Human Rights Law Centre

Annual Student Conference

Migration and Human Rights: Perception v Reality

Migration continues to be a highly debated topic.  The ever increasing flow of migrants has led to the radical review of immigration policy at national, regional and international levels.  The current discourse raises concerns about the treatment of migrants and poses challenges to the realisation of freedom of movement worldwide.  It is, therefore, important to examine migration within the international human rights framework.



This Conference aims to challenge society's perception of migration and consider the realities to it;  from the root causes to the limitations of achieving 'global' freedom of movement.  What action needs to be taken at national, regional and international levels to combat discrimination and encourage the integration of migrants?  What measures can be taken to secure migrants' economic, social and cultural rights?  Do we need to do more to protect vulnerable migrants, including women and children?  How can combatting modern slavery protect trafficked and exploited migrants?

Keynote Speakers

  • Ms Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Professor Zoe Trodd, Professor of American Literature, University of Nottingham
  • Ryszard Cholewinski, Labour Migration Branch, International Labour Organisation
  • Professor Ryszard Piotrowicz, Professor of Law and UK Expert, Group of experts on action against trafficking in human beings (GRETA), Council of Europe
  • Ms Sumbul Rizvi, Head of Asylum and Migration Unit, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

For further information, please download the Conference programme.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Student Conference Committee on humanrightsconference@nottingham.ac.uk

The Student Conference poster is available to download.

Register online, closing date for registration is 6 March 2015.


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email: HRLC@nottingham.ac.uk