EVENT: IALS – Towards a Working Definition of Persecution

Posted January 8th, 2014 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘Why, more than 60 years on, is there still no agreed definition of the term “being persecuted” within Article 1A(2) of the 1951 Refugee Convention? In this talk, based on an article in a forthcoming book , I will argue that the time is long overdue for attempting a working definition. Upon analysis, the warnings voiced by the drafters and others against defining persecution only constitute a valid criticism of certain approaches to definition; and, indeed, it will be argued that much of the groundwork for a valid working definition has already been done; and, as a result of Directive 2004/83/EC (the Refugee Qualification Directive (QD)), there is now for the first time a template that can be taken as a starting-point for a universal definition.’

Date: 12th March 2014, 5.30-7.30pm

Location: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR

Charge: Free, registration required

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