Statelessness: Theory and Practice Conference

9:00am - 5:00pm / Monday 9th July 2018
Type: Conference / Category: Research
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  • Suitable for: Legal practitioners, academics, people affected by statelessness, activists and policy makers
  • Admission: £20 per day
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The University of Liverpool Law Clinic and Asylum Aid invite you to a conference "Statelessness: Theory and Practice", in the University of Liverpool in London Campus, Finsbury Square on 9th & 10th July 2018.

This two day conference brings together legal practitioners, academics, people affected by statelessness, activists and policy makers. The format includes short talks, longer workshops, videos, poster display and free time for creative discussions.


Statelessness: challenges and opportunities, theory and practice

Monday 9th July (£20)

9.30am – Registration (and sign up to workshops)

10-11:00am Introduction: Statelessness practice and policy work in the UK (Cynthia Orchard, Sarah Woodhouse), UNHCR view (Gonzalo Vargas Llosa), Statelessness Index on research (Nina Murray), UK practice (Jo Bezzano)

11.20-1:00pm Overview of theoretical approaches to statelessness (Tendayi Bloom), Global issues and mechanisms (Amal de Chickera), key challenges in practice (David Baluarte, Sayed Alwadaei, Nasser Al-Anezy, Yoana Kuzmova)

2-3.30pm Open session: posters, videos, networking activities

3.30- 5:00pm Choice of workshops:
a. Strategic litigation – convened by Nicole Garbin and panel OR b. "Refugee children's forgotten right to a nationality: why is it difficult and how to use international and European law to make it real?" - Gabor Gyulai OR c. Country focus workshop

Evening session and reception (free but please sign up for numbers)

5.15-5.45pm Keynote speech: Alison Harvey, barrister

5.45 – 7.30pm Launch of report on Law Clinic statelessness work: Jo Bezzano, Sue Lukes of the Strategic Litigation Fund

Tuesday 10th July (£20)

9.30am Registration (and sign up to workshops)

10 – 11.15am Statelessness and refugees (Eric Fripp), deprivation of citizenship (Amanda Weston), developments in Africa (Bronwen Manby)

11.30 – 1:00pm Current issues in statelessness – Tendayi Bloom in conversation with Phillip Cole, Kelly Staples, Nando Sigona, Zahra Albazari

1-2.30pm Lunch and Ask Anything/Build a Library sessions – speakers available to take any questions

2.30-3.30pm Choice of workshops:
c. Detention and unremovability convened by Chris Nash OR d. How not to talk about statelessness: communicating to effect change - Jan Brulc and Colin Yeo

4-5:00pm Choice of workshops: f. In-depth look at statelessness applications in the UK, convened by Mikhil Karnik and Jo Bezzano OR g. Childhood statelessness, registration and naturalisation convened by Steve Valdez-Symonds

All sessions subject to possible changes/substitutions.

If you wish to display a poster please print in A2 or A1, portrait or landscape. Posters should relate to the statelessness theme of the conference. They will be attached by way of pins to a poster board. Please email by 2nd July at 5pm to let me know that you wish to display a poster and what theme, size and orientation it will be.