Race, Refugees and Europe: A look back at the last decade

Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 11:00am to 12:30pm

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Part of the Myron Weiner Seminar Series on International Migration with guest speaker Eddie Bruce-Jones, Deputy Dean, School of Law, Head of Department & Reader in Law & Anthropology, Department of Law, Birkbeck University of London.

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Please Note: the event time has changed and this event is now beginning at 11am


This talk will examine some of the features of the last decade in Europe, which has been marked by political shifts to the far right, a magnified profile of refugee migration into and within Europe, and an increased articulation of the links between race, real and imagined borders, and the treatment of refugees. The talk will examine laws, policies and public discourse from several European countries and from European regional institutions.

About the speaker:

Dr Eddie Bruce-Jones joined the faculty at Birkbeck in September 2010.  He has served as Deputy Dean of the School of Law since 2018 and Head of the Department of Law since 2020.  During his time at Birkbeck, he has served as the school’s Acting Dean (Autumn 2018), Assistant Dean for Recruitment and Internationalisation (2015–2018), Programme Director for the LLM Qualifying Law Degree (2013–2018) and as a member of the college Board of Governors (2015–2018).  Prior to joining Birkbeck, Dr Bruce-Jones was Visiting Lecturer in Public International Law at King’s College London School of Law and an associate at the city law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, LLP in London, where in addition to corporate practice, he handled several asylum and public international law pro bono matters.

In 2020, Dr Bruce-Jones was the William and Patricia Kleh Visiting Professor at Boston University School of Law.  He is the recipient of a 2018 Wellcome Trust ISSF grant to support a symposium in the area of the medical humanities, on race, mental health and state violence.  In 2017 and 2018, he was a short-stay visiting fellow at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt, Germany.  He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law (Bloomsbury) and an advisory board member of the London Journal of Critical Thought, the International Academic Forum and the Centre for Intersectional Justice.

Dr Bruce-Jones serves on the Boards of Directors of the Institute for Race Relations and the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group, and the Advisory Board of the Centre for Intersectional Justice (Berlin). He is a comparative law specialist for the Independent Commission on the Death of Oury Jalloh (on police brutality and due process) in Germany as well as Sexuality and Gender Identity Resource Co-ordinator for the Refugees in Exile Programme of the International Refugee Rights Initiative. He has taught general education and writing courses in prisons in Boston and New York and has worked on prison reform issues in various capacities.

Dr Bruce-Jones is Associate Academic Fellow of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple and Member of the New York State Bar. 

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Since its establishment in 1974, the Inter-University Committee on International Migration has been a focal point for migration and refugee studies at member institutions, which include Boston UniversityBrandeis UniversityThe Fletcher School of Law and DiplomacyHarvard UniversityMITTufts University, and Wellesley College. The committee is chaired by MIT as a program of the Center for International Studies (CIS).

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