François Crépeau at the London Conference on June 2, 2015.

Policy-Making in a Fragmented World

François Crépeau at the London Conference 2015
1 June, 2015

François Crépeau was a panelist at the London Conference 2015 of the Chatham House. Alongside Professor Simon Anholt, Margaret MacMillan and Dr Shashi Tharoor, he discussed the impact of globalization on sovereign states. Are sovereign states still fit for purpose as the basic building blocks of international order? Can regional organizations or other supranational bodies provide a real alternative to, or attain the same legitimacy as, the familiar state model?

You can watch the full session and François Crépeau’s presentation (starting at 20:25) below:

For more information about this conference, please visit: Chatham House – The Royal Institute of International Affairs.

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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Symposium: Facilitating Mobility, Fostering Diversity: The Challenges of Contemporary Migration Policies in a Free-Trade Context

17 February, 2015

A free one-day symposium at McGill University

When: Tuesday, 17 February, 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM, reception to follow
Where: Thomson House Ballroom, 3650 McTavish, Montreal
Registration: for organizational purposes, please RSVP to

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End of Mission Statement: Migrants and the Mediterranean

François Crépeau, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants
5 February, 2015

“Banking on mobility to regain control of EU borders”

5 February 2015 (original posting)

Banking on mobility

Banking on mobility means that the overall goal is to have most migrants using official channels to enter and stay in Europe. For that, European Union (EU) member states must accept that migrants will come, no matter what, because there are either push factors or pull factors for them to do so. Any attempt at “sealing” borders, as the nationalist populist discourse stridently calls for, i.e. preventing irregular migrants from entering the EU without offering many more legal avenues for migration, will continue to fail on a massive scale. Sealing international borders is impossible, as Italy has recently recognised, and migrants will continue arriving despite all efforts to stop them, often at a terrible cost in lives and suffering.

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