Holot Detention Centre, Credit: Noureldin Musa [LINK!]

Seminar: ‘No Asylum for ‘infiltrators’: Eritrean and Sudanese Nationals in Israel’

by Reuven Ziegler
2 June, 2015

NCDH 609, McGill University Faculty of Law —

In this talk, Reuven Ziegler explores the precarious status of Eritrean and Sudanese nationals in Israel. Having crossed the Israeli-Egyptian border without authorisation and not through an official border crossing, Israeli law defines such individuals as ‘infiltrators’, a charged term which dates back to border-crossings into Israel by Palestinian Fedayeen in the 1950s. Eritreans and Sudanese nationals constitute over 90 percent of ‘infiltrators’ in Israel. Their livelihood is curtailed through hostility, sanctions, and detention, while Israel refrains from deporting them to their respective countries of origin, recognising that such forced removal could expose them to risks to their lives and/or freedom. The talk argues that the regularisation of asylum in Israel, including legal recognition of ‘refugee’, ‘asylum-seeker’, and ‘beneficiary of subsidiary protection’ statuses, is long due.

Based on a forthcoming article to appear in the Journal of Immigration Asylum and Nationality Law.

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Seminar: The Rights of Migrant Workers: An ILO Perspective

Ryszard Cholewinski
17 April, 2015

Burnside Hall, 805 Sherbrooke West, Montreal, Room 107 —

Ryszard Cholewinski works at the Labour Migration Branch of the Conditions of Work and Equality Department at the International Labour Organization in Geneva.

This event will also streamed via video-conference to York University (Stedman Lecture Hall 120E). Lunch will be provided at both locations.

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Slavery Old and New: Labour Exploitation Through the Ages and Around the Globe

Seminar Series

This joint research initiative, a collaboration between institutes at York and McGill Universities, examines the legal conceptualization of labour exploitation. Through an interdisciplinary, transnational and historical methodology, it draws on a variety of disciplines, spaces in time, and places around the world, to explore law’s understanding of “labour exploitation” and its relationship to society and practices.

For the 2014-15 academic year, the series is co-presented by three organizations: York University’s Harriet Tubman Institute, and the McGill University Faculty of Law’s Institute of Comparative Law, Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law. A fourth organization Labour Law and Development Research Laboratory will join for the fourth installment in this year’s series.

Panel on Australia and Asylum Seekers

1 April, 2015

NCDH 312, McGill University Faculty of Law —

The Asia Pacific Law Association of McGill together with the Hans & Tamar Oppenheimer Chair in Public International law invite you to a panel discussion on Australia’s Response Asylum Seekers, with a particular focus on its offshore solution in the Asia Pacific.

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Seminar: Placing Unfree Labour (Video Posted)

Kendra Strauss at the seminar series, Slavery Old and New: Labour Exploitation Through the Ages and Around the Globe
19 March, 2015

Thursday, March 19, 2015, 1:00 – 2:30 PM

at McGill University and York University via Video Conference

This talk will explore how feminist and legal geographical approaches to unfree labour – in particular forced labour and trafficking – unsettle and potentially enrich legal analyses of regulatory regimes. In it, I explore two dimensions of unfreedom in contemporary labour markets that have received less attention than issues of implementation and enforcement. First, I examine how jurisdiction constructs, and is produced by, socio-spatial processes that are more-than-territorial, and which normatively shape what counts as work and who counts as a worker. Second, I apply these insights to an examination of how climate change, as a set of processes that overflow state boundaries and produce localized, material vulnerabilities to forced labour and trafficking, might problematize approaches that posit de-territorialization as the solution to jurisdictional conundrums.

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