The Myres S. McDougal Distinguished Lecture
Together with
The Crimmigration Lecture Series at the University of Denver
The Leonard v.B. Sutton Colloquium—49th Annual Conference on International Law

November 11, 2016

Room 165 | Ricketson Law Building | University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Crisis of Refugees and Migration: Failure of International Law

The world community is facing an acute crisis of refugees and migration and the need to protect their basic human rights. The increasing numbers of refugees, internally displaced, and stateless people, underscore the need for everyone — international organizations, states, the private sector, civil society, and individuals — to undertake concerted efforts to address the complex web of needs surrounding this crisis.

This year’s Leonard v.B. Sutton Colloquium brings together leading experts to discuss the challenges the U.S. and the international community face adjudicating these urgent issues.

Additionally, this year the Colloquium is paired with the fourth installment of the Crimmigration Law Lecture Series, addressing an intertwining of the criminal and immigration justice systems that scholars have labelled “crimmigration.” The rise of a crimmigration enforcement regime in the United States since the 1980s has many dimensions, including the increased use in immigration enforcement of detention and other enforcement mechanisms more typically associated with the enforcement of criminal law.

11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m Registration
11:45 a.m. – 12:00 pm Welcome — Ved Nanda, the Ved Nanda Center of International and Comparative Law at the Sturm College of Law
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Crimmigration Lecture – Professor Ingrid Eagly, University of California-Los Angeles School of Law (1.0 hour of instruction)
  “From Arizona to California: Crimmigration Law at the Local Level”
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Break / Lunch (Box Lunch provided)
1:30 p.m. — 2:45 p.m. Panel I – Revisiting International Norms on Refugees and Internally Displaced People (1.5 hours of instruction)
  The current refugee system is broken and the asylum crisis in Europe has been a rude awakening. International efforts to end the crisis continue, but world leaders have yet to find an enduring solution. While the long-term response requires ending armed conflicts and eradicating poverty, the international community must ensure the protection of basic human rights for refugees and the internally displaced.
  Moderator and Presenter: Ved Nanda, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law
  • Nader Hashemi, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver
  • Melanie Randall, Western Law, Ontario, Canada
  • Peter Van Arsdale, Collobarative Refugee and Rights Information Center (CRRIC), University of Denver
2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Panel II – Arizona Exceptionalism (1.5 hours of instruction)
  Is Arizona unique? In the United States, Arizona is often described as the epicenter of crimmigration law and policy developments. Annie Lai discusses how Arizona earned its reputation as stronghold for anti-immigrant policing activity. Todd Miller raises the possibility that, despite its role within the United States, Arizona might not simply illustrate a broader trend of border militarization that shares features with another contested border: the boundary between Israel and Palestine.
  Moderator and Presenter: Ingrid Eagly, University of California-Los Angeles School of Law
  • Annie Lai, University of California – Irvine School of Law
  • Tod Miller, Independent Journalist and Author
4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Break
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Myres S. McDougal Distinguished Lecture – Professor Tom Farer, University of Denver Josef Korbel School of International Studies (1.0 hour of Instruction)
  “Human Rights and Mass Migration from Poor to Rich Countries—Challenges to International Law and Policy”
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Reception