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GJA members attend UN Global Compact for Migration

Dr McCall-Smith, who is currently Chair of the Association of Human Rights Institutes, and Dr Ruiz Abou-Nigm, who is currently Vice-President of the European Law Faculties Association, each attended thematic sessions designed to deliberate the particulars of this massive UN-led project. 

As members of the Global Justice Academy, they represented the University of Edinburgh in these high-level discussions to help formulate the next steps to combat ever-growing legal and policy issues associated with mass and irregular migration. 

The Compact aims to deliver a comprehensive approach to human mobility as well as further clarification of and support for existing international frameworks addressing migration, refugees and trafficking.

Both Dr McCall-Smith and Dr Ruiz About-Nigm will represent the University in future sessions later this autumn.


1. To read more about the UN Global Compact for Migration and the discussions that took place in Vienna on 4-5 September 2017, please see a blog written by Dr McCall-Smith for the Global Justice Academy titled, Smuggling or Trafficking? Defining the Terms in the UN Migration Compact.

2. Dr Kasey McCall-Smith of Edinburgh Law School assumed the role of Chair of the Association of Human Rights Institutes (AHRI) on behalf of the Global Justice Academy, following the official handover of the AHRI Secretariat to Scotland in April 2017.