You are kindly invited to follow TALKS ON MIGRATION SERIES: Spring 2021-2022 organized by Jean Monnet Module on European and International Migration Law
Speaker: Jinske Verhellen- Professor of Private International Law And Head of The Institute for Private International Law at The Faculty of Law And Criminology of Ghent University (Belgium)
Title: ” Cross-border portability of refugees’ personal and family status – a plea for better interplay between private international law and migration law”
Date: March 16, 2022, Wednesday
Time: 12.30- 13.20
***This is an online event. To obtain Zoom link and password, please contact to the department.
Jinske Verhellen is professor of Private International Law and head of the Institute for Private International Law at the Faculty of Law and Criminology of Ghent University (Belgium). She is member of the Ghent University Interfaculty Research Group CESSMIR (Centre for the Social Study of Migration and Refugees) and of the Ghent University Human Rights Research Network. She has published on various aspects of private international law, international family law, migration law an nationality law.
The lecture will address several legal problems encountered by refugees with regard to their personal and family status acquired in one country and transferred to another country (such as the absence of documentary evidence, the issue of limping legal relationships). It will focus on the interactions between international refugee law (relating to the rights and obligations of States regarding the protection of refugees) and private international law (dealing with private relationships in a cross-border context). These two sets of rules still operate in very different and even separated universes. The following issues will be covered: specific private international law hurdles that refugees have to take, the concept of personal status (age, parental status, marital status) in international refugee law and the role of private international law conventions in the international protection of refugees.