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2018 Rule of Law Conference

When People Flee: Rule of Law and Forced Migration

On April 17, 2018, the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) hosted its Annual Issues Conference exploring key legal frameworks and rule of law challenges surrounding the global forced migration crisis. The conference took place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. 

Keynote addresses

Anne C. Richard, Georgetown University Institute for International Migration, Former Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration

Louise Arbour, United Nations Special Representative for International Migration


Audio Recordings

Couldn't attend the event? Click the respective track to listen to its panel sessions.

Central America

Panel 1: 0000-01:14:00 
Fleeing the Northern Triangle: Poverty, Crime, and Corruption

Panel 2: 01:14:00-02:24:00
From the Pan into the Fire: Facing the Dangers of Organized Crime through Mexico

Panel 3: 02:24:00-03:37:00
Yearning to Breathe Free: Welcome to the United States? 


Panel 1: 000-1:22:15
Fleeing Fragility: African Migrants and the Evasive Dream of Something Better

Panel 2: 1:23:00-2:43:00
Along the Deadliest Route: Can the Rule of Law Save Migrant Lives Transiting through Libya?  

Panel 3: 02:44:48- 3:54:00
Crossing the Mediterranean: Europe’s Mixed Migration Challenge


Panel 1: 0000-1:07:00
From Arab Spring to Syrian Catastrophe: Civil War and Mass Displacement

Panel 2: 1:08:00-2:23:00
En Route to Nowhere: Basic Rights in Transit 

Panel 3: 2:23:00 - 3:42:00  
Seeking Calm in Europe