1. The New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrantsof 19 September 2016.

Both UNHCR and IOM will clarify their views on the Global Compact on Refugeesand the Global Compact forSafe, Orderly and Regular Migration

  1. International human rights law

This conference will partly build on the previous IARMJ World Conference in Athens of 2017, interventions on the jurisprudence of the three international Human Rights Courts. Judges from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the European Court of Human Rights, and the African Court on Human and People’s Rights will clarify and discuss migration issues brought before them.

  • Practice and development of international human rights standards in national judicial decisions.

Many countries have ratified only few international human rights treaties. Such is the case in numerous Asian countries that are not part of the Refugee Convention; nor have they adopted other international instruments. What is the situation in other parts of the world, in this respect? If in the Americas, among others, the prohibition against torture, the prohibition against disappearance, are accepted, how are these human rights norms enforced by the different governmental institutions and law enforcements bodies when dealing with migrants and refugees?

  1. Migration and serious international crimes
  • The rule of law: combating impunity and strengthening accountability.

This topic will be approached from many sides: 

  • The notion of international crimes
  • Exclusion under the Refugee Convention
  • The individual criminal responsibility in both national and international law.
  • Detention of migrants and access to courts
  1. Climate change

Clearly, there is a need to address the consequences of climate change in migration and asylum matters. This is not only highly relevant in Central America, but also in the Pacific region and other parts of the world.  

  1. Reflection on the tasks of migration and asylum judges

The participants will be able discuss practical issues relating to their work as well as its impact on the judges themselves.