Seminar: Prof. Susan Akram: Protecting Syrian Refugees: Laws, Policies and Global Responsibility-Sharing

The Syrian refugee crisis has brought tremendous challenges to the Middle East region and beyond. This talk by Professor Susan Akram, will be based on research conducted, over the past two and a half years by Boston University’s (BU) International Human Rights Law Clinic that maps out an aspect of the crisis that has received insufficient attention: that is, the interplay of laws and policies at the international, regional and domestic level affecting the rights and status of the refugees out of Syria in the neighboring host states. 

Susan Akram. Photo: Boston University


  • Welcome & Introduction: Tom Syring, visiting scholar at the NCHR
  • Lecture: Susan Akram
  • Discussion and Q&As

Key protection gaps

The seminar will cover the interplay of these parameters affecting refugees in four main host states—Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan—and address the key protection gaps between existing legal obligations and implementation on the ground. The research links those findings to international obligations of responsibility-sharing and assesses key mechanisms that require third states outside the region to offer refugee and humanitarian status to the refugees in their territories.

Professor Susan Akram

Professor Susan Akram directs BU Law’s International Human Rights Clinic, in which she supervises students engaged in international advocacy in domestic, international, regional, and UN fora. Her research and publications focus on immigration, asylum, refugee, forced migration, and human and civil rights issues, with an interest in the Middle East, the Arab, and Muslim world. Read more about Susan Akram on BU website.

Research report: Protecting Syrian Refugees: Laws, Policies, and Global Responsibility Sharing

Published Aug. 1, 2017 3:49 PM - Last modified Aug. 16, 2017 1:00 PM