“Stop the Boats” “Invasion” “Illegal Migrants” “Rwanda Migration Plan” – call-signs for legislative change from the government which not only signifies a watershed in the UK’s approach to refugee protection, but also underpins a mission creep to silence British Judges, and to undermine the very essence of our constitutional protection of the separation of powers.
In giving the Inaugural Lecture for the Centre for International Law and Globalisation, Dr S Chelvan, a Visiting Adjunct Professor with the Law School, a Southampton graduate, and self-identified Activist Lawyer will be providing his personal, professional, and academic insight into this dramatic elevation of the battle between political ideology, and individual human rights and refugee protection. Dr Chelvan will address why this pivotal moment in the UK’s relationship with the 1951 Refugee Convention heralds a significant departure in not only the nation’s relationship with international law, but additionally with enforceable domestic human rights protection, and the position of both Judges in the UK, and the European Court of Human Rights.
Dr Chelvan is Head of Immigration and Public Law at 33 Bedford Row Chambers. He was Called by the Bar by Inner Temple in October 1999. He has a global reputation in the field of protection and human rights claims based on sexual, or gender identity and expression. Dr Chelvan litigates from the First-Tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) to the European Court of Human Rights. His practice involves a symbiotic relationship between the law, academic research, and policy development both on a national, and international front. Dr Chelvan holds a First in Politics and Law from Southampton (1998), an LL.M from Harvard Law School (2001), as a Kennedy Memorial Trust Scholar, and a PhD in Law from Kings College London (2019).
Centre for International Law and Globalisation
The Centre for International Law and Globalisation (CILG) brings together researchers working in a broad range of fields of international and global law.
The core aims of the Centre are, first, to foster innovative research and policy engagement by experts in distinct substantive areas of international law. Secondly, recognizing that contemporary global challenges are multi-dimensional, the Centre provides a space within which researchers can work collaboratively, cutting across distinct substantive areas, to explore law’s role and potential contribution in addressing contemporary international and global challenges through the identification and development of multi-disciplinary, integrative responses and approaches.