Seeking Refuge: lessons from Europe’s migration crisis

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The GREEK ORTHODOX COMMUNITY of NSW in conjuction with UTS, UNSW and the University of Sydney presents a special series of seminars by prominent Greek academics

Prof DIMITRIS CHRISTOPOULOS & Dr KOSTIS KARPOZILOS. The two prominent Greek academics and public intellectuals will be giving a series of seminars in Sydney.

Refugee and migration management have entered into a new era in the Western World. Over the last years, a whole new paradigm has entered into force, which is based on the idea of the so-called “externalization” of migration control. The destination countries inau- gurate a system of cooperation with (and financing of) third countries which undertake the task of prevention of irregular migration and the return of irregular migrants. In this con- text, the legal position of those asylum seekers challenges seriously the Geneva Convention (1951). Furthermore, the human rights conditions in the countries that people are returned or are stacked raises fundamental concerns. Is the new ‘externalization’ paradigm compatible with international law? Is it politically sustain- able? Can it work after all and are there alternatives to it? Such are questions raised in this lecture from a historical, political and institutional view point.


This seminar will be delivered In English at UNSW Law Theatre G02 (lower campus) at 6.30pm

Dimitris Christopoulos is a Greek academic, writer and activist. Ηe is a Professor at the Department of Political Science and History of Panteion University in Athens where he teaches ever since 2000. He has been elected President of the International Federation for Human Rights in 2016. FIDH Vice President in 2013 after having chaired the board of the Hellenic League for Human Rights, the biggest and oldest Greek human rights association, (www. for eight years (2003-2011). He has studied law in Greece, political science in France, legal theory in Belgium and holds a French Phd in Public Law. He has taught as visiting professor and has provided lectures in different universities in Europe and the US. His academic publications and books reflect par excellence his interventions as a public intellectual in the field of human rights, migration, minorities and citizenship. Christopoulos is frequently interviewed by international or Greek media, writes regularly in the Greek and to a lesser extend to the international press.

Kostis Karpozilos is a historian and the director of the Contemporary Social History Archives (ASKI). He has earned a degree in Modern Greek Literature at the University of Thessaloniki (2002), completed an M.A. in Historical Research at the University of Sheffield (2003) and a Ph.D. in History at the University of Crete (2010). His thesis focused on revolutionary diasporas in the United States and the trajectory of Greek-American radicalism in the 20th century. He is the scriptwriter of the documentary Greek-American Radicals: the Untold Story (2013), the author of a book on the Cretan socialist intellectual Stavros Kallergis (Benaki Museum, 2013), and of Red America: Greek Iimmigrants and the Quest for a New World, 1900-1950 (Crete University Press, 2017). His latest book (co-authored with Dimitris Christopoulos) concerned the Macedonian Question (10+1 questions and answers on the Macedonian Question, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, 2018). Karpozilos was a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University, Princeton University and University of Oxford and has taught at the University of the Peloponnese and at Columbia University before joining College Year in Athens. He has written extensively on the Greek crisis, the European Left

and the limits of political imagination in the post-1989 world and currently he is working on an international history of the Greek Left.

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