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Call for Papers: Nirma University’s Virtual Conference on International Humanitarian and Refugee Law [Jan 13]: Submit by Nov 20

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The Center for International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, Institute of Law, Nirma University, Ahmedabad is proposing to organize the Ninth edition of its annual flagship event International Virtual Conference on International Humanitarian and Refugee Law on the themes as suggested below in collaboration with International Committee on Red Cross (ICRC) and the  United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) India on January 13, 2021.

About the Conference

The conference aims to promote discussions that reflect on the successes and challenges in the treaty implementation that have been universally ratified in the field of International Humanitarian Laws.

The last five years have witnessed a dramatic increase in the number of forcibly displaced people worldwide, and a key part of the international response has been a multilateral and multi-stakeholder effort to develop an architecture to share more equitably and predictably the burden and responsibility for hosting and supporting the world’s refugees.

The conference will offer a reflective assessment of this regime-strengthening exercise – the key milestones of which have been the New York Declaration, the Global Compact on Refugees, and the first Global Refugee Forum – and assesses what has been achieved and what challenges still lie ahead. The conference will also reflect on the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, its impact on the international refugee response regime.


The conference is open to undergraduate/postgraduate students, academicians and Ph.D. scholars. This conference is an opportunity for all to interact with like-minded individuals from different institutes all across the globe. The conference will provide a platform for discussions and deliberations with experts, dedicated organizations and stakeholders in the relevant field.

To encourage participants, the best papers will be rewarded, and selected papers would be published in an edited volume of Conference proceedings.

Objectives of the Conference

  • To create awareness amongst students and academia and to initiate a dialogue amongst various stakeholders about the Geneva Convention and its significance.
  • Reflective assessment of the refugee regime-strengthening exercise – the key milestones of which have been the New York Declaration, the Global Compact on Refugees, and the first Global Refugee Forum – and assesses what has been achieved and what challenges still lie ahead.
  • To develop and strengthen the Institute’s relation with concerned organizations.

Themes of the Conference

  • Blurring lines between civilians and combatants due to technological advancements in warfare under the Geneva Conventions.
  • Good practices of refugee protection in India and South Asia.
  •   Supporting urban refugees during COVID-19 pandemic: Challenges and Solutions.
  • Analysis of recent judgments in IHL for strengthening its enforcement and implementation.
  • Health Care in Danger.
  • Challenges and Prospects of Humanitarian Organizations.

Submission Guidelines

  • The soft copy of the contribution (abstract and final paper) must be sent as attachments in MS Word format (.doc) or (.docx) and PDF format (.pdf) to [email protected]
  • The abstract should be typed in Times New Roman, with 1.5 spacing and font size 12 (title font size 15), not exceeding 300 words. It should be submitted latest by November 20, 2020, in soft copy.
  • The final paper (not exceeding 3000 words) should reach latest by December 27, 2020, in soft copy. Word limit is inclusive of footnotes.
  • Citations should strictly conform to the rules in The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th edition).
  • The submission should include a “separate” cover page document which clearly indicates the name(s) of the author(s), complete mailing address(es), telephone number(s) and email address(es).
  • The text of the full paper and abstract must include the title of the paper, but must not include the name(s) of the author(s), as the papers will be blind reviewed.
  • Co-authorship is allowed only up to two authors.
  • Acceptance of the abstract would be notified within a week of receipt of the same.
  • Only original unpublished work is sought. Any proposal submitted to present identical or substantially similar work already published or under review for any other publication will not be considered.
  • Selected articles shall be published in the conference proceedings with an authenticated ISBN number, and a copy of the book, as well as a certificate of publication, shall be provided to each selected author.
  • Among the papers received, four top papers will be rewarded.

Important Dates                                        

  • Abstract Submission: November 20, 2020.
  • Paper Submission: December 27, 2020.
  • For further details about the submission guidelines and registration fees, the brochure is attached herein.

Contact Details

Faculty Coordinator: Ms. Anviksha Pachori.

Student Coordinator(s):

Shubham Vijay, Chairperson (+91-9571878165) [WhatsApp]

Rishika Garg, Vice-Chairperson (+91-7976611758) [WhatsApp]

Anchal Jain, Treasurer (+91-9783531211) [WhatsApp]

Email: [email protected]


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