A dried-up mangrove swamp in Cancun, Mexico. Photo: Juan Novelo (c) DPA - Bildfunk

The Concept of ”Climate Migration” in International Law

by Benoit Mayer
23 March, 2016

Political narratives on climate or environmental migration have been deployed in support of policy arguments relating to humanitarian assistance, migration, climate change, or to promote national security or economic interests. But if climate change certainly has various impacts on human mobility, it does not appear to create distinct “climate migrants” or (in general) unprecedented migration scenarios. This presentation by Benoit Mayer on the Concept of “Climate Migration” explores these narratives and assesses their prospects. It argues that although such arguments will influence global governance, they will not necessarily achieve what advocates hope for. Throughout the discussion, it appears that the weaknesses of the concept of “climate migration” are likely to be utilized in favour of repressive policies against migration or for the defence of industrial nations against perceived threats from the Third World.

Where: Room 316, New Chancellor Day Hall
McGill Faculty of Law
When: March 23rd (11:30 am – 1:00 pm)

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  The Majids and other refugees followed a railroad track as they walked toward the Hungarian border on August 30. Photo: Mauricio Lima for the NYT.

Dilemmatic Adjudication: Europe’s Refugee Crisis and the Question of Migrant Rights

by Moritz Baumgärtel
22 March, 2016

While recently making major headlines, the arrival of substantive numbers of asylum seekers to Europe has been a pressing political issue for a longer time. This presentation will discuss the role of law in this context as being torn between, on the one hand, increasingly restrictive migration policies and, on the other hand, difficult individual situations of many migrants which raises legal questions about the protection of fundamental rights. Looking at the case law of the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the EU, the argument will be made that this tension is permanent rather than temporary and that adjudication has thus turned indelibly “dilemmatic”. In other words, the European courts uphold rights guarantees only partially, temporarily or limited to specific contexts, thereby enabling governments and national judiciaries to limit the impact of its rulings. To illustrate the point, this presentation will draw several examples from case law dealing with the scope of international protection, the EU’s Dublin regulation and family reunification.

Where: Room 316, New Chancellor Day Hall
McGill Faculty of Law
When: March 22nd (1:00-2:30 pm)

Event organised in collaboration with the Immigration portfolio of the McGill Human Rights Working Group.

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Gouvernance européenne et migration

par Nicolas Levrat
21 March, 2016

La Chaire Oppenheimer, en collaboration avec la Chaire Peter MacKell sur le fédéralisme, est fière d’accueillir le Professeur Nicolas Levrat pour un séminaire à la Faculté de droit de l’Université McGill.

Quand: le lundi 21 mars (13h00 – 14h30)
: Salle 316, New Chancellor Day Hall
Faculté de droit de l’Université McGill

Un léger lunch sera servi à compter de 12h45.

Pour plus d’informations, veuillez communiquer avec oppenheimer.law@mcgill.ca

  From left to right: Louise Otis, Michael Brown, Marie-Joëlle Zahar, and John Packer.

Peace Mediation: the Work of the UN Standby Team of Mediation Experts

with Michael Brown, John Packer & Marie-Joëlle Zahar
15 February, 2016

The McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism and the Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law are pleased to welcome three mediation experts at the Faculty of Law of McGill University. The panelists, who were all members of the United Nations Standby Team, a group of experts that can be rapidly deployed to provide technical advice to UN officials leading conflict prevention efforts, will discuss the role and function of peace mediation and reflect on some of their personal experiences.

Where: Room 100 – Moot Court, New Chancellor Day Hall
McGill Faculty of Law, 3644 Peel street, Montreal
When: February 15, 2016 (1:00 – 2:30 PM)

The panel will be chaired by Louise Otis, civil and commercial mediator and arbitrator, adjunct professor at McGill University’s Faculty of Law, and retired Justice of the Quebec Court of Appeal.

Please note that the event will be bilingual.

Update: Visit the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism website to watch the Webcast of the conference.

Portrait of Michael BrownMichael Brown – Land & Natural Resource Conflicts Expert
Professor of Practice in Conflict Mediation, Institute for the Study of International Development (McGill University)

Michael Brown is a Professor of Practice in Conflict Mediation at McGill University, a Senior Expert on Natural Resources, Environmental Diplomacy and Mediation for the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). He held the position of Senior Mediation Expert on Land and Natural Resource Conflicts on the UN Department of Political Affairs’ (DPA) Standby Mediation Team for two years.

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Is there room for human rights considerations in free-trade agreements?

by Thomas Cottier
28 January, 2016

The McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism is pleased to welcome Thomas Cottier for a talk at the Faculty of Law of McGill University.

When: January 28th, 3:30-5:00pm
Where: Room 609, New Chancellor Day Hall
3644 Peel Street, Montreal

This talk will touch on:

– Labour rights and the protection of the rights of workers
– Migrant workers’ rights and the protection of a mobile workforce
– Trade with countries who are committing gross human rights violations