in the sea while trying to cross it, or in the camps, or on their way to Europe, to build a better life for them and their children. 

For crimes against humanity to be recognised, a set of certain criteria need to be met. Zahra will focus on the example of Greece, following the publication of a recent article written by Kalpouzos, I. & Mann, I. (2015), entitled ‘Banal Crimes Against Humanity: The Case of Asylum Seekers in Greece, published in the Melbourne Journal of International Law. 

About the speakers: 

Nicola Braganza is a barrister at Garden Court Chambers, London, where she specialises in public law with an emphasis on human rights, immigration and asylum and in all areas of discrimination and equality law. She is the ILPA (Immigration Law Practitioners Association) convenor of the Calais working group and has visited Calais and Dunkirk a number of times. Over the last few months she has been closely involved with other UK and French lawyers working on cases in Calais and Dunkirk. 

Zahra Hrifa read Law in France and completed a Masters in Public International Law and International Organisations at the Pantheon-Sorbonne University (Paris I, France). She also completed the Diploma of Ecole des Hautes Etudes Internationales at the Pantheon-Assas University (Paris II, France). 

After having completed her Masters, Zahra went to work for the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (The Hague, The Netherlands). Zahra now works in the Human Rights field as a legal caseworker at the AIRE Centre under the management of Nuala Mole. Zahra has a strong interest in human rights and more particularly crimes against humanity and genocide, and is currently strongly involved in the Refugee crisis (on the French front) with barristers based in London. 

When: 18 May 2016 - 13:00 - 15:00. 
Where: University of Liverpool - Rendall Building, Seminar Room 9 - 74 Bedford St S, Liverpool, L69 

Co-organised by the Development Research Initiative (DRIVE, Liverpool Management School) and the network Liverpool Asylum and Refugee Knowledge (Liverpool ARK). To book a place at this event CLICK HERE

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