This seminar series questions the relationship between international migration and human rights commitments. Some migration issues are commonly framed in terms of human rights, such as the protection of refugees, family reunification and the protection of the victims of trafficking. Human rights norms and ideals are also frequently invoked to challenge states’ harsh treatment of migrants, in particular detention, albeit with limited success. Yet, in other contexts, state sovereignty appears to be given great sway, and the connections between international migration and human rights are less apparent.
The series aims to re-examine familiar issues in a new light, and open up new frontiers in the interaction between international migration and human rights. The series will bring together speakers from a wide range of disciplines (law, politics, economics and sociology) working on the theoretical, normative and empirical dimensions of these issues.
The seminars will address the following (and many other!) questions:
How do human rights commitments constrain and shape states’ policies on different types of international migration? How do human rights commitments limit states’ border control prerogatives, the power to control entry and power to deport?
Why do so few countries ratify the UN’s 1990 Convention on the Rights of Migrant workers? What explains the large gap between the rights of migrants stipulated in international human rights law and the rights that most migrants experience in practice?
What are the pitfalls of human rights law and discourse for migrants? Do they serve to legitimate the status quo, masking injustice? Or do they present a transformative opportunity?
Is there a tension between nation states’ openness to labour immigration and the rights that migrant workers are granted after admission? If so, what are the implications for international and national policy debates about labour migration and migrant rights?
How is the notion of ‘being illegal’ to be reconciled with states’ duties to respect and protect the human rights of all on people on their territory?
Does human rights protection inevitably pit courts against democratic legislatures and governments jealous to maintain administrative discretion in immigration policy? Are judges running amok in protecting migrants from removal? Or should they go further and develop a human right to regularisation? Should security of residence be recognised as a human right?
In Defense of the Migrant Workers Convention: Standard Setting for Contemporary Migration
Bernard Ryan, University of Kent
Trafficking and the protection of human rights. Full of sound and fury, but what does it signify?
Bridget Anderson, COMPAS, University of Oxford
Integrating the human rights of migrants into the global governance of migration: the 2013 High-Level Dialogue and beyond
Border Regimes and Human Rights
David Miller, University of Oxford
Do Human Rights Treaties Help or Hurt Asylum-Seekers?: The U.K. Case
Stephen Meili, University of Minnesota
The Right to Work of Irregular Migrants
Virginia Mantouvalou, UCL
The Price of Rights. Labour immigration policy and the rights of migrant workers
Martin Ruhs, CONTED and COMPAS, University of Oxford
Security of Residence as a Human Right, or How Courts Should Regularise those Migrants Who are Here to Stay
Cathryn Costello, University of Oxford
Hilary Term 2018
Michaelmas Term 2017
Trinity Term 2017
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Michaelmas Term 2015
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