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2014-2015 Joint Speaker Series: Seeking Asylum in North America

CWSL-IICAS/UCSD Speakers Series 2014-2015
“Seeking Asylum in North America”

About the Series

A pillar of the international human rights regime is the right of individuals not to be returned to their country of origin because of their actual or well-founded fear of persecution on account of their race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.

Since the end of the Cold War, asylum has become an increasingly important part of immigration policy. Successful annual claims in the United States rose from a low of 5000 in 1991 to more than 29,000 in 2012.

This speaker series will examine the dynamic national systems of asylum law in Canada and the United States and their interactions with other governments, civil society actors, and individuals throughout North America.

Speaker Events Schedule

September 18, 2014
Hon. Rico J. Bartolomei, Assistant Chief Immigration Judge
“The Life Cycle of an Asylum Petition”
California Western School of Law — Room 2G, 12:10 p.m.

October 16, 2014
Yvette López, Esq.
Immigration Attorney
“Asylum in the United States:  A Tour of Latin America and the Continent’s Claims”
UC San Diego, Eleanor Roosevelt College — Room 115, 4:00 p.m.

January 22, 2015
Professor James C. Hathaway, Director, Program in Refugee and Asylum Law, University of Michigan
“What Makes a Political Refugee ‘Political’?”
UC San Diego, Eleanor Roosevelt College — Room 115, 4:00 p.m.

February 12, 2015
Dr. Everard Meade, Director, Trans-Border Institute, University of San Diego
“Children of Impunity and Ignominy: Recognizing Refugees from the Hemispheric Drug War”
California Western School of Law — Room 2F, 12:10 p.m.

February 26, 2015
Kristina Touzenis, Head of International Migration Unit, International Organization for Migration, Geneva, Switzerland
“Asylum, International Migration Law, and the Challenges for the Future”
12:10 p.m.
California Western School of Law Lecture Hall 1

May 7, 2015
Professor Galya Ruffer, Director, Center for Forced Migration Studies at the Buffett Center, Northwestern University
“Gaming Refugee Status for Central Americans? Decision Rules, Application and the Refugee Status Determination Process of U.S. Hearing Officers”
UC San Diego, Eleanor Roosevelt College — Room 115, 4:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the International Legal Studies Program at California Western School of Law and the Institute for International, Comparative and Area Studies at UC San Diego. Co-sponsored by Center for Comparative Immigration Studies and the Scholars Strategy Network.

Logos for: California Western School of Law, IICAS at UC San Diego, CCIS, and SSN