Is there a solution to the world’s refugee crisis? What happens after war?
Worldwide more than 65 million people are refugees, asylum seekers or displaced within their own country. SOAS asks questions about the politics, economics and histories that produce refugee and migration flows. We provide answers based on social justice, national and international law.
Dr Phil Clark’s research into the Rwandan community-based “gacaca” justice system and its use after the 1994 genocide provides a powerful example of how countries can move on from conflict. Dr Clark argues that mass participation in truth-telling and accountability is more important for laying the foundations of reconciliation than laws and lawyers. To date, he has advised the US, UK, Danish, Australian, French, Norwegian, Swedish and Ugandan governments, as well as the UN and NGOs. Not content with influencing today’s policymakers, he is also training tomorrow’s peacemakers, through his teaching at SOAS and mentoring of Rwandan researchers through a DFID-funded project with Aegis Trust Rwanda.
We are seeking support to help us focus our efforts through creating a world class centre of expertise in Global Affairs. It would tackle issues such as inequality, racial discrimination, humanitarian crises, corruption, human rights, and international security in partnership with policymakers, civil society actors and those directly affected by injustice.