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Turning Rights Into Reality for Refugees: Lessons from Practice

October 25, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am


Emily Arnold Fernandez, Esq.
Founder and Executive Director of Asylum Access

Analyses of refugees’ human rights under international law are often far removed from the practice of international systems designed to respond to refugees. Bridging this gap is not easy, but developments over the last decade have shown that it is possible. This lecture (followed by Q&A) will use Asylum Access, a leading global refugee human rights organization, as a case study in illuminating and analyzing the effectiveness of various strategies for actualizing refugees’ human rights. In particular, the lecture will explore how non-rights-based strategies may be effective strategies for making human rights a reality, and explore the complications inherent in using self-interest to motivate states to honor human rights.

Emily Arnold-Fernández is Executive Director of Asylum Access, the leading global refugee human rights organization. After learning that refugees spend on average 17 years in camps, Emily founded Asylum Access in 2005 to create a world where refugees can live safely, move freely, work and send children to school, and rebuild their lives. Today, Asylum Access has impacted more than a million refugees worldwide, working intensively in 17 offices across 6 countries as well as at the global level to dismantle barriers to refugees’ economic and civic participation and ensure all refugees have a fair chance at a new life. Emily’s achievements have earned her numerous accolades, including the Equality and Nondiscrimination Award from Mexico’s National Council to Prevent Discrimination (2016); the prestigious Grinnell Prize (2013); and recognition by the Dalai Lama as one of 50 “Unsung Heroes of Compassion” (2009). She has been featured in the
New York Times and published in Forbes, among other media. Emily was selected as a Social Entrepreneur in Residence at Stanford University in Fall 2012, and currently serves on the Advisory Board of Oxford University’s Refugee Studies Centre.

This event is organised by the Centre for Applied Human Rights
For additional information, please contact cahr-admin@york.ac.uk


October 25, 2016
9:00 am - 10:00 am
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Centre for Applied Human Rights, University of York
01904 325885
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Room D/L/028, Derwent College
University of york
York, YO10 5DD
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