IBA Annual Conference on International Criminal Law: The World in Crisis

4 Feb 2017

Session information

The refugee crisis: refugees as victims of slavery and other crimes

Saturday 4 February (1000 - 1115)


War Crimes Committee (Lead)
European Regional Forum


Today, the world is confronted with unprecedented movements of forcibly displaced people from various countries and continents. More than 60 million people worldwide have had to leave their homes due to armed conflict, persecution, violent extremism, religious or political intolerance, and human rights abuses. The growing number of people forcibly displaced across the globe – and more generally, the increased numbers of people travelling in mixed flows with the assistance of smugglers – means an increasing number of individuals who are at heightened risk of trafficking and forced slavery. This panel will discuss: • The interplay between international refugee law, migration law and international criminal justice • The movement of persons across borders in international law and the impact of international criminal law and international human rights law on migration control • Human trafficking as a crime against humanity • Fighting illegal migration and international human rights standards

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

Jens Dieckmann Becher & Dieckmann - Rechtsanwälte, Bonn, Germany; Co-Vice Chair , War Crimes Committee


Iain Edwards 1MCB Chambers, London, England
Catherine Woollard European Council on Refugees and Exiles, Brussels, Belgium
Professor Harmen van der Wilt University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands