Beyond Survival

Beyond Survival:
Livelihood Strategies for Refugees in the Middle East

This conference, the first of what we hope to be a series of events, is being co-hosted by the Clarke Initiative for Law and Development in the Middle East and North Africa, Cornell University Law School, Weill Cornell Global Emergency Medicine Division, and Ottoman and Turkish Studies Initiative.

It aims to engage academics and practitioners in a multi-disciplinary exploration of strategies to improve short and long term livelihood opportunities for refugees in the Middle East and the Mediterranean basin. Discussions will focus on evidence-based interventions for overcoming legal barriers and policy impediments to refugees' access to education, health care and work. At this conference, we also seek to draw attention to the role that universities can play to help improve the lives of refugees and asylum seekers at a time of surging global population displacement crises.

SCHEDULE

FRIDAY - November 6, 2015

12:00-2:00 pm
Opening Luncheon (Breakout Space, New Wing)

12:00-12:15 pm
Welcome / Setting the Stage: Why Should Universities Be Involved?
Eduardo M. Peñalver, Allan R. Tessler Dean and Professor of Law, Cornell Law School
Chantal Thomas, Professor of Law and Director, Clarke Initiative, Cornell Law School
Laura Spitz, Interim Vice Provost, Cornell University and Associate Dean, Cornell Law School

1:00-1:45 pm
Keynote (Rm 184/182)
Philippe Fargues, Robert Schuman Chair and Director of the Migration Policy Centre, European University Institute
Commentator / Moderator: Satchit Balsari, Assistant Professor, Weill Cornell Medical College

2:00-3:45 pm
Panel: Refugees and Migration: Historical Context / Global Perspectives (Rm 184/182)
Moderator: Aziz Rana, Professor, Cornell Law School
Kent Schull, Associate Professor, Binghamton University
Chris Szabla, PH.D. Candidate, History, Cornell University
Susan Akram, Clinical Professor and Director, International Human Rights Clinic, Boston University School of Law
Maria Cristina Garcia, Howard A. Newman Professor of American Studies, Cornell University

3:45-4:00 pm - Break

4:00-6:00 pm
Panel: Refugees and Migration: Current Crisis / Community Perspectives
Moderator: Lisel Hintz, Postdoctoral Fellow, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Cornell University
Şenay Özden, Co-founder, Hamisch Syrian Cultural Center
Rabih Shibli, Director, Center of Civic Engagement and Community Service, American University of Beirut
Andrew Harper, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Representative to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

6:30-8:00 pm
Dinner Reception & Video Presentation (Breakout Space, New Wing)
Hashem Abushama
, UNRWA Graduate , Current Student in Peace and Global Studies, Earlham College
Commentator / Moderator, Chantal Thomas, Professor and Director, Clarke Initiative, Cornell Law School

SATURDAY November 7, 2015

8:00-8:30 am
Breakfast (Breakout Space, New Wing)

8:30-9:15 am
Keynote (Rm 184) *by Skype
Alexander Betts, Director of the Refugee Studies Centre and the Leopold Muller Professor of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, University of Oxford

9:30-11:00 am
Panel: Labor Laws and Access to Livelihoods (Rm 182/184)
Moderator: Angela Cornell, Clinical Professor, Cornell Law School
Michael Kagan, Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Immigration Clinic, UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law
Jaya Ramji-Nogales, I. Herman Stern Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Institute for International Law and Public Policy, Beasley School of Law, Temple University
Kathleen Hamill, Human Rights Lawyer, Fellow at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health and Adjunct Assistant Professor, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
Andrew Harper, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Representative to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

11:00-11:15 am - Break

11:15-12:45 pm
Panel: Economic Barriers to Work (Rm 182/184)
Moderator: Nancy Chau, Professor, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University
Sibel Kulaksiz, Senior Country Economist, World Bank
Salem Ajluni, Consultant, International Labour Organization
Tendayi Achiume, Assistant Professor Law, UCLA

1:00-2:00 pm
Lunch (Moot Court Room)
Speaker: Henia Dakkak, Technical Advisor, United Nations Population Fund
Commentator / Moderator: Josyann Abisaab, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College and Senior Associate Attending Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, New York Presbyterian Hospital

2:15-3:45 pm
Panel: Skills to Work: Education and Training (Moot Court Room)
Moderator: Mostafa Minawi, Assistant Professor, A Himan Brown Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellow and Director of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Initiative, Cornell University
Adrienne Fricke, Physician for Human Rights and Consultant specializing in human rights and refugee-related issues in the Middle East and Africa
Firas Suqi, Programs Coordinator, Kayany Foundation (Beirut)
Dominique Hyde, Deputy Director of Public Partnerships Division - New York, UNICEF
Wissam Yafi, Founder, TidWiT Inc.

3:45-4:00 pm - Break

4:00-5:30 pm
Panel: Health, Protection and Rights (Moot Court Room)
Moderator: Muna Ndulo, Professor and Elizabeth and Arthur Reich Director, Leo and Arvilla Berger International Legal Studies Program, Cornell University
Gilbert Burnham, Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Noor Shakfeh, MHS student in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Noura Erakat, Assistant Professor, George Mason University
Jennifer Leaning , François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights and Director, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard University *by Skype

6:30-8:00pm
Dinner (Conference Speakers)

SUNDAY November 8, 2015

9:00-10:00 am
Breakfast (Breakout Space, New Wing)

10:00-noon
Roundtable/Participant Discussion: BEYOND SURVIVAL (Rm 182/184)
Led by:
Philippe Fargues, Robert Schuman Chair, Director of the Migration Policy Centre, European University Institute
Satchit Balsari, Assistant Professor, Weill Cornell Medical College
With all conference participants

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