Thinking Beyond Detention

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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, activists, and lawyers to discuss strategies and hopes for change.

Michael Flynn’s presentation, “Between Resistance and Resilience: Challenges and Risks in Moving Beyond Detention Critique,” discussed strategies that different social actors have used in their efforts to challenge and roll back immigration detention. Drawing on contributions to the recently released book, “Challenging Immigration Detention: Academics, Activists, and Policy-Makers,” he detailed the successes and shortcomings in direct action, the promotion of “alternatives,” and research and investigative approaches.



Conference celebrating 5 years of Border Criminologies at the Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford.

Hosted By: Border Criminologies, Bonavero Institute of Human Rights and the Migration Policy Centre at the European University Institute


19th April – Artistic Responses to Border Control

15.30 – 15.40 Registration

15.40-16.00 Welcome and opening remarks (Professor Mary Bosworth, Director Centre for Criminology and Border Criminologies)

16:00- 16.40 Men in Waiting (Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll, University of Birmingham and Christoph Balzar, Bonn University)

16:40- 17.10 No Man’s Land (Nana Ververopoulou, Independent Artist)

17:10-17:40 Inhabited Cartographies (Abinadi Meza, University of Houston)

17:40 – 18:30 Drinks Reception and Display of Immigration Detention Archive


20th April – Law, Social Science and Civil Society Responses to Border Control

09.00-09.30 Registration, tea and coffee

09:30- 09.45 Introduction & Welcome (Vanessa Barker, Stockholm University)

Law Panel (Chair: Ana Aliverti, University of Warwick)

09:45-10:30 Massive Collaborative Representation as Resistance (Juliet Stumpf, Lewis & Clark Law School and Stephen Manning, Lawyer in Portland, Oregon)

10:30-11:00 Human Rights and Immigration Law (Matthew Evans, Director, AIRE)

11:00- 11:15 Coffee break

Police Panel (Chair: Katja Franko, University of Oslo)

11:15-11:45 Policing Migration, Race and the Politics of Affect: Identities of Resistance (Alpa Parmar, University of Oxford)

11:45-12:15 Compassion and Comprehension from a Police Point of View (Monique Mos – Head of Operations, National Police Unit, Netherlands, The Hague)

12:15-13:00 Lunch

Detention Panel (Chair: Monish Bhatia, Birkbeck, University of London)

13:00-13:30 Human Rights Monitoring as a Means of Moving Beyond Critique (Mary Bosworth, University of Oxford and Hindpal Singh Bhui, HM Inspectorate of Prisons)

13:30-14:00 Immigration Detention: Rights and Remedies (Anthony Metzer QC, Goldsmith Chambers)

14:00-14:30 Between Resistance and Resilience: Challenges and Risks in Moving Beyond Detention Critique (Michael Flynn, Executive Director, Global Detention Project)

14:30-14:45 Coffee break

Community Panel (Chair: Ines Hasselberg, University of Lisbon)

14:45-15:15 The role of children and youth facilitators of irregularized migration in community-based participatory research on the US Mexico border (Gabriella Sanchez – Migration Policy Centre, European University Institute).

15:15-15:45 Navigating the refugee response system in Greece: Is it time to turn to the communities? (Virginia Xythali, Psychologist and NGO Practitioner in Greece)

15:45- 16:15 Integration through Active Rehabilitation (Rim Alexandra Halfya, Refugees Welcome Stockholm)

16:15-16:45 Conclusions: Looking Forward with Hope (Maartje van der Woude, University of Leiden)


Beyond detention