This issue celebrates some of the wonderful contributions made to our second annual conference. On 13 and 14 November 2015, a diverse cohort of academics and legal practitioners from around the world gathered at Birkbeck, University of London, to present their research and to debate on the theme of Migration, Borders and Violence. While engaging and dynamic, it was also an emotionally sobering and, at times, harrowing event, as so many of the speakers recounted stories of immense human suffering. All too often, the message was of the law’s complicity in the tragedies that befall migrants.
This issue begins with Professor Jill E Family, of Widener University Commonwealth Law School. We also feature articles by Simon Behrman (Lecturer in Law at the University of East Anglia), Sheona York (reader in Law at the University of Kent and a practising solicitor at the Kent Law Clinic), Michael Garcia Bochenek (Attorney JD, senior counsel on children’s rights at Human Rights Watch), Kirstine Nordentoft Mose and Vera Wriedt, Mariska Jung, Gabriel Gualano de Godoy, and Priya Solanki (1 Pump Court Chambers, London).
— The Birkbeck Law Review Editorial Board