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Third Annual T.M.C. Asser Lecture

05 October 2017, 13:11 CET
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Professor Saskia Sassen will deliver this year’s Annual T.M.C. Asser Lecture entitled 'When the Law cannot recognise Extreme Injustice even if it affects Millions'

  • immigration
When 30-11-2017
from 03:15 PM to 05:30 PM
Where The Hague, The Netherlands
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Contact Phone +31 (0)70 3420300
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Each year the Asser Institute invites an internationally renowned jurist and outstanding public intellectual to take inspiration from Tobias Asser's idea of cultivating trust and respect through law and legal institutions.

Professor Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University and one of the world's most prominent scholars on global cities, immigration, and states in the world economy. Inequality, gendering, digitisation and the implications of economic globalisation for nation-states and international law are key variables in her work. She is the author and co-editor of numerous books that have been published in over twenty languages. Her latest book is 'Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy'. For her work, Sassen has received various awards and honours. Most recently, she was made a Foreign Member of the Royal Academy of the Sciences of the Netherlands.

Refugees of 'economic development'

Her lecture will deal with an emergent type of migrant not formally recognised in law: a refugee not of war, but from particular forms of “economic development” that not only cause environmental destruction, but also have expelled millions of rural smallholders from their land over the last few years. She will elaborate on the need for a new legal regime that recognises this development.

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