Conference programme:

21.10.2016 (Friday)

13:00                   Registration of Participants

14:00 – 14:10      Welcome notes

  • Jaroslav Miller (Rector of the Palacký University Olomouc)
  • Zdenka Papoušková (Dean of the Palacký University Faculty of Law)

14:10 – 15:00     PANEL 1: Opening contributions

  • Věra Jourová (EU Commission, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality)
  • Kateřina Šimáčková (Judge of the Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic)

15:00 – 15:30    Coffee Break

15:30 – 17:30 PANEL 2: Mass migration as a phenomenon and applicable international framework

  • Emma Larking, Australian National University
    “Responding to mass migration – is it possible to universalise human rights while defending state sovereignty?”
  • Věra Honusková, Charles University in Prague
    “Defining basic concepts and (international) legal framework providing protection for forced migrants”
  • Jon Hoisaeter, UNHCR, Regional Representation for Central Europe (Budapest)
    “A global perspective on forced displacement and refugee protection”
  • Petr Kostohryz, Norwegian Refugee Council
    “Mass forced displacement: Humanitarian perspective”
  • Elizabeth A. Dennis, Houston College of Law
    „Providing legal assistance to vulnerable persons in mass migrations to the U.S.: Bridging the gap with pro bono volunteers“

17:30 – 18:00 Discussion

19:00     Reception / Dinner

22.10.2016 (Saturday)

9:00 – 10:30       PANEL 3: African perspective

  • Lee Stone, University of South Africa
    „The diverging trajectories of refugee law and policy in South Africa: a critical assessment“
  • Hennie Strydom, University of Johannesburg
    „Case law developments regarding the treatment of refugees and their application – a South African perspective“
  • Cristiano d’Orsi, University of Johannesburg
    „Is the ‚refugee crisis‘ exclusively a European phenomenon? A view from Southern Africa.“
  • Swikani Ncube, University of Johannesburg
    „The African Union’s response to forced migration: reinforcing the nexus between peace and security and refugee protection“

10:30 – 11:00     Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30     PANEL 4: European perspective(s)

  • Dalibor Jílek, Pan-European University Bratislava
    „Mass migrations in Europe – the historical experience“
  • Martin Faix, Palacký University Olomouc
    „Peace, security and refugee protection: critical assessment of current EU efforts“
  • Ulrike Brandl, University of Salzburg
    „Temporary protection as a response to mass influx of refugees“

12:30 – 13:30     Lunch

13:30 – 15:00     PANEL 5: Cross-cutting and connected issues

  • Ondřej Svaček, Palacký University Olomouc
    „Support of terrorism and exclusion from refugee status: case of ISIS“
  • Gus Waschefort, University of Essex
    „Displacement in the context of armed conflict: an international humanitarian law approach“
  • Pavel Bureš, Palacký University Olomouc
    „National security and protection of migrants: conflicting values?“
  • Otakar Foltýn, Joint Operations Centre, Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic
    „Demographic, climate and security aspects of security development in North Africa and the Middle East in the longer term perspective“
  • Discussion

15:00 – 15:30     Closing Remarks