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Durham University

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Durham Castle Lecture - Prof. Jacqueline Bhabha

27th February 2019, 20:00 to 21:30, Senate Room, Durham Castle

Can We Solve the Migration Crisis?

Though the dramatic cross border movements into Europe of 2015 and 2016 have waned, large scale, irregular and dangerous mobility of distress migrants remains a critical political and human rights challenge today. With populist xenophobia in the ascendance and global inequality and conflict driving millions towards the global north, what rights respecting options exist? How can long-standing democratic commitments to humanitarian protection and non-discrimination be upheld?


Jacqueline Bhabha, JD, MsC is Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

From 1997 to 2001 Bhabha directed the Human Rights Program at the University of Chicago. Prior to 1997, she was a practicing human rights lawyer in London and at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. She has published extensively on issues of transnational child migration, refugee protection, children’s rights and citizenship. She is the editor of Children Without A State (2011), author of Child Migration and Human Rights in a Global Age (2014), and editor of Human Rights and Adolescence ( 2014).

Bhabha serves on the board of the Scholars at Risk Network, the World Peace Foundation and the Journal of Refugee Studies. She is also a founder of the Alba Collective, an international women’s NGO currently working with rural women and girls in developing countries to enhance financial security and youth rights.

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