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Human Rights at the Margins:
The Refugee Crisis and Other Emergencies in a Transatlantic Perspective
Saturday, January 9, 2016, 8:30-10:15 am
The refugee crisis in the Mediterranean has been rightly identified as the most serious legal and political challenge currently facing Europe. The crisis calls into question the legal architecture of the Euorpean Union and tests the limits of policy coordination among the Member States. It calls as well for a reassessment of human rights and classical immigration law as frames for handling structural predicaments in the Global South. The purpose of this panel, co-sponsored by the AALS Sections on International Human Rights and International Law, is to engage US and EU legal scholars in a discussion of ongoing legal responses to the Mediterranean crisis and similar emergencies, with the goal of identifying limitations and possibilities in federal, supranational, or international entities called to the rescue of the lost at sea.
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In addition, there will be a section business meeting following the panel, as well as a section lunch at 12:30 pm (RSVP by Tuesday, January 5, to Daniela Caruso, who can provide further details). On the agenda of the business meeting will be the appointment of new Executive Committee members, the selection of a topic for next year’s program, and a discussion of blog-based initiatives. The section lunch will follow the panel on "Comparative Perspectives on Privacy Law," co-organized by the Section on Comparative Law and the Section on Defamation and Privacy Law, which section members may also wish to attend.