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The UN Global Compact on Migration; A Test of Failed Multilateralism or the New Way Forward? (Maria Varaki)

Old College quad


Moot Court Room

Old College

South Bridge




Tue 21 May 2019

The Edinburgh Centre for International and Global Law presents:

The UN Global Compact on Migration; A Test of Failed Multilateralism or the New  Way Forward?

Dr Maria Varaki, Lecturer in International Law, War Studies Department, Kings College London

With comments by Dr Veronica Ruiz Abou Nigm and Dr Kasey McCall Smith 



The recent refugee 'crisis' that reached its peak during 2015-16 paved the way for the adoption of the UN New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants. This first step was followed by a two year period of negotiations and consultations in two fronts; one on responding to the refugee crisis and the other one on formulating a common managerial scheme for safe orderly and regular migration.  Within this context, the current contribution, questions the significance of the Global Compact on Migration as a non legally binding document but as a political platform of commitment; What does that mean for normative purposes and what does it stipulate for the future of global governance. 



Dr. Maria Varaki is a lecturer in international law at the War Studies department, King's College London. Before moving to London she hold research positions with the Erik Castren Institute of International Law and Human Rights in Helsinki and the Law Faculty of Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Immediate before she was an Assistant Professor in International Law at Kadir Has University, Faculty of Law in Istanbul.

She holds a PhD in International Criminal Law from the Irish Centre for Human Rights in Galway, Ireland and two LLM degrees in International and Comparative Law, one from Tulane University, School of Law and one from New York University, School of Law. Additionally, she has worked for the OHCHR in Geneva, the UNHCR in New York and for the Legal Advisory section of the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in the Hague. Since November 2017 she is member of the ILA Committee on human rights in times of emergency.


This event is free and open to all with no registration required.