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Sharing Responsibility for Refugees

Friday, April 16, 2021 @ 8:15 am - 2:00 pm

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The 2018 Global Compact on Refugees enshrines the principle of responsibility sharing, to help the handful of developing countries that host the vast majority of the world’s refugees. But the United States, and other wealthy countries, are also pioneering “responsibility dumping” arrangements, that instead exacerbate global inequities and threaten the rights of refugees. The panelists will explore the political economy of responsibility sharing, including the role of race in its legal development and implementation. We will consider international templates of responsibility sharing, and study how responsibility sharing arrangements might be used by states to evade their duties. We will imagine possible futures of responsibility sharing, including new ways of defining its key components and its scope, both across and within international borders.

California Law Review Event Page: https://www.californialawreview.org/event/responsibility-sharing-symposium/


Opening Remarks – 8:15 AM
Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, Berkeley Law

Panel 1: Race and Responsibility Sharing –
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

  • An Empire Theory of Asylum

Speaker: Prof. Tendayi E. Achiume, UCLA Law
Discussant: Prof. Saira Mohamed, Berkeley Law

  • Hidden Costs: Interrogating Market-Based Burden Sharing

Speaker: Prof. Jennifer Chacón, UCLA Law
Discussant: Prof. Peter H. Schuck, Yale Law 

Panel 2: International Templates of Responsibility Sharing –
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

  • Instruments of Evasion: The Global Dispersion of Rights-Restricting Migration Policies

Speaker: Prof. Ayelet Shachar, Toronto Law (Co-Author: Professor Ran Hirschl, Toronto Law)
Discussant: Prof. David Singh Grewal, Berkeley Law

Panel 3: The Future of Responsibility Sharing –
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

  • Responsibility Sharing Within Borders

    Speaker: Prof. Seth Davis, Berkeley Law
    Discussant: Prof. Leti Volpp, Berkeley Law

  • Principles for Responsibility Sharing: Proximity, Culpability and Capability

Speaker: Prof. Michael Doyle, Columbia University (Co-Authors: Janine Prantl and Mark Wood)
Discussant: Prof. Kate Jastram, UC Hastings Law

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Friday, April 16, 2021
8:15 am - 2:00 pm

Events are wheelchair accessible. For disability-related accommodations, contact the organizer of the event. Advance notice is kindly requested.

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