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Refugee protection is traditionally understood as flowing from the Refugee Convention of 1951 but the majority of the world’s refugees live in states that are not party to the Refugee Convention. Refugees in most states in the Middle East and Asia find themselves at the frontier of the international refugee regime – in jurisdictions that are not party to the Refugee Convention and where there is no domestic law addressing refugee protection. What is the role of lawyers and the law for refugees in such places? What arguments based on local law and practice can be made for the protection of refugees? Despite many challenges, lawyers in places like Egypt, India, Malaysia and Hong Kong are pioneering new arguments and developing new protections for refugees. The panel will include leading refugee lawyers from Egypt, India, Malaysia and Hong Kong talking about their successes and frustrations – and their hopes for a new imagination of what refugee law and protection can look like. FULL DETAILS