Call for Papers: Understanding solidarity under international and EU refugee law: between a rock and a hard place?



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ESIL Interest Group on Migration and Refugee Law


The European Society of International Law (ESIL) Interest Group (IG) on Migration and Refugee Law is organizing a side event on 15April 2021 (Thursday) in Catania (Italy) in the framework of this year’s ESIL Research Forum in Catania (“Solidarity. The Quest for Founding Utopias of International Law”), which targets scholars at an early stage of their careers.

This year’s theme of the ESIL Research Forum concerns the role of solidarity in the fabric of international law as well as in its different branches of law. The IG MigRefLaw will pick up this topic by focusing on solidarity in the context of migration, notably this concept’s meaning and functions under international and EU refugee law.

The IG MigRefLaw acting as the organising committee for this event, in cooperation with the Academy of Law and Migration (ADiM) at the University of Tuscia (Viterbo), therefore welcomes proposals for papers addressing mainly (but not limited to) the following themes:

- Solidarity as a chameleon concept in refugee law: the relationship between fair burden sharing, responsibility-sharing and solidarity:

- Balancing between responsibility and solidarity in migration and asylum: regional perspectives;

- Solidarity as a legal principle in the EU legal order: challenges in the migration/asylum context and the role of courts;

- The New York Declaration, the Global Compact on Refugees and fair burden sharing: is there anything new under the sun?;

- Migration and solidarity in crisis situations: examples, narratives, and normative claims;

- Migration at sea and solidarity: an emerging lex specialis?;

- Criminalization of solidarity with migrants and refugees.

The IG MigRefLaw invites submissions of abstracts, written in English or French, of no more than 500 words. Applications should be submitted to by 10 March 2021, with a short curriculum vitae containing the author’s name, institutional affiliation, contact information (e-mail and phone number), and whether the applicant is member of ESIL. Selected speakers will be notified by 25 March via e-mail.

After the selection process, we are not aiming for fully-fledged papers from the selected speakers but for contributions of up to 3000-3500 words (extended abstracts). The eventual short papers (extended abstracts) should be sent to the IG conveners by 10 April 2021 in order to circulate them amongst the panellists prior to the workshop.

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