Report from international research symposium on migration law

The first research symposium under the Lund/Uppsala Migration Law Network (L/UMIN) was arranged on 6-7 October 2014. The Faculty of Law at Lund University hosted the symposium.

The town of Lund was set in brightful autumn colors as it welcomed a number of 33 researchers from Europe and North America to present and discuss their ongoing research work at the L/UMIN symposium, held between the 6th and the 7th of October 2014. The symposium marked the start of the LUMIN project.

Informality is key here: no keynotes, no tuxedos. But wonderful company and the serendipity of autumn days in Lund, said the organizers Gregor Noll (Lund University) and Rebecca Thorburn Stern (Uppsala University) when welcoming and introducing the participants to the symposium.

The programme of the symposium was scheduled in such a way to make it possible for senior and junior researchers to meet over the common but differentiated challenge of producing arguments in texts. Besides discussing ongoing research work, the symposium also strived to encourage new ways of thinking about how legal issues concerning migration could be addressed from both a practical, policy-making and academic perspective.

Broad discussions – both in and outside of the lecture hall
The research projects presented at the symposium touched upon several different areas of migration law. A selection of the materials presented at the symposium where for instance Dr. Bas Schotel’s (University of Amsterdam) historical exploration of the conditions for legal protection of refugees, Professor Rosemary Byrne (Trinity College Dublin) depicted on how the evolution of social media affects the determination of refugee status, and doctoral candidate Vladislava Stoyanova (Lund University) held an interesting presentation about the positive obligation of adopting an effective regulatory framework for protecting migrants.

The function of the symposium was not strictly about academic research. In addition to inspiring academic research, the symposium also had an important function in gathering a group of migration law researchers that are often scattered around the world. Besides the common lunch and coffee breaks, the symposium’ participants also had a valuable opportunity to share experiences and make acquaintances over dinner which was served after the first day of presentations.

See you next year – in Uppsala!
So how should this year’s L/UMIN symposium be summarized? The organizers as well as the participants were very pleased with how the symposium proceeded. Notably, among other things, was that the number of participants rose as the days of the meeting approached. Next symposium within the L/UMIN project will be held in May next year. It is therefore now time for Lund to hand over the baton to the Faculty of Law at Uppsala University who will be organizing the Nordic Asylum Law Seminar.

Download the programme of the symposium (pdf).

Download list of papers presented at the symposium (pdf).

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