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Gonzaga Journal of International Law Symposium

The Gonzaga Journal of International Law
Annual Symposium


“Immigration and Migration: Theory and Practice”

Friday, March 21, 2014
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Barbieri Courtroom, Gonzaga Law School

The Gonzaga Journal of International Law (GJIL) invites GU alumni, students, faculty, attorneys, and the general public to attend its annual Symposium on Friday, March 21. The GJIL Symposium is an opportunity for legal scholars and practitioners to come together to discuss contemporary questions and challenges in the area of international law. The theme of this year’s Symposium is “Immigration.”

The Symposium will endeavor to provide a holistic overview of the immigration process in the United States as compared to other countries by examining the topic in multiple ways and from multiple perspectives.

A domestic discussion will include: immigration reform, policy, and practice.  Underlying these issues are continued concerns regarding rights of immigrants detained in the U.S.  This will facilitate a deeper discussion regarding deportation, conditions for detainees, and other issues relating to basic human rights.  In the domestic portion of this CLE, panelists will provide insight to these issues by examining US policy, procedure, and attempts at reform.

Next, a comparative discussion will be offered examining differences between the approaches taken by the United States toward immigrant issues as opposed to other, more conflict driven regions of the world.  By engaging in this discussion, attendee’s will be better suited to evaluate immigrant issues and think more deeply about what drives U.S. policy concerns with respect to immigrants and immigration reform.  Through this discussion, panelists will offer insight into cultural and human rights issues that may play an important role worldwide causing increased immigration of certain groups to new countries.

Finally, to round out the discussion, panelists will put faces to the general term “immigrant.”  Who is this person and what brought them to a new country?  Through the use of first-hand accounts and advocates who specialize in assisting people who are either refugees or who are in need of political asylum, attendees will come to better understand the variety of ways one may find themselves immigrating to a new country and the various legal barriers that stand in their way.  Further, accounts of those who are charged with the task of enforcing domestic immigration policy will be provided to stimulate discussion about the daily realities.

6 CLE credits, including 1 ethics credit, will be offered in connection with this day-long Symposium.

For other questions about the symposium, please contact Kelsi Wainwright or Allison Hardgrove, Symposium Editors, at kwainwright@lawschool.gonzaga.edu or ahardgrove@lawschool.gonzaga.edu