10th Biennial IBA Global Immigration Conference

30 Nov - 2 Dec 2022

Session information

The world in crisis: how lawyers and NGOs responded to the Afghan airlift and Ukraine invasion

Thursday 1 December (1600 - 1800)


Immigration and Nationality Law Committee (Lead)


This session will look at the way in which lawyers, NGOs civil society and lawmakers dealt with two major crises-the Taliban takeover and Afghan airlift in September 2021 and the invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. To what extend did the later crises put the earlier one it’s in shadow? How have lawyers navigated the complexities of assisting refugees to leave where there are no safe and legal routes, and how does the treatment of Afghan refugees differ from the temporary protection instruments available to Ukrainians at EU and national level?

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

Anne O'Donoghue Immigration Solutions Lawyers, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; Vice Chair for Diversity and Inclusion - Global Employment Institute (GEI)

Keynote Speakers

Baroness Helena Kennedy KC International Bar Association, London, England


Katie Newbury Kingsley Napley LLP, London, England
Karolina Schiffter PCS Paruch Chrusciel Schiffter | Littler Global, Warsaw, Poland
Alex Stojicevic MKS Lawyers, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Refugee Officer, Immigration and Nationality Law Committee
Helle Holm Thomsen Holm Thomsen Law, Copenhagen S, Denmark

Session presentations