The Arc of Protection: Toward a New International Refugee Regime

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Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

Wednesday, February 13, 20192:30PM - 4:00PMBloor - 1st floor Boardroom/Round Room/Library, 315 Bloor Street West
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Alex Aleinikoff in conversation with Audrey Macklin and Randall Hansen

Please join the Global Migration Lab for the first in a speaker series examining contemporary issues and challenges in global migration governance. The series is supported by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada in the lead up to the 2019 International Metropolis Conference.

The international refugee regime is broken. Too many people remain refugees for too long, as states in the Global North have cut resettlement programs and adopted policies to deter asylum-seekers while conflicts causing flight go unresolved. To repair and reform the current system, The Arc of Protection (co-authored by T. Alexander Aleinikoff and Leah Zamore) suggests a new focus on refugee rights, autonomy, and mobility and attention to the role that development actors can play in responding to refugee situations. Serious changes are needed at the level of structures and institutions, especially when it comes to global responsibility-sharing. These changes are unlikely to be made by states, who have watched over the decline of the refugee protection system. Reform will require new actors and ultimately political action.

Alex Aleinikoff is University Professor, and has served as Director of the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility at the New School since January 2017. He received a J.D. from the Yale Law School and a B.A. from Swarthmore College.

Alex has written widely in the areas of immigration and refugee law and policy, transnational law, citizenship, race, and constitutional law. In addition to The Arc of Protection, he is the author of Semblances of Sovereignty: The Constitution, the State, and American Citizenship, published by Harvard University Press in 2002. Alex is also a co-author of leading legal casebooks on immigration law and forced migration and host of the podcast, Tempest Tossed (on US immigration policy).

This speaker series is supported in part by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada in the lead up to the 2019 International Metropolis Conference.


T. Alexander Aleinikoff
The New School

Audrey Macklin
Professor & Chair in Human Rights Law, University of Toronto Faculty of Law

Randall Hansen
Interim Director, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

Craig Damian Smith
Associate Director, Global Migration Lab

Main Sponsor

Global Migration Lab


Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Canada Research Chair in Global Migration

Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union

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