I recently spoke at this event at the Columbia Global Center in Paris:
Humanity at Sea Maritime Migration and the Foundations of International Law, 1945-2015
Below the fold, a video of the event. At some point I’ll post the text of what I said.
This lecture will attempt to connect the dots between the current “refugee crisis” and several of its relevant historical precedents: actions of Jewish migrants to Palestine after WWII, Vietnamese ‘boatpeople’, Haitian refugees seeking to reach Florida, and Middle Eastern migrants and refugees bound to Australia. Through its engagement with history, the talk will outline a novel theory of human rights modelled around an encounter between individuals in which one of the parties is at great risk.