The annual conference 2018 takes place on the 5th and 6th February at the University of Geneva

Conference 2018

#SPSA18

The conference’s guiding theme in 2018 is International Migration Governance: Chances and Limits.

Unlike with flows of goods and finance, where states have established global institutions to coordinate their policies, no parallel development has taken place with regard to the international mobility of persons. Apart from an increasingly contested regime for the protection of refugees created after World War Two, very little cooperative action has emerged to address large movements of refugees and migrants. In times of rising nationalist tendencies in domestic constituencies, the limits of unilateral and uncoordinated national policies become more and more salient. Why is it so difficult to achieve international governance over this key area of states’ interdependence, and under which conditions may we see meaningful international cooperation develop? These are the questions that will be addressed in the keynote speech and subsequent round table.

 

Conference Program

Note that the times can change. 

Program #SPSA18

Keynote & Round Table, Room M S150, Monday 17h00–18h30

After an introductory address by Pierre Maudet. Prof. James Hollifield will deliver a keynote speech on the Chances and Limits of Global Migration Governance. James Hollifield is Ora Nixon Arnold Fellow in International Political Economy, Prof. in the Department of Political Science, and Director of the Tower Center at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, as well as a member of the New York Council on Foreign Relations and a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington.

The keynote speech will be followed by a round table discussion. Next to Prof. Hollifield, the participants are high representatives from the main international organizations dealing with migration and Prof. Thomas J. Biersteker from the Graduate Institute, Geneva. Michele Klein-Solomon is Director responsible for the Global Compact for Migration within the Office of the Director General at the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Christiane Kuptsch is Senior Specialist in Migration Policy, Labour Migration Branch of the International Labour Office (ILO), and Ellen Hansen is Senior Policy Adviser to the Assistant High Commissioner for Protection (UNHCR). Thomas J. Biersteker is Prof. of International Relations/Political Science, Curt Gasteyger Chair in International Security and Conflict Studies and founder of the Global Governance Center at the Graduate Institute. The round table is moderated by Sandra Lavenex, Prof of European and International Politics at the University of Geneva and the Global Studies Institute.