Refugees & Migrants: the role of Judges & Lawyers (Panel Discussion)

The ICJ organised a panel discussion on 8 June 2017, on the role of judges and lawyers in relation to refugees and migrants, at a side event to the 35th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

The Panel was held on the occasion of the publication of ICJ Principles and Commentary on the topic, developed in consultation with judges, lawyers and other expert practitioners from around the world.

The event took place on Thursday, 8 June 2017, from 10:30 to 11:30, in Room XXI of the Palais des Nations, Geneva.

Welcome remarks were delivered by:

  • Saman Zia-Zarifi, Secretary General of the ICJ.
  • Olivier Coutau, Délégué à la Genève internationale, Republic and Canton of Geneva

Panelists included:

  • François Crépeau, UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants.
  • Carole Simone Dahan, Senior Legal Advisor on Judicial Engagement, UNHCR.
  • Pia Oberoi, Advisor on Migration and Human Rights, OHCHR.

The discussion was moderated by Matt Pollard, ICJ Senior Legal Adviser.

At the event, each of the panelists emphasised the importance of access to independence courts and lawyers for securing the rights of refugees and migrants, and highlighted the importance and utlity of the ICJ Principles in this regard.

More background on the ICJ Principles and Commentary is available by clicking here.

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A flyer for the event may be downloaded in PDF format here: Refugees-Migrants-ICJ-Event-HRC35-June2017

The consultations, development and publication of the ICJ Principles were made possible with the financial support of the Republic and Canton of Geneva, for which the ICJ is grateful.