International Gathering for Professor Guy Goodwin-Gill

On 14-15 April 2016, an international gathering in celebration of the scholarship of Professor Guy S. Goodwin-Gill, Professor of International Refugee Law and Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College, was convened at All Souls College by Professor Jane McAdam (UNSW), Dr Cathryn Costello (Refugee Studies Centre & Faculty of Law, Oxford), and Dr. Ruvi Ziegler (Reading).

The first day of the gathering featured fourteen of Professor Goodwin-Gill’s former doctoral students (two of the participants joined by skype from Haiti and Saskatchewan). The speakers (academics, officials in international and national organisations, and practitioners) paid homage to Professor Goodwin-Gill’s influence on their thinking, career paths, and motivation. They offered their reflections, shared their experiences, and discussed contemporary challenges on a variety of topics under three broad themes: first, migration and protection; second, international criminal law, security, and terrorism; third, international institutions, development, and democratic participation.

The second day of the gathering featured senior scholars and practitioners in the field of international refugee and migration law who offered thought-provoking papers on themes ranging from the current refugee predicament in Europe and the old-new notion of a ‘safe third country’ to the duty to rescue and the role of international organisations in advancing protection. Professor Goodwin-Gill concluded the gathering in his characteristically resolute fashion with a truly moving speech, impressively bringing together the conference themes, and injecting cautious optimism in those assembled. 

The gathering was generously sponsored by All Souls College, the Law Faculty, the Refugee Studies Centre and the Department for International Development, Oxford; the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, University of New South Wales; and the International Journal of Refugee Law, which will publish a special volume in honour of Professor Goodwin-Gill, its founding editor.

You can see photos from the event in an album on the Law Faculty Flickr account.