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HNLU - Round Table Conference on India's Framework for Refugees

The United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees (CRSR) is the cornerstone of refugee rights and the duties that are cast upon nations that grant them asylum. It is just as vital as the UDHR in terms of the issues it addresses and the goals that it aims to achieve. India faces its own refugee crisis and this is the perfect platform for members from all schools of thought, opinion and expression to carve out a path for India to resolve this delicate situation. The conference is jointly organized by HNLU and ILSA.

The conference will be split into three sessions. The first session will see students interacting with resource persons from UNHRC and ICRC on the current international legal framework for refugees. In the second session, student delegates with the guidance of panelists including academicians and advocates of refugee rights will delve on the practical lacunas in the international legal framework as well as inadequacies of the Indian mechanism. Finally, there will be a session with officials from the Ministry of External Affairs in order to understand the stance taken by the Indian state as far as the CRSR is concerned. The conclusion of this conference will be marked by the presentation of a Memorandum to the Ministry of External Affairs, India; one-step that we take in the hope of making a difference.

Date: 6th & 7th October, 2012


DAY 1: 6th October, 2012 (Saturday)

DAY 2: 7th October, 2012 (Sunday)

10:00 - 11:00


11:00 - 1:00

Session 3

11:00 - 12:00

Opening Ceremony

2:30 - 3:30


1:30 - 3:30

Session 1

3.30 - 4.30


4:30 - 6:30

Session 2

Abstracts & Papers:

  • Abstracts (250-300 words) are invited on all three session agendas. Abstracts are to be sent to the Conference e-mail id [] by the 15th September, 2012.
  • The abstract must clearly elaborate the agenda on which authors are writing and the area the author wishes to cover.
  • Each abstract and subsequent paper must be authored by a single delegate.
  • A delegate may submit abstracts on more than one agenda; however, a single abstract will be selected. The remaining will be rejected.
  • The top 8 abstracts will be selected under each agenda and only these papers may be presented at the Round Table Conference in the session concerned. The list of selected abstracts will be released on the 20th of September, 2012 and each of the above delegates will be informed of the same.
  • The selected delegates must mail a scanned copy of their registration forms by the 23th of September, 2012 to the Conference e-mail id mentioned above. In case of vacancies, candidates will be notified by the 25th of September, 2012.
  • Papers must adhere to the Blue Book [19th ed.] style of citation.
  • Papers must not exceed 2500 words.
  • Delegates must submit 3 hard copies of the final papers at the time of the Conference.
  • The best paper under each agenda will be published by Refugee Watch Online.

Important Dates:

Last date for submission of Abstracts

15th September, 2012

Confirmation of selection of Abstracts

20th of September, 2012

Last date for mailing scanned copy of the registration forms

23th of September, 2012


  • A Registration fee of Rs. 250, which will cover accommodation, transport and meals for the duration of the conference, must be deposited by the selected delegates at the time of the Conference along with 3 hard copies of their papers.
  • Delegates are expected to make their own travel arrangements to and from Raipur.

Deeptha Rao:
Phone: +91-7898594917

Rahil Pereira
Phone: +917898750091


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