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The Right to Seek and Obtain Asylum under the African Human Rights System

16 October 2013, 17:30 - 19:30

Speakers Abstract:

Chaloka Beyani is Senior Lecturer in International Law in the Law Department, a member of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights and Chair of its Advisory Board, and a member of the Centre for Climate Change at LSE. He is also the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons. He joined the Department of Law at LSE in 1996 and lectures in international law and human rights. He was formerly a Research Fellow at Wolfson college, Oxford, with Lectureships in Law at Exeter and St. Catherine's colleges, Oxford, and a Crown Prince of Jordan Fellow, Queen Elizabeth House, as part of the Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford.

Dr Chaloka Beyani, UN Special Rapporteur on IDPs, London School of Economics and Political Science  
Organised by:
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Event Type:
The Senate Room (Senate House, First Floor)
Venue Details:

Senate House
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU 

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In this seminar, Dr Beyani will be exploring the results of this research into the right to seek and obtain asylum under the African human rights instruments, which are also contained in the book Protection of the Right to Seek and Obtain Asylum Under the African Human Rights System (Nijhoff 2013).

The use of international human rights machinery to protect refugees has acquired an important dimension in recent years. This is true of both the United Nations treaty body system and the African, European and Inter-American regional systems of human rights. The result is a dynamic international invigoration of traditional refugee law that, in contradistinction, tends to be applied at the level of national courts and tribunals. Yet the precise role of human rights in the protection of refugees is sometimes viewed with suspicion and uncertainty. This Commentary provides a valuable insight into the use of human rights in the protection of refugees through the prism of the African Human Rights System.

Registration is free but participants must reserve a place here.

Organised by the Refugee Law Initiative (School of Advanced Study, University of London), in collaboration with the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.

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