Symposium to explore legal elements of human migration

Thursday, October 16, 2014

LAWRENCE – Leading scholars in international, immigration and human rights law will explore the legal complexities surrounding human migration at the 2014 Kansas Law Review Symposium.

“Statelessness and Belonging: Perspectives on Human Migration” will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at the University of Kansas School of Law. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Register and preview the complete schedule at law.ku.edu/stateless.

Speakers from across the country will discuss topics such as: refugee and asylum adjudication; ethics and values in the U.S. immigration system; citizenship and global public health crises, including Ebola; children awaiting adjudication at the U.S. border; human rights and allocation of vital resources to indigenous peoples; home state’s sovereignty over undocumented immigrants abroad; and individuals, corporations and the properties of citizenship. 

“There are an estimated 4,000 ‘citizens of nowhere’ in the United States today. A much higher number of people possess a formal nationality but live a similar experience to that of stateless persons: discrimination, loss of legal rights and lack of access to basic resources. Their marginalization touches many of the human rights crises of our time, domestically and internationally,” said Tamara Combs, symposium editor and third-year KU law student. “This is a broad and timely issue to explore as the nation continues to talk about possible reforms to the current immigration system.”

Speakers will include:

  • Lillian Aponte-Miranda, human rights lawyer and former associate professor, Florida International University College of Law
  • Maryellen Fullerton, professor of law, Brooklyn Law School
  • Bill O. Hing, professor and Dean's Circle Scholar, University of San Francisco School of Law
  • Polly Price, professor of law, Emory University School of Law
  • Jaya Ramji-Nogales, professor of law and co-director, Institute for International Law and Public Policy, Temple University Beasley School of Law
  • Marcia Yablon-Zug, associate professor of law, University of South Carolina School of Law
  • Lua Yuille, associate professor of law, University of Kansas School of Law

Scholarship associated with the symposium will be published in a spring 2015 issue of the Kansas Law Review. Questions? Contact Symposium Editor Tamara Combs at kulawrevsymposium@gmail.com.

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