The Impacts of COVID-19 on Refugees and Migrants



The vulnerabilities and resilience of refugees and migrants are nuanced by the laws, environment, and society they exist within. These lived realities are now further complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Join Inter Gentes: McGill Journal of International Law and Legal Pluralism for a panel discussion examining this new reality.

This event will feature a two-part panel, the first led by academics, and the second led by practitioners working on the ground.

On Zoom:


Professor Evan Fox-Decent, McGill University Faculty of Law - Professor Fox-Decent will be examining why the international community should embrace the duty of non-refoulement as a peremptory norm of general international law (jus cogens) that applies even during public emergencies such as the coronavirus pandemic.

Professor Jaya Ramji-Nogales, Temple Law School - Professor Ramji-Nogales will discuss “normative authority” of refugee and migration laws and regulations during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Jordan Manalastas - Manalastas is is a graduate of UCLA and Cornell Law School. He now works as an immigration lawyer and public defender based in New York City. He practices removal defense for individuals detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and facing deportation.

Ahmed Ullah, Canadian Rohingya Development Initiative - Ullah is a Canadian activist and Human Rights Defender for the Rohingya people actively supporting his local Rohingya community and co-founding the Canadian Rohingya Development Initiative. He has spoken around the world including the United Nations, Global Education Skills Forum, and more.

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