LCIL Workshop: Complicity and Exclusion from Asylum – Call for Abstracts

The Lauterpacht Centre for International Law is hosting a one-day workshop, sponsored by the Refugee Law Initiative (RLI), on the topic of‘Complicity and Exclusion from Asylum’ which is to be held on:

Friday 29 June 2018 – 9 am to 5.30 pm

The aim of the workshop is to engage in a thorough discussion of this topic through a number of papers selected on the basis of this call for abstracts.

The 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees provides in Article 1F that the Convention does not apply to ‘any person with respect to whom there are serious reasons for considering that’ the person has committed a crime against peace, a war crime, a crime against humanity; has committed a serious non-political crime outside the country of refuge prior to admission as a refugee or has been guilty of acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations. But what does it mean to have ‘committed’ or to have been ‘guilty’ of acts?

This workshop examines how the notion of ‘complicity’ has been understood in the interpretation and application of international refugee law and how this compares with the understanding of ‘complicity’ in international criminal law, international humanitarian law and public international law more generally. It will also engage with concerns that have emerged with respect to complicity and exclusion from refugee protection.

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