Conferences & Presentations

Annual Study Visit of the MSc Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (University of Oxford)

On 12 March, GDP Senior Researcher Mariette Grange was invited to address a group of students from the University of Oxford’s MSc Refugee and Forced Migration Studies programme who were visiting Geneva to learn about the work of relevant international organisations and research institutions based here. Discussing the issue of immigration detention around the world, […]

The Global Governance of Migration: Spotlight on the International Organization for Migration

On 2 February 2019, the GDP’s Senior Researcher, Mariette Grange, was invited to participate in an Expert Workshop on the International Organization for Migration (IOM) at the Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford. Her presentation, “IOM and Detention Practices,” unpacked the consequences of the IOM’s use of euphemistic language and what she described as “norm-setting by stealth.” By […]

“Red Line”: The Rise in Detention of Asylum Seekers at the External Borders of the EU

Led by the Hungarian Helsinki Committee (HHC), the “Red Line” project is working to reduce unnecessary and unlawful use of detention as a deterrence measure for asylum-seekers and irregular migrants in Europe, with a particular focus upon four key irregular migrant entry states: Hungary, Bulgaria, Greece, and Italy. In many such countries, “reception” has morphed […]

Infectious Disease: Stigmatization of Refugees and Vulnerable Migrants

The GDP’s Michael Flynn was an invited participant at a workshop hosted by the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at the Geneva Press Club entitled “Infectious Disease: Stigmatization of Refugees and Vulnerable Migrants.” The event, which took place on 27 November, explored the impact of stigma on the opportunities and protections offered to migrants, […]

Workshop: MSF Work in Detention Settings

On 22 November, GDP Researcher Izabella Majcher participated in a workshop exploring Médecins Sans Frontières’ (MSF)  role in detention settings, which took place in Rome. Majcher’s presentation examined the international human rights framework governing immigration detention, and highlighted instances of these standards being violated.

Briefing on Social Media, Human Rights, and Migration

On 15 November, the Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO) and the Global Detention Project (GDP) hosted a briefing and discussion for NGOs, IGOs, and diplomatic missions on the role social media and other new digital technologies play in migration journeys, with a special emphasis on their use in the context of detention and migration control in North Africa and the Mediterranean.

Criminalisation of Migration and Detention of Migrants

On 19 October, the GDP’s Executive Director participated in a roundtable exploring the criminalisation of migration and the detention of migrants as part of a training seminar organised by Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection entitled “Core Training on Refugees, IDPs, and Forced Migrants: Protection in Law and Practice.” More information is available here. 

Detention and Restriction of Movement of Asylum Seekers under EU Law: Deterrence, Incapacitation and Surveillance

On 5-6 October, GDP Researcher Izabella Majcher will participate in the IV CINETS Conference 2018—“Mobility and Security in an Era of Globalisation: Crimmigration at the Crossroads?”—hosted by Queen Mary, University of London. Her presentation, “Detention and Restriction of Movement of Asylum Seekers under EU Law: Deterrence, Incapacitation and Surveillance,” will take place on Friday 5 October, at 14:45-16:30. […]

Refugee Protection in a Hostile World?

Detention Centres in the Global South: The Global Detention Project at the Refugee Law Initiative Conference (London 2018) On 18-19 July, Global Detention Project Executive Director Michael Flynn and Researcher Izabella Majcher participated in the third Refugee Law Initiative Annual Conference in London. Hosted by the University of London’s School of Advanced Study, the conference reflected on the apparent […]

Europe, Migrations and the Mediterranean: Human Mobilities and Intercultural Challenges

The 15th IMISCOE Annual Conference took place in Barcelona on 2-4 July 2018. Organised by the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, the conference brought together the European migration scholarship community to draw attention to geographical dimensions of migration and to provide a forum for methodological discussions linking Mediterranean and migration studies. GDP Researcher Izabella Majcher gave a presentation on data […]

Children at the Heart of Human Rights

While there is a growing international consensus that the best interests of the child must be respected by ending the practice of child detention, many countries around the world continue to place children in detention facilities. This week, the GDP’s Senior Researcher, Mariette Grange, spoke on the theme of children in detention at the Geneva Summer School […]

Challenging Migrant Detention: Human Rights, Advocacy and Mental Health

Notions of the unwanted “other,” the “illegal” migrant, and the “bogus” refugee are increasingly prominent in public discourse, lending support to stringent border control policies whereby states are increasingly relying upon the use of detention to control the movement of foreigners. The detrimental impact of these trends on the health and wellbeing of migrants and […]

Protecting the Rights of Migrants: International Norms Facing Contemporary Challenges

GDP Researcher Mariette Grange gave a workshop to government representatives, academics, representatives of international and non-governmental organisations, and representatives of national human rights institutions as part of the “Protecting the Rights of Migrants: International Norms Facing Contemporary Challenges” course in Sanremo, Italy. Organised by the International Institute of Humanitarian Law (IIHL) in partnership with the Organisation Internationale […]

The Effectiveness of the EU Return Policy at All Costs: The Coercive Use of Administrative Pre-Removal Detention 

In February 2017, the European Commission (EC) adopted a specific Recommendation to guide EU states in the interpretation of the Returns Directive, stressing that detention can be essential in enhancing the effectiveness of the return system. However, despite its administrative label, pre-removal detention as interpreted by the EC contains punitive elements. GDP Researcher Izabella Majcher […]

Thinking Beyond Detention

The GDP’s Michael Flynn participated in the University of Oxford’s Border Criminologies 5th birthday conference—“Beyond Critique”—on 19/20 April 2018. With support from the Bonavero Human Rights Institute at the University of Oxford and the Migration Policy Centre at the European University Institute, the two-day conference brought together an international group of artists, scholars, policy-makers, practitioners, […]

The Global South and the World: Past, Present and Future

The Annual Conference of the Association of Global South Studies, held in Marrakech 14-16 December, featured a presentation from the GDP’s director entitled “How the Global North is turning the Global South into an immigration detention gulag,” as well as a presentation of the new GDP volume, “Challenging Immigration Detention: Academics, Activists and Policy-Makers.” More […]

Is Ending the Detention of Children an “Alternative”?

The GDP’s Michael Flynn gave a presentation on the challenges of pursuing an end to the immigration detention of children through advocacy of “alternatives to detention” at a colloquium at the University of Geneva titled “Migrations, State Obligations, and Rights in a Globalized Context.” The event, which took place on 12 October 2017, was part of Geneva’s […]

Détention et autres entraves à la liberté de circulation

Mariette Grange gave a course on “Détention et autres entraves à la liberté de circulation” during the first course on the rights of migrants held in French by the International Institute of Humanitarian Law in partnership with the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie. Some fifty participants, mainly from francophone Africa, attended the course, entitled: « […]

Immigration Detention of Children: Coming to a Close?

Immigration Detention of Children: Coming to a Close? The GDPs Michael Flynn participated in this two-day conference co-hosted by the Council of Europe and the Czech Ministry of Justice(25-26 September 2017). Information about the event is available here. Flynn’s presentation was titled “Are There ‘Alternatives’ for Children?” “Are There ‘Alternatives’ for Children?” By Michael Flynn […]

Immigration Detention in the European Union: Research and Advocacy

Izabella Majcher gave a presentation titled “Immigration Detention in the European Union: Research and Advocacy” at the Open Society Initiative for Europe‘s (OSIFE) Protection and Rights of Migrants Grantee Convening “Between Politics And Enforcement: Safeguarding And Advancing Migrant Rights In Europe.” Madrid, 18 – 19 September 2017.

Laws and Practice of Immigration Detention in the European Union: European Union Law vs. International Human Rights Law

Izabella Majcher presented a paper on the the EU detention regime and its compatibility with international human rights law at the Migration Law Section of the 2017 Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) Conference taking place in Dublin on 5-8 September.  

Measuring and gathering data on immigration detention

Mariette Grange to give a workshop titled “Measuring and gathering data on immigration detention,” at the European Network on Statelessness Conference Protecting Stateless Persons From Arbitrary Detention, held in Budapest, Hungary, 4-5 May 2017.

When the Exception becomes the rule: European Union Societies on the move

Izabella Majcher to give a presentation titled “Trends in Immigration Detention in the European Union,” which outlines the GDP’s ongoing research on immigration detention in EU countries, at the conference When the Exception becomes the rule: European Union Societies on the move, hosted by International Institute for the Sociology of Law, in Oñati, Spain, 4-5 […]

Analyzing Immigration Detention from a Global Perspective

Michael Flynn to give a presentation at the workshop “Immigration Detention in the Age of Migration Control” held at the University of Southern California on 7 April 2017 and co-hosted by the USC Gould School of Law, Border Criminologies at Oxford University, and the UCLA School of Law. Flynn’s presentation is entitled “Analyzing Immigration Detention from […]

GDP Briefing to UN Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries

The GDP’s executive director gave a briefing to the UN Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries on the key multinational corporations that operate immigration detention centres around. The Working Group intends to include this issue in its 2017 report to the UN General Assembly report. Information about the list of companies discussed during the […]

25th Anniversary of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention

The GDP’s senior researcher Mariette Grange was a panelist at the 25th anniversary commemoration of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, which took place at the Palais des Nation in Geneva on 28 November 2016. She gave a presentation entitled “Data Collection and Tracking State Detention Practices: Examples of State Legislation and Practices – […]

CINETS Conference

Three GDP papers were presented at the 3rd Annual CINETS Conference, “Crimmigration in the Shadow of Sovereignty,” held at the University of Maryland on 6-7 October 2016: Galina Cornelisse, “The Constitutionalisation of Immigration Detention“; Matthew Flynn, “Capitalism and Immigration Control“; and Michael Flynn, “Detained Beyond the Sovereign.” Information about the conference is available here.

Human Rights, Business, and Immigration Detention

HUMAN RIGHTS, BUSINESS AND IMMIGRATION DETENTION Parallel event at the 32nd session of the Human Rights Council Thursday 16 June 2016, 2:00pm – 3:00 pm ROOM IV, PALAIS DES NATIONS, Geneva SPEAKERS Surya Deva, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights Michael Flynn, Global Detention Project (Switzerland) Brynn O’Brien, No Business in Abuse (Australia) […]

Tracking Immigration Detention Data Globally: An Introduction to the Global Detention Project Online Database

The Global Detention Project is pleased to announce that it will be co-hosting a parallel event at the upcoming session of the UN Human Rights Council at which we will present the GDP’s new website and online database. The event, titled “Tracking Immigration Detention Data Globally: An Introduction to the Global Detention Project Online Database,” […]

The Plight of Children and Women Seeking Asylum in Australia

Mariette Grange served as a panelist at this side event to the UN Human Rights Council. The event was organized by Edmund Rice International, Franciscans International, Destination Justice, and ChilOut. Other panelists included Phil Glendenning, Refugee Council of Australia; Mohammad Ali Baqiri, former detainee at the offshore detention centre in Nauru and the 2015 ChilOut Youth […]

Privatization in the International Arena

Michael Flynn presented a paper on non-state actor involvement in immigration detention regimes at this conference, which was held at the California Western School of Law in San Diego and cosponsored by the University of California, San Diego, and the Scholars Strategy Network. More information is avaiable here.

Detention in Latin America

In late November, Michael Flynn participated in a series of lectures and workshops in Buenos Aires organized by the University of Lanus (Centro de Justicia y Derechos Humanos), UNHCR, the IOM, the Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales, as well as several other local and regional organizations around the theme of human rights and migration in […]

Detention Norms and Lebanon

On 17 November Izabella Majcher gave a training session titled “Freedom of Movement and Restrictions thereof, including Detention” as part of the International Refugee Law Course for Lebanese officials organized by the International Institute of Humanitarian Law and UNHCR in Sanremo, Italy.

Annual Conference of the International Social Theory Consortium, University of Cambridge

Prof. Matthew Flynn of Georgia Southern University, a GDP contributing researcher, presented his GDP Working Paper titled “Bureacratic Capitalism and the Immigration Detention Complex” at the Annual Conference of the International Social Theory Consortium, University of Cambridge, 17-19 June 2015 (


Mariette Grange gave a presentation on immigration detention practices in Europe at this Jesuit-organized initiative aimed at improving cross-border dialogue, which was held in Madrid on 28 May. More information about this initiative is available here.

Yale University

Michael Flynn gave a presentation at the conference “Detention on a Global Scale: Punishment and Beyond,” hosted by the Yale Law School on 9-10 April. Flynn’s presentation was titled “Liberty or Security? Human Rights and the Expanding Landscape of Immigration Detention.” Other presenters on Flynn’s panel included Mary Bosworth, Allegra McLeod, and Zonke Majodina.

University of Athens

On 20 March Izabella Majcher presented a paper titled “Immigration Detention under EU Law and International Obligations of Member States” at the conference “Regulating ‘irregular’ migration: International obligations and international responsibility,” held at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

International Studies Association

Cecilia Cannon, former research assistant at the GDP, presented a paper she coauthored with Michael Flynn at the ISA’s 56th Annual Convention in New Orleans (18-21 February 2015). The paper was titled “Does Privatization Explain the Poor Treatment of People in Immigration Detention?”

Odysseus Conference

On 6 February 2015, Mariette Grange chaired the session “Introducing the notion of alternatives to detention in the EU policy-making” at the final conference of the Odysseus Network’s “Made Real” Project, “Alternatives to Immigration Detention in The EU: The Time For Implementation,” which was held at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.

Texas International Law Journal Symposium

Michael Flynn gave a presentation titled “Concealing and Revealing: The Role of Liberal Norms in the Evolution of Detention Regimes” at the Texas International Law Journal Symposium “Immigration and Freedom of Movement” (University of Texas at Austin, 5 February 2015).

La détention liée au statut migratoire: cadre juridique, spécificité et défis pour la recherche

Children in Immigration Detention: A Hidden Problem

Global Detention Project launches as independent association

The Global Detention Project (GDP) announces today that it has re-launched as an independent non-profit research centre after being based for eight years at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.

European Union Immigration Detention Regime: A Manifestation of Crimmigration?

Migrations et frontières: chercheurs, praticiens et artistes croisent leurs regards

Izabelle Majcher and Mariette Grange gave a presentation entitled “Les frontières de la détention administrative” at the University of Geneva conference Frontières et migrations : Chercheurs, praticiens et artistes croisent leurs regards, held on the 17th of September 2014. Read more about the programme here.

Irregular Migration in the EU and Italy: Are New Criteria Needed to Manage and Control?

Measuring Immigration Detention: An Introduction to the Global Detention Project’s Data Design and Methodology

Panelist at UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention’s Stakeholders Consultation to prepare draft principles and guidelines on remedies and procedures on the right to court review of detention

Dialogue examining the global expansion of immigration-related detention practices

Michael Flynn participated to the dialogue examining the global expansion of immigration-related detention hosted by the Center for Migration Studies (CMS) in New York, on July 21, 2014. Read more here.

Presentation on Global Detention Project Database

Presentation comparing Japan’s detention practices to those of other countries

On the Maturation of Immigration Detention: Theories and Evidence

Read more here.

Participant at UNHCR Global Detention Strategy Meeting

Participant at Expert Consultation held at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on a new Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty

Panelist at a workshop on the future of immigration in Europe that was part of the annual conference of the German newspaper Tageszeitung

Participant at Expert Meeting on Indicators on the Human Rights of Migrants organized in collaboration with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva (OHCHR), the World Bank’s Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD)

Participant at Fiducia workshop on the criminalisation of migrants

Immigration Detention in the EU: De Facto Criminalization?

Immigration Detention and the EU Stockholm Programme: Trends and Challenges

Presentation on the challenges and importance of developing systematic data on detention centres at a workshop

Keynote presentation at the Council of Europe conference

Presentation on working with rights advocates to develop data construction on immigration detention laws and policies

Global Trends in the Practice of Immigration Detention

Mariette Grange gave a presentation at the Summer School on Human Rights, Migration & Globalization of the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland, Galway, on July 9, 2014. Read the programme here.

Immigration Detention: A Global Phenomenon

Illegality Regimes in EU Law: The Case of Immigration Detention

Detention across Borders: The Global Legacy of U.S. Immigration Interdiction Practices

Alternatives to Detention

Working with Rights Advocates to Develop Reliable Information on Immigration Detention

Liberty v. Security: How the Promotion of Fundamental Rights Can Encourage the Expansion of Immigration Detention.

Immigration Detention in Europe: Lessons for Asia

Quand la minorité impose sa loi à la majorité: paradoxes de la migration masculine dans les pays du Golfe Persique

Mariette Grange’s intervention is available in full here.

European Summer School: European Union Law and Policy on Immigration and Asylum

Developing Tools for Documenting Detention: Asylum Access Leadership Training

Immigration Detention and Children

Presentation at the conference “Dispelling Myths about Migration”

Read the full programme here.

Holding Patterns: Can Advocacy Efforts to Reform Migration Detention Inadvertently Lead to the Growth of Detention Regimes?

Presentation on Global Detention Project data construction methodology

Europe’s Role in Expanding Detention Regimes

Global Roundtable on Alternatives to Detention

The Immigration Detention Code: Developing Tools for Documenting Detention Practices

The Detention of Non-citizens: An Empirical Primer

Joint Global Detention Project and International Detention Coalition Workshop: Detention at the Border of Europe

Read the report on the event here.

Expert Group Meeting on the International Framework for Action to Implement the Migrant Smuggling Protocol

Discussant. “Extraterritoriality: The Juridical, Spatial, and Political Condition of Refugee Camps and Other Extraterritorial Spaces.”

See the full programme here.

Immigration Detention and the Aesthetics of Incarceration

What Is the Global Detention Project

Presentation on developing working ties between the Global Detention Project and the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention