Sharing Responsibility for Refugees

Sharing Responsibility for Refugees

April 16, 2021 | 8:15 AM to 2:00 PM

The 2018 Global Compact on Refugees enshrines the principle of responsibility sharing, to help the handful of developing countries that host the vast majority of the world’s refugees. But the United States, and other wealthy countries, are also pioneering “responsibility dumping” arrangements, that instead exacerbate global inequities and threaten the rights of refugees. The panelists will explore the political economy of responsibility sharing, including the role of race in its legal development and implementation. We will also consider international templates of responsibility and how responsibility sharing arrangements might be used by states to evade responsibility under international refugee law, and imagine possible futures of responsibility sharing, including new ways of defining its key components and its scope, both across and within international borders.

This symposium is hosted by the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law and the California Law Review.

Panel 1: Race and Responsibility Sharing (8:30am – 10:00am)

E. Tendayi Achiume (UCLA Law) – An Empire Theory of Asylum
Discussant – Saira Mohamed (Berkeley Law)

Jennifer Chacón (UCLA Law) – Hidden Costs: Interrogating Market-Based Burden Sharing
Discussant – Peter Schuck (Yale Law)

Panel 2: International Templates of Responsibility Sharing (10:30am – 12:00pm)

Ayelet Shachar (Toronto Law) – Instruments of Evasion: The Global Dispersion of Rights-Restricting Migration Policies
Discussant – David Grewal (Berkeley Law)

Katerina Linos (Berkeley Law) and Elena Chachko (Harvard Law) – By the Numbers: Responsibility Sharing or Responsibility Dumping?
Discussant – Jaya Ramji-Nogales (Temple Law)

Panel 3: The Future of Responsibility Sharing (12:30pm – 2:00pm)

Seth Davis (Berkeley Law) – Responsibility Sharing Within Borders
Discussant – Leti Volpp (Berkeley Law)

Michael Doyle (Columbia University) – Principles for Responsibility Sharing: Proximity, Culpability, and Capability
Discussant – Kate Jastram (UC Hastings Law)


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