Past event



Chatham House Primer: What is a Refugee?

Chatham House, London


William Maley, Professor of Diplomacy, Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, Australian National University; Author, What is a Refugee?


Professor William Maley will offer an introduction to the complex idea of 'the refugee' - setting the current European crisis within the wider history of human exile and displaced peoples.

The talk will cover:

  • Differentiating migrants, asylum seekers, displaced persons and refugees
  • The post war origins of modern refugee protections
  • Legal definition of a refugee:
    • Article 14(1) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948
    • Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees 1951
    • Optional Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees 1967
  • The rights and obligations of refugees and host countries
  • Refugee flows by numbers
  • The current European refugee crisis: reviewing the efficacy of some proposed solutions
  • The human side of the refugee ‘problem’

About Chatham House Primers

The Chatham House Primer Series is a unique programme of talks designed to bridge the gap between introductory level subject knowledge and a more advanced understanding geared towards practical application, higher-level discussion and policy debate.

With each talk hosted by a leading expert, the Primer series aims to provide the audience with a solid grounding in topics of academic curiosity, key international affairs concepts and the issues behind the news.

This event will be followed by a reception open to all attendees.