The president of the IARLJ Katelijne Declerck was invited to the seventh annual Geneva Forum of Judges & Lawyers, to reflect on practical, policy, and legal challenges posed by contemporary movements of refugees and migrants, perceived as exceptional in terms of their scale and speed. Particular situations to be considered include those in Europe (with people coming primarily from and through North Africa and the Middle East, including from Syria, Eritrea, Iraq and Afghanistan); in the Americas (including people coming to the United States of America from Central and South America); in Asia (including in relation to the Rohingya across Southeast Asia, and in relation to practices involving Australia and the Pacific); and within and from parts of Sub-Saharan Africa.
The Forum intended to focus particularly on the role of judges and lawyers in securing individuals' procedural rights in such situations, and in reviewing the constitutionality and international legality of relevant national legislation, policies, and practices.
The president was joined by the vice-presidents of the Asia Pacific Chapter Judge Seong Soo KIM, Presiding Judge, Seoul Central District Court, Korea and Judge Maria Josefina Torres, Judge, 4th Judicial Region, Philippines as well as Judge Lemus Laporte the Vice-President, Americas Chapter of the IARLJ Costa Rican Administrative Tribunal of Immigration, Tribunal Administrativo Migratorio.
The main output of the Forum is set of principles on the role of Judges and Lawyers in relation to refugees and migrants. Click here to read the panel discussions on the website of International Commission of Jurists