Global Asylum Governance and the EU’s Role: Implementing the UN Gobal Compact on Refugees and the EU Pact on Migration and Asylum

22 & 23 March 2021

What are the key issues characterizing the implementation of the UN Global Compact on Refugees, and the EU’s role? This Conference aims at addressing this question in light of the key research findings resulting from the first year of work of the ASILE H2020 project.

The presentations will first examine from a comparative perspective the inclusionary and exclusionary components – the intersections between containment and mobility – of national asylum governance instruments across different world regions, as well as their impacts on international refugee law and human rights and lessons learned for the EU. This will be followed by a similar assessment of EU agreements and arrangements with third states on migration and asylum management.

The Conference includes a Policy Panel with high-level policy-makers and practitioners addressing the roles of accountability, global solidarity and refugee’s agency in the implementation of the UN Global Compact on Refugees and the EU Pact on Migration and Asylum.

Download the Programme of the Conference HERE


Sergio Carrera

Senior Research Fellow and Head of Justice and Home Affairs Unit,
CEPS and Part-Time Professor at Migration Policy Centre (MPC), European
University Institute (EUI) – ASILE Coordinator

Audrey Macklin

University of Toronto, ASILE Country Expert & Advisory Board Member

Natalia Medina

Associate Professor, Universidade Federal do Oeste da Bahia

Fatima Khan

Associate Professor and Director of the Refugee Rights Unit, University of Cape Town

Lewis Turner

Lecturer, Newcastle University

Alice Kuhnke

Member of the European Parliament

Alexandra Cupsan-Catalin

Member of Commissioner Johansson’s Cabinet, European Commission

Sophie Magennis

Head of Policy and Legal Support, UNHCR Representation for EU Affairs

Charlotte Slente

General Secretary, Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

Amer Alkayed

Global Refugee Network

Jens Vedsted-Hansen

Professor, Aarhus University

Thomas Spijkerboer

Professor, VU Amsterdam

Meltem Ineli-Ciger

Assistant Professor, Suleyman Demirel University

Nik Tan

Senior Researcher, The Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR)

Andrew Geddes

Professor and Director Migration Policy Centre, EUI


Tamirace Fakhoury

Associate Professor, Aalborg University and Scientific
advisor to the Kuwait Chair at Sciences Po

Luisa Feline Freier

Associate Professor, Universidad del Pacífico – Lima

Adèle Garnier

Assistant Professor, Université Laval – Québec

Gregor Noll

Professor, University of Gothenburg

Michael Collyer

Professor, University of Sussex

Jens Vedsted-Hansen

Professor, Aarhus University

Tsion Tadesse Abebe

Senior Researcher, Migration Programme, Institute for Security Studies (ISS)

Amanda Bisong

Policy Officer, European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM)

Eleni Karageorgeou

Postdoctoral fellow, Lund University

Cathryn Costello

Professor of Fundamental Rights, Co-Director of the Centre for Fundamental Rights at Hertie School, The University of Governance in Berlin and University of Oslo


Event details

Day 1 – Monday
22 Mar 2021 / 15:00 – 17:15 (CET)

Day 2 – Tuesday
23 Mar 2021 / 11:00 – 16:00 (CET)