XXII Annual SIDI Conference

Migration and International Law: Beyond Emergency?

Thursday 8th and Friday 9th June, 2017
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Of all the great social phenomena of our time, migration possesses a particular pertinence for Italy. It is common knowledge that our nation is one of the principal gateways into Europe, and that it has been traversed by an ever increasing stream of migrants over the last decades. Whether it is justified or not, there is not denial that public discourse on migration has undertaken an alarmist tone which sees migration as an emergency that must be dealt with urgency. 
Much ink has been spilled elaborating on the role of international human rights law in the context of migration, but at present these efforts provide a solitary foothold in what is otherwise an uncertain and ever-changing landscape. Is it possible to overcome this impasse?
The XXII annual meeting of the Italian Society of International Law and European Law will tackle this question in an attempt to overcome this perceived, if not actual, state of emergency. Possible solutions to this question will be enriched by an interdisciplinary debate and complemented by extra-European perspectives. These elements, along with a multi-session structure, will elevate this conference by allowing the effective exploration of the many legal challenges arising from this complex contemporary phenomenon.


Day One – Thursday 8th June 

14.00 - 14.15 Institutional Greetings

14.15 - 16.00

Understanding Migration: Beyond Emergency?


Chairperson: Paola Gaeta (IHEID - Geneva, Uni Bocconi) 


  • Stephane Jaquemet (UNHCR)
  • Philippe Fargues (demographer, EUI) 
  • Giuseppe Sciortino (sociologist - Uni Trento)
  • Tommaso Frattini (economist – Uni Milano) 
16.00 - 16.30 Coffee break
16.30 - 18.00

Migration Policies: Comparing Case Studies and their Interaction with International Law


Chairperson: Antonello Tancredi (Uni Palermo)

  • The migration policies of the European Union: Giandonato Caggiano (Uni Roma-Tre)
  • The migration policies of the United States: Maryellen Fullerton (Brooklyn, NY)
  • The migration policies of Australia: Linda Kirk (ANU)
  • The migration policies of South Africa: Cristiano D’Orsi (Uni of Johannesburg)
18.00 - 19.00 Meeting of SIDI Members
19.30 Social Dinner (Palazzo Albere)

Day Two – Friday 9th June

9.00 - 10.45

Migration from the Perspective of States and International Institutions

  • Sub-session A: The role of international institutions in managing migration
  • Chairperson/Rapporteur: Maria Giulia Giuffré (Edge Hill Uni) 
  • Sub-session B: The responsibilities of States in managing migration
  • Chairperson/Rapporteur: Julinda Beqiraj (BIICL)
  • Sub-session C: Towards new legal solutions to the migration issue
  • Chairperson/Rapporteur: Francesco Cherubini (LUISS)
10.45 - 11.15 Coffee break
11.15 - 13.15

Migration from the Perspective of Individuals

  • Sub-session D: The routes of migrants
  • Chairperson/Rapporteur: Raffaella Nigro (Uni Catanzaro)
  • Sub-session E: The condition of migrants
  • Chairperson/Rapporteur: Chiara Favilli (Uni Florence)
  • Sub-session F: The relationships of migrants
  • Chairperson/Rapporteur: Pietro Franzina (Uni Ferrara)
13.15 - 14.30 Lunch break
14.30 - 16:30

Refugees v. Economic Migrants: Beyond the Dichotomy?


Chairperson: Bruno Nascimbene (Uni Milano) 


  • Giuseppe Cataldi (Uni Napoli L’Orientale)
  • Vincent Chetail (IHEID, Geneva)
  • Elspeth Guild (Queen Mary - TBC)
  • Fulvio Vassallo Paleologo (Uni Palermo)
16.30 - 17.00


  • Speaker: Marco Gestri (Uni Modena and Reggio Emilia)

The Congress will be held in Room 1-2 of the Faculty of Law, which is located at via Rosmini, 27, Trento.

The Faculty of Law is in the city center, a few steps away from the main square, Piazza Duomo, and 10 minutes by foot from the railway station. Follow via Pozzo to Piazza Santa Maria Maggiore, then turn left onto via Rosmini. Lecture Room 1 can be reached from via Rosmini, 27.

For more information on Trento: www.apt.trento.it



Application form: link

Registration will be closed on 29th May, 2017


Registration Fee

For the payment of the 2017 SIDI membership fee please follow specific instructions directly on the SIDI web page: link

Free admission to the congress is granted to SIDI members.
For all other participants the registration fee is €100.

The social dinner is optional; the fee is set to € 40 for each individual, for both SIDI members and SIDI non-members.

Working languages

The Congress will be held in Italian, English and French.