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The Refugee Convention: Does it still matter?


14 Oct 2021 15:00 to 16:00


Sq. de Meeûs 5
1000  Brussels


Global Europe

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About the online event:

Does the Geneva Convention still matter? Is it still a major reference point, or--as some have argued--has it been largely replaced by newer human rights standards, especially those developed by the European Court of Human Rights and the European Court of Justice? How should the EU’s national governments and European and national courts interpret the Convention in light of the ongoing accusations of migrant ‘push-backs’ at the EU’s external border and the possibility of an influx of refugees from Afghanistan?

To consider these questions, the Martens Centre is pleased to organise a hybrid online / physical event on 14 October 2021 from 15 to 16.00. The event will also serve as the launch of a new Martens Centre study, Back to Geneva: Interpreting the EU’s Human Rights Commitments on Asylum, written by Vladimír Šimoňák and Harald Christian Scheu.

The registration for the attendees at TownHall Europe would start at 14:30.

Welcoming Remarks:

Tomi Huhtanen 
Executive Director, Martens Centre
Harald Christian Scheu
co-author and Lecturer in European law and public international law, Charles University, Prague
Vladimír Šimoňák
co-author and Head of the Crisis Management Unit at the Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bratislava
Moderated by:
Vít Novotný
Senior Research Officer, Martens Centre



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