June 2018 Newsletter

18 June, 2018

June Newsletter

This month’s newsletter includes various exciting events and resources ranging from migration to statelessness.  For commentary on news, publications and other event updates, we invite you to consult the Oppenheimer Chair blog.


Global Labour and the Migrant Premium – The Cost of Working Abroad.

Soon to be published by Routledge, this book provides the first systematic account of the premium costs that migrants pay to live and work abroad. To pre-order the book, click here.

Governing Diversity – Migrant Integration and Multiculturalism in North America and Europe.

This publications addresses the relationship between cultural diversity resulting from migration and social cohesion and social justice within Western societies. Make sure to read the chapter Professor François Crépeau’s authored, “Canadian Multiculturalism in Question: Diversity or Citizenship.” To access it, please click here.

Securitization of Search and Rescue  at Sea: The Response to Boat Migration in the Mediterranean and Offshore Australia.

Published in the International & Comparative Law Quarterly, this article compares the law and practice of the  European Union and Australia in respect to the search and  rescue of boat migrants, concluding that the response to  individuals in peril at sea in both  jurisdictions is becoming increasingly securitized. To read the full article, please click here.

Immigration Detention, Inc.

This article draws the connection between economic inequality and U.S. system-wide immigration detention policy. The authors argue that the extensive use of detention in for-profit prisons by the US department of Homeland Security raises issues of economic power and powerlessness. The authors link the influence of wealthy private prison corporation to the expansion of detention in facilities that are akin to those offered by the private prison industry. To read the full article, please click here.

Making Refugees Work? The Politics of Integrating Syrian refugees into the Labour Market in Jordan.

This article outlines how Syrian refugees are no longer framed merely as object of humanitarian care but are rather increasingly portrayed as enterprising subjects, whose formal integration into labour markets can simultaneously create self-sufficient actors and cure the economic woes of host countries. To read the full article, please click here.

From Right to Permission: Asylum, Mediterranean Migrations, and Europe’s War on Smuggling.

This article argues that the European Union and its member states have transformed the right to asylum into a state granted permission through their efforts to curb unauthorized maritime migrant arrivals. The author, Maurizio Albahari, provides evidence that state actors’ deployment of an anti-smuggling discourse has not significantly curbed maritime arrivals but has resulted in the deaths of thousands of people. The full paper is available here.


La politique migratoire en Europe.

Professor Crépeau is interviewed on “Matin Première,” where he discusses migration policy in Europe. To watch the interview, please click here.

Politiques migratoires: pourquoi l’Europe n’arrive pas à réfléchir sur le long terme?

Last week, Professor Crépeau was interviewed by “Le Soir.” He discusses why Europe should look at the long term benefits of migration when assessing their migration policies. To read the interview, please click here.

Videos & Podcasts

Migrant Dreams.

Director Min Sook Lee’s award-winning documentary tears a rupture in the myth of ‘Canada the Good.’ It foregrounds the voices of migrant voices who work in farms in Canada through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program and opens a conversation about the relationship between labour, gender, race, class and settlement. The documentary is now available on TVO.


This podcast explores what it means when you are not legally a citizen of the country where you were born or in any other country. Statelessness affects the lives of over 10 million people globally, including 3.5 million people from the Rohingya community. The authors of this podcast aim to better understand statelessness,  raise awareness and find ways to create identity through new technologies.To listen to the podcast, please click here.


Challenging Migrant Detention: Human Rights, Advocacy and Mental Health

On June 19-21, please join researchers, advocates, lawyers, clinicians, decision-makers and migrants from around the world to explore global trends and avenues for change in immigration detention. Speakers include: our very own François Crépeau, McGill University, former UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants; Mary Bosworth, University of Oxford; Jean-Nicolas Beuze, UNHCR; Guglielmo Schinina, IOM; representatives of the International Detention Coalition, Human Rights Watch, Human Rights First, End Immigration Detention Network, and many others. Please register here.

World Refugee Day

On June 20th at 5pm, the Montreal Holocaust Museum is organizing a special evening about the experiences of people who came to Canada as refugees. There will also be a guided tour of our temporary exhibit, “United Against Genocide: Understand, Question, Prevent” at 6:30 pm. To register for this event, please register here.

Submit Resources

If you or your organization wishes to submit resources to be featured in this newsletter, we would like to encourage you to submit them, including a brief description, by sending them to: oppenheimer@mcgill.ca

Thank you for reading. Wishing you a great month. Until next time.

Your Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law team.

May 2018 Newsletter

25 May, 2018

Dear all,

We invite you to check out the resources that we have flagged for you this month. This May, the newsletter features a range of resources on migration and human rights.


Refugee Law’s Fact-Finding Crisis: Truth, Risk, and the Wrong Mistake.

Recently published by Cambridge University Press, Hilary Evans Cameron’s book provides the first full account of what Canadian jurisprudence is trying to accomplish in a refugee hearing. She demonstrates how a hole in the law’s normative foundations is contributing to the dysfunction of one of the world’s most respected refugee determination systems, and may well be undermining refugee protection across the globe. The author uses her findings to propose a new legal model of refugee status decision-making.

In Search of Protection: Unaccompanied Minors in Italy.

Authored by Pietro Demurtas, this book explores the issue of unaccompanied minors arriving in Italy and how Italy has responded to their need for protection. In providing a statistical overview of unaccompanied minors in Italy between 2014 and 2017, the author examines three categories of unaccompanied minors: those who request political asylum, those in government reception facilities who do not, and those who have left reception centers without seeking asylum and have become “untraceable.”

“Death would have been better”: Europe continues to fail refugees and migrants in Libya.

Written by Izza Leghtas, this report describes the harrowing experiences of people detained in Libya’s notoriously abusive immigration detention centers. The report is based on interviews conducted in February 2018 with asylum seekers and refugees who have been evacuated by UNHCR from detention centers in Libya to Niger, where they await resettlement to a third country.

When People Flee: Rule of Law and Forced Migration.

Written by Paula Rudnicka and Elizabeth Ferris and published by the American Bar Association Rule, this paper explore the complex relationship between the rule of law and forced migration. It highlights the ways in which the rule of law development can strengthen and potentially transform the response to the global displacement crisis.


Update on Human Rights.

This conference provides the attendees with the latest information on the latest developments and insights on helpful strategies on handling current issues in human rights. This event is organized by The Ontario Bar Association and will take place on May 31st 2018 at the Twenty Toronto Street Conferences in Toronto, Canada. If you’re interested in attending, please refer to the event page.

Submit Resources

If you or your organization wishes to submit resources to be featured in this newsletter, we would like to encourage you to submit them, including a brief description, by sending them to: oppenheimer@mcgill.ca

Thank you for reading. Wishing you a great month. Until next time.

Your Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law team.


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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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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