International Refugee Law seminar series: The Limits of Refugee Law - Human Trafficking and Challenges to the International Protection Regime

21 February 2013, 17:30 - 19:30

Ryszard Piotrowicz is Professor of Law at Aberystwyth University. He has also taught at the Universities of Tasmania, Durham and Glasgow. He is an Alexander-von- Humboldt Research Fellow. He works mostly in migration law and humanitarian law, especially trafficking of human beings. He participated in the UNHCR’s Global Consultations on the Refugees Convention in 2001 as a nominee of the Australian Government. He has been  a member of the European Commission’s Group of Experts on Trafficking in Human Beings since 2008, having been reappointed in 2011, and has advised several international organisations and States on legal aspects of people trafficking. He is the Book Reviews Editor for the International Journal of Refugee Law. He has also worked with the International Committee of the Red Cross and national Red Cross societies throughout Europe in the dissemination of international humanitarian law, and is co-author and co-editor of International Military Missions and International Law (2011).
Organised by:
Human Rights Consortium
Event Type:
Room G22/26 (Ground Floor)
Venue Details:

Senate House, South Block
Malet Street 
London WC1E 7HU 

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Human trafficking raises potentially onerous protection obligations for States. Ryszard Piotrowicz explores the relevance of the Refugees Convention to those at risk of being trafficked, and considers possible entitlement to complementary protection. The content of such protection is then considered, in light of the decision in Rantsev v Cyprus and Russia (2010) and the response to it, in particular the interpretation of the decision by the European Commission’s Group of Experts on Trafficking in Human Beings. There may be emerging a significant development in States’ obligations towards victims of trafficking, which may have ramifications for other groups at risk.  The lecture will explore these issues and offer suggestions as to how the law may develop.

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