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The University of Nottingham Human Rights Law Centre (HRLC) Annual Student Human Rights Conference, organised by a student committee, is a great opportunity for early career researchers, students, academics, practitioners and the general public to participate in discussions and learning about human rights law and practice. The 21st HRLC Annual Conference will be taking place on 13 March 2020 on Forced to Flee: when migration is the only alternative.

The phenomenon of forced migration has existed for centuries. However, over the past few years, it has been steadily increasing to the point that we are currently facing the record number of 70,8 million internally displaced persons and refugees (UNHCR 2019). Therefore, forced displacement can rightfully be considered one of the most serious humanitarian crises of our time.

The Conference aims to analyse the reasons that cause people to leave their life, their home and their country, as well as identify the consequences of this phenomenon. Furthermore, the conference will question the role that states and the international community play in this issue.

Alongside a range of high quality postgraduate student presentations, experts on forced migration will be attending, including:

Ms Gillian Triggs –UNHCR Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant High Commissioner for Protection
Ms Rossella Pagliuchi-Lor – UNHCR’s Representative to the UK
Professor Geoff Gilbert – Professor of International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, University of Essex
Professor Marie-Benedicte Dembour – Professor of Law and Anthropology and member of the Human Rights Centre, Ghent University
M. Matteo de Bellis – Researcher at Amnesty International
Ms Deidre Sheehan – Director at Paragon Law Solicitors

Early bird registrations are available via the online store until 1 March 2020.

University of Nottingham student: £10
Other student: £15
Other delegate: £30
Refugees/Asylum seekers: Free attendance. Please contact [email protected] for tickets.

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