The first PIL Talks! is on Thursday 17 Sept at 17.15h and will be about how to think about the refugee crises that spring from violent conflicts and natural disasters, currently extremely pressing due to the conflict in Syria and Iraq. Questions that may come to mind are what the role of law is, can be, or should be, what politics law generates and what law is generated by politics, what role morality has or ceased to have in thinking about refugees. What the role of Europe is. What it matters to call them migrants or refugees. The relationship between conflicts (and intervening in them) and refugee streams. Whether we should think about these issues in terms of law, and as such in terms of rights and obligations, whose then? And what this means for the obligation of other states, such as in the Gulf area. What it means to speak the language of law, and the language of economics (the costs, social benefit structures, employment capacity of a state etc), rather than the language of morality, and why this language of morality is often perceived as irrelevant nowadays. Whether there is a connection (or should be) between intervening in a state militarily and providing for refugees, as a form of ius post bellum for example? Is it justified or even lawful to refuse refugees, or have quota? Is the current way of thinking sustainable in a changing and globalizing world? Is the current system in which refugees have to reach Europe by risking their lives and using organized criminal networks (human traffickers) before they can request refugee status justifiable in a globalized world full of conflict? And why does the EU or the UN for that matter not have a desk in or near crisis areas as soon as they emerge? And undoubtedly many other questions. Professor Thomas Spijkerboer en student Richard Prins will start the discussion off with short pitches, after which the floor is open to all.
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