OCTOBER 20, 2016 - International Law and "Population Transfer": A History of the Present

Gordon F. Henderson Speaker Series on Refugee History | Conférences Gordon F. Henderson sur l'histoire des réfugiés

As part of the Gordon F. Henderson Speaker Series on Refugee History,
the Human Rights Research and Education Centre is pleased to present:

International Law and “Population Transfer”: A History of the Present

Thursday, October 20, 2016
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Fauteux Hall, FTX570
(57 Louis Pasteur, uOttawa)

All are welcome.
This event will be presented in English.
RSVP at HRREC@uOttawa.ca.


  • Umut ÖZSU | Assistant Professor, Department of Law and Legal Studies, Carleton University

International law formalizes, coordinates, and legitimates countless forms of forced migration. Yet, the structural links between the various mechanisms and procedures whereby it facilitates or responds to such displacement remain poorly understood. This talk will seek to remedy that deficiency by tracing some of the key connections between different forms of "population transfer", the legally regulated movement of groups from one location to another. After discussing the treaty that formalized the compulsory exchange of minorities between Greece and Turkey during the interwar period, a crucially important precedent for mass expulsion throughout the twentieth century, I will consider the role of international law in two contemporary (and future) forms of displacement--the organized resettlement of large numbers of "climate refugees", and the European Union’s reaction to "irregular migration" with "readmission agreements”.

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