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Wednesday, 18 November 2020 - 5.00pm

This lecture is is part of the Art, Architecture and International Law seminar series which is being launched this academic year. The series is designed to bridge the worlds of art, architecture and international law. It explores the different ways in which art and architecture and international law intersect. It also demonstrates that international law exists well beyond the written word.

This event will be held on Zoom Webinar from 17:00 hrs - 18:00 hrs. You can register your attendance at: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2_3yADwBSii9KIJcYjxb2Q

Lecture summary: The deaths of illegalised migrants seeking to cross the Mediterranean Sea and the violation of their rights are a structural outcome of the “mobility conflict” opposing the desires and movements of migrants from the global south to the exclusionary policies of European states. This lecture will build on the long-standing collaboration between Forensic Oceanography (FO) and Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) to discuss the dialectical process between fact-finding and the development of legal arguments in relation to human rights violations against migrants at sea, and address the potentials, limits and ambivalences of strategic litigation in this context.

Itamar Mann is an associate professor at the University of Haifa, Faculty of Law. He is a human rights lawyer and a legal scholar, and has in recent years focused primarily on legal, political and philosophical questions concerning refugees and migration. Itamar’s book, Humanity at Sea: Maritime Migration and the Foundations of International Law, came out with Cambridge University Press in 2016. His articles have appeared e.g. in the European Journal of International Law, the International Journal of Constitutional Law, the Harvard International Law Journal, and the Canadian Journal of Law & Jurisprudence. He is a legal adviser at the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN), where he engages in strategic litigation concerning border violence, and a TED Fellow. Before moving to Haifa he has taught at Georgetown University Law Center, at the Centre for Transnational Legal Studies in London, and at the Volksbühne Theatre’s ‘school of disobedience.’

 

 

 

Charles Heller is a researcher and filmmaker whose work has a long-standing focus on the politics of migration within and at the borders of Europe. In 2015, he completed a Ph.D. in Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is currently Research Associate at the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP), Graduate Institute, Geneva. Together with Lorenzo Pezzani, in 2011 Heller co-founded Forensic Oceanography, a collaborative project based at Goldsmiths that has developed innovative methodologies to document the conditions that lead to migrants’ deaths at sea, and which has generated human rights reports, articles and videos that have been exhibited internationally.

 

 

 

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