8th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS)

 

CARFMS15: Advancing Protection And Fostering Belonging In A Global Era Of The Criminalization Of Migration

Hosted by the Department of Criminology, Ryerson University in collaboration with the Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement (RCIS)

May 13-15, 2015

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Day 1:

Opening Ceremonies / Cérémonie d’ouverture

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Opening Remarks / Mots de Bienvenue:

  • Idil Atak, President of CARFMS, Department of Criminology, Ryerson University
  • Dr. Jean-Paul Boudreau, Dean, Faculty of Arts, Ryerson University

Keynote address / Conférence : Keynote address / Conférence: The Vision and Values Necessary for a Just and Equitable Refugee and Asylum Policy for Canada: Learning from Our Past to Build our Future Together

Olivia Chow, Distinguished Visiting Professor, Ryerson University, and Former Member of Parliament and Toronto City Councillor

Round Table Discussion: Recent Jurisprudential Trends in the Interpretation of the Exclusion Clauses in Canada: Dramatic Changes or Subtle Shifts?

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Chair: Furio de Angelis, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Representative in Canada

Participants:

  • Nancy Weisman, Senior Counsel, Refugee Appeal Division, Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB)
  • Joseph Rikhof, Senior Counsel and Manger of the Law, Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Unit, Justice Canada, Ottawa
  • James C. Simeon, Associate Professor, CRS Scholar, Director, School of Public Policy and Administration, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University
  • Lorne Waldman, Barrister and Solicitor, President of Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers
  • Jennifer Bond, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa

CARFMS-International Association of Refugee Law Judges – (IARLJ) Special Plenary Session on “The State of International Refugee Law in the World Today”

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Chair: Justice Katelijne Declerck, Council for Alien Law Litigation, Belgium and President of IARLJ

Participants:

  • Justice Russel Zinn, Federal Court of Canada
  • Lori Scialabba, Deputy Director, US Citizenship and Immigration Services and Vice-President of the IARLJ
  • Judge Judith Gleeson, Upper Tribunal Judge, The Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber), Field House, London
  • Justice Isaac Lenaola, Constitutional Chamber, High Court, Kenya, and the UN Special Court of Sierra Leone
  • Linda Kirk, Sub-Dean, Graduate Certificate of Migration Law, Australian National University (ANU) College of Law, and Head of the Australasia Chapter of the IARLJ
  • Martin Treadwell, Deputy Chairperson, New Zealand Immigration and Protection Tribunal
  • Furio De Angelis, UNHRC Representative for Canada
  • Ahmed Essa Arbee, Head of the IARLJ Africa Chapter and former Chairperson of the South Africa Refugee Appeal Board

Round Table Discussion 1: Economic Integration and Refugee Resettlement

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Chair : Kerith Paul, Program Coordinator, Client Support Services, YMCA of Greater Toronto

Discussants:

  • Howard Adelman, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, York University
  • Naomi Alboim, Fellow and Adjunct Professor, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University
  • Francisco Rico-Martinez, Co-Director, FCJ Refugee Centre

Opening Remarks / Mots de Bienvenue

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Dr. Mohamed Lachemi, Provost and Vice President Academic, Ryerson University

Public Lecture / Conférence Publique: From Enforced Closure to Regulated Mobility: The Need for a Paradigm Shift in Migration Policies

Prof. François Crépeau, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, Chair of the Coordination Committee of the United Nations Human Rights Special Procedures, Hans & Tamar Oppenheimer Professor in Public International Law, Faculty of Law, McGill University

Public Lecture / Conférence Publique: From Enforced Closure to Regulated Mobility: The Need for a Paradigm Shift in Migration Policies (part 2)

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Prof. François Crépeau, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, Chair of the Coordination Committee of the United Nations Human Rights Special Procedures, Hans & Tamar Oppenheimer Professor in Public International Law, Faculty of Law, McGill University

Day 2: 

Special Plenary Session on “Advancing Protection and the Rights of Refugees in a Global Era of the Criminalization of Migration”

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Chair: Dr. François Crépeau, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, Hans & Tamar Oppenheimer Professor in Public International Law, Faculty of Law, McGill University

Participants:

  • Peter Goodspeed, Award Winning Journalist, The National Post, 2014 Atkinson Fellow in Public Policy, The Toronto Star
  • Sharry Aiken, Professor, Associate Dean, Research & Graduate Studies, Faculty of Law, Queen’s University
  • Lorne Waldman, Barrister and Solicitor, President of Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL)

Day 3:

Welcome and Opening remarks

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Opening Remarks / Mots de Bienvenue: Dr. Harald Bauder, Academic Director, Ryerson Centre for Immigration & Settlement (RCIS)
Announcement of the 2016 CARFMS Conference: Stephanie Stobbe, Associate Professor in Conflict Resolution Studies, Menno Simons College, University of Winnipeg

Keynote address / Conférence : Keynote address / Conférence: The Role of the Federal Court in the Canadian Refugee Determination Process

Justice Anne Mactavish, Federal Court Canada

 

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