Event Host/Institute: The Nordic Institute for Migration & The Center of Excellence for Global Mobility Law, University of Copenhagen.
Event date and time (to and from): 23-24 May 2023, 9:00AM – 3:30 PM CEST
Event location/venue: In person – Njalsgade 76, 2300 Copenhagen S, room 9A.1.01 (Nanna Berg).
Event type: Seminar
Description from host: This leading conference for scholars, practitioners, and civil society in the Nordic region focusing on issues of migration and refugee law will bring together expertise to address the significant entanglement of refugee and migration law within adjacent fields of international and national law.
The normative landscape of both international and Nordic refugee law has changed considerably since the first Nordic Asylum Law Seminar was held in Bergen in 1982. What was once a relatively self-contained legal field organised around state-centric paradigms is today transformed into a vast normative web, heavily influenced by developments in other legal regimes. From the “human rights turn” to EU integration, these types of interactions have not only reshaped international refugee law and practice, but often also deeply impacted the corresponding regimes, as evidenced by recent debates on e.g. the uptake of asylum and migration cases by the European Court of Human Rights and the UN treaty bodies. Governmental policies to deter or manage asylum-seekers and refugees have similarly prompted new and often difficult questions at the interface between international refugee and human rights law and domestic legislation, such as integration law, social law, security law, health law and criminal law, to name but a few. Meanwhile, expanding efforts to litigate refugee and migrant rights have seen both practitioners and scholars pursue new avenues, including international criminal law, anti-discrimination law, tort law and public procurement law.
In celebration of forty years of the Nordic Asylum Law Seminar, we invite scholars and practitioners to explore legal questions emerging at the interfaces between international refugee and migration law and other legal regimes, between different legal practices in the Nordics and beyond, and between refugee/migration law and external processes, including politics, economics and growing digitalisation.