Asylum seekers

Monday, April 8, 2013
5:00 - 6:30 pm
Carr Center Conference Room (Rubenstein 219)
Harvard Kennedy School of Government


Asylum seekers or 'infiltrators'? 
The treatment of Sudanese and Eritreans in Israel

a presentation by

Reuven Ziegler

Lecturer, University of Reading School of Law, UK
Editor-in-Chief, Refugee Law Initiative Working Paper Series, University of London
Researcher, Israel Democracy Institute

moderated by

Sharon Weinblum

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy,
Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University


Presentation overview:

The talk offers legal perspectives on the (mis)handling of Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers in Israel, It critiques the absence of a comprehensive (sound) asylum system that would be compatible with Israel's obligations under the 1951 Geneva Convention, analysing recent legislation, government policies, and public rhetoric.

About the speaker:

Ruvi Ziegler photoReuven (Ruvi) Ziegler is a lecturer at the School of Law of the University of Reading, the Editor-in-Chief of the Refugee Law Initiative Working Paper Series at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, and a researcher at the Israel Democracy Institute (where he analyses questions of immigration, asylum and citizenship).Previously, he has been a visiting researcher at Harvard Law School, and has served as a legal advising officer in the Israeli Defense Forces' Military Advocate General Unit. He holds MPhil and BCL degrees from the Faculty of Law at the University of Oxford, an LLM from Hebrew University, and a joint LLB & BA in Economics from the University of Haifa. Ruvi's main areas of research are in Human Rights Law, Citizenship, Immigration and Refugee Law, Democratic Theory, Comparative Constitutional Law, and International Humanitarian Law.

About the moderator:

Sharon Weinblum photoSharon Weinblum is a postdoctoral Fulbright scholar and a Belgian American Education Foundation fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy where she is part of the Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery. Sharon’s research focuses on Israeli politics and combines different approaches including discourse theory, critical theories of security, and political theory. Sharon holds a PhD from the Université libre de Bruxelles where she has been a teaching and research assistant. She also holds an M.Phil in International Relations and Comparative Politics from Sciences Po Lille (France). Prior to joining the Carr Center, Sharon was a postdoctoral visiting fellow at SOAS (University of London). Besides her fellowship at the Carr Center, Sharon is affiliated with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University and with the Cevipol at the Université libre de Bruxelles.