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Keynote Speakers

E. Tendayi Achiume
Barbara Czarniawska
Jenny Phillimore
Thomas Spijkerboer

E. Tendayi Achiume is a Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law. She is also a Research Associate with the African Centre for Migration and Society at the University of Witwatersrand. The current focus of her work is the global governance of racism and xenophobia; and the legal and ethical implications of colonialism for contemporary international migration. More generally, her research and teaching interests lie in international human rights law, international refugee law, international migration, and property law.

In November 2017, the United Nations Human Rights Council appointed Professor Achiume the UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, making her the first woman to serve in this role since its creation in 1993. In 2016, she was appointed to co-chair the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law (ASIL), and she is currently the co-chair of the ASIL Migration Law Interest Group. In 2018, she was named an Emerging Scholar by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

Barbara Czarniawska Born 2nd December 1948 in Bialystok, Poland, where her family moved from Vilnius after the World War II. Swedish citizen since 26 August, 1988. MA in Social and Industrial Psychology, Warsaw University, 1970; Ph.D.in Economic Sciences, Warsaw School of Economics, 1976.  She is at present Senior Professor at Gothenburg Research Institute at the School of Business, Economics and Law at University of Gothenburg, Sweden.  

In her research, she applies a feminist and constructivist perspective on organizing, including organizing integration. Her methodological interests concern fieldwork techniques and the narrative approach in social science studies. She writes in Polish, English, Swedish and Italian. 

Jenny Phillimore is a professor of Migration and Superdiversity at the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology at the University of Birmingham, UK, and director of the Institute for Research into Superdiversity. She is a world leading scholar in refugee integration, superdiversity and access to social welfare with a particular focus on public health, as well as publishing and development of the community research methodology.

Over the past decade she has managed teams of researchers focusing on access to health, education, employment, training, and housing integration with a particular focus on integration and organisational change in the UK and EU. Currently she leads the international SEREDA project which aims to understand the incidence and nature of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) experienced by women, men and child refugees who have fled conflict in the Levant Region. She is also involved in the Forte funded project at the University of Gothenburg comparing the role of civil society for migrants’ labour market participation in diverse areas in Sweden and the UK.

Thomas Spijkerboer is a professor of Migration Law at the Amsterdam Centre for Migration and Refugee Law of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam since 2000, and Raoul Wallenberg Visiting Professor of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at Lund University (Sweden) since November 2017. He is one of the lecturers in the master’s track on International Migration and Refugee Law of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

In 2016, he was appointed as a member of the Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenchappen (Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities); in 2017 he was elected as a member of the Koninklijke Nederlandse Academie van Wetenschappen (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Siences).



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