The 1951 Refugee Convention is a landmark international treaty that defines what it means to be a refugee, as well as the rights of—and legal obligations toward—people who have been forcibly displaced across borders. But seventy years on, the Convention deserves scrutiny, as the world grapples with new drivers of mass displacement.
Refugees International invites you to a conversation on the seventieth anniversary of the 1951 Refugee Convention. How are governments interpreting their obligations under the Convention today? Does the Convention adequately address forced displacement resulting from natural hazards, often exacerbated by climate change, gang violence, gender-based violence, and trafficking? Should governments and international organizations be doing more to protect people forced to flee their homes and by what means? How can displaced people themselves be more meaningfully included in decision-making on these issues?
U.S. Representative Joseph D. Neguse will offer introductory remarks. Harold Hongju Koh, Sterling Professor of International Law at Yale Law School and Senior Advisor, Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State, will deliver a keynote address. He will then join Mustafa Alio and Rez Gardi, co-leads of Refugees Seeking Equal Access at the Table (R-SEAT), Refugees International’s President Eric Schwartz, and U.S. Senior Advocate Yael Schacher for a panel discussion. An audience Q&A will follow.
Tuesday July 27, 2021
1:00 to 2:00 pm ET