Events

    Training, Conference, Workshop Organized

    2022

    Citizenship and Migration: Europe's 21st Century Challenges (4-8 July 2022)
    In July 2022, SNSF Professor Dr. Elisa Fornalé gave a lecture at the Radboud Summer School "Citizenship and Migration: Europe's 21st Century Challenges". The topic was “Sea Level Rise, Human Mobility and International Law: A Legal Overview of Emerging Protection Gaps”.

    The summer scholl course took place from 4 to 8 July 2022 to explore the interconnected fields of citizenship and migration in the European Union with a view to understand relevant policies and laws affecting migrants and citizens.


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    2022

    The 2022 ILA conference was held in Lisbon. Photo by André Lergier on Unsplash

    Biennial Conference of the International Law Association (ILA) in Lisbon (19-24 June 2022)
    SNSF Prof. Dr. Elisa Fornalé was part of this year’s Biennial Conference of the International Law Association (ILA) in Lisbon, which took place from 19-24 June, as Co-rapporteur of the ILA Committee on International Law and Sea Level Rise. The ILA promotes the study, clarification and development of international law as its main objectives. Its work is organized through international committees and study groups convened to examine topical international legal issues. Among the current 20 international committees, the Committee on International Law and Sea Level Rise brings together 45 prominent legal experts from 23 ILA branches, and is chaired by FNI Research Professor Davor Vidas, of the Norwegian ILA branch. As Co-Rapporteur of the ILA Committee on International Law and Sea Level Rise, Elisa Fornalé presented the interim report of the committee addressing implications of sea level rise for: the law of the sea (Part II), and statehood and the rights of affected populations (Part III) together with Professor Davor Vidas. This year’s report is the third one, following up on the reports presented in 2016 and 2018.


    2022

    Gli impatti dell'innalzamento del livello del mare, diritto internazionale e mobilità umana: un' introduzione ai lavori del Comitato ILA (10 May 2022)
    SNSF Professor Dr. Elisa Fornalé spoke at the conference “Gli impatti dell'innalzamento del livello del mare, diritto internazionale e mobilità umana: un' introduzione ai lavori del Comitato ILA (The Impacts of Sea Level Rise, International Law and Human Mobility: An Introduction to the Work of the ILA Committee)” held on 10 May at Palazzo Giusso, Naples. The meeting was part of a cycle of seminars organised as part of the PRA activities " Antropocene/Capitalocene e migrazioni internazionali. Una lettura critica (Anthropocene/Capitalocene and International Migrations. A critical reading)".


    2021 - 2022

    In early 2019, the WTI Gender Team established the Know the GAP Lecture Series. For 2022, the title is "Looking for Gender Parity".
    These lectures are conceived as an innovative venue to bring accomplished scholars, leaders of international organizations, government, and the private sector, to the University of Bern. Throughout the year we will share the stories of inspirational women and the results of original research to make a concrete contribution to the progressive achievement of United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 – Gender Equality.
    Speakers will engage the public on numerous pressing gender issues and topics, including: gender history; gender equality and human rights; politics of gender and race in the Anthropocene; and gender equality and women’s empowerment.

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    2022

    La vulnérabilité dans la jurisprudence des cours européennes et dans l’activité des autorités indépendantes (9 June 2022)
    SNSF Professor Dr. Elisa Fornalé spoke at the seminar titled "la vulnérabilité dans la jurisprudence des cours européennes et dans l’activité des autorités indépendantes (vulnerability in the jurisprudence of the European Courts and in the work of independent authorities)" held on 9 June at the International Centre for Mechanical Sciences, Udine.

    2022

    Cambiamenti climatici e pace, migrazioni e inclusione (28 May 2022)
    SNSF Professor Dr. Elisa Fornalé spoke at the conference titled "Climate Change and Peace, Migration and Inclusion" held on 28 May at the “Sala del Giudizio” of the City Museum in Rimini, part of the intercultural event “Interactions” that this year is entitled "S-Climate Change", a project entitled “OrientaMenti” in Citizenship from School to Work. The conference also included the presentation of the exhibition of diffuse contemporary art “(IM)PERSISTENZE”, curated by Marica Franchini, teacher of painting disciplines at the artistic high school "A. Serpieri" in Rimini, and her class, the 5th T, scheduled at the City Museum and the Mier Concept Place.


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    2022

    Gender and Climate Change: an update from the Sixty-Sixth Session of the Commission on the Status of Women(29 March 2022)
    The occasion of the webinar is the work of the sixty-sixth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66) that took place from 14 to 25 March, 2022. The webinar offered an opportunity to discuss the key messages, challenges and opportunities emerged from CSW66 and the priority theme: 'Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction policies, and programmes'. SNSF Professor Dr. Elisa Fornalé focused on the human rights implications of the gender-environmental nexus.


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    2022

    Climate Change Inaction and Children’s Rights (20 January 2022)
    Commentaries by Dr. Elisa Fornalé and Tamara Köhler
    Dr Elisa Fornalé, a Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) lecturer at the World Trade Institute (WTI) at the University of Bern, and Tamara Köhler, her research assistant for the SNSF project Climate Change and Human Mobility, discussed the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child's ruling on a landmark petition filed by 16 children against Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany and Turkey for failing to prevent and mitigate the consequences of climate change (Nos. 104-108/2019).



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    2021

    Gender, Identity & Politics: Representation, Exclusion and Vulnerability (11 November 2021)
    Virtual Workshop hosted by University of Surrey.
    SNSF Professor Dr. Elisa Fornalé held the keynote speech on the topic of “Unequal Participation: Clothing the Invisibility of Women at International Level”. In the first part of the workshop, scholars from Finland, Spain and Sweden will shed light on different aspects of Gender and Politics. In the second part of the workshop, scholars and and an attorney will talk about Crossing Borders and Vulnerability.

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    2021

    Disappearing Land and Displaced Persons: Climate Change and International Law(28 October 2021)
    Webinar hosted by American Branch of the International Law Association’s International Law Weekend (ILW).
    It is no secret that the world (and indeed humanity) is facing the imminent challenge of climate change over the upcoming decades. Due to rising sea levels, States are losing territory and some island-States face the reality of submersion. The loss of land due to climate change is coupled with the consequent displacement of people who live on those lands or are losing their livelihood to climate change. These issues present novel challenges for international law. This panel shall discuss how international law, in particular the law of the sea, confronts these challenges today and in what direction international law needs to develop to face these intensifying challenges in the future.
    SNSF Professor Dr. Elisa Fornalé spoke on the displacement of persons caused by rising sea levels and took part in the discussion together with Cecilia Jimenez-Damary, Nicola Swan and Donald Rothwell.

    2021

    Climate Change and Sea-Level Rise (1 October 2021)
    Legal Consequences from the Law of the Sea, Statehood and Affected Persons Perspectives
    The occasion of the webinar is the work of the International Law Commission (ILC) on the issue of sea level rise within the broader context of the climate change discourse. As climate change is one of the main causes of sea level rise, the webinar aims at providing an in-depth overview of the work that the ILC is conducting on this important topic.
    SNSF Professor Dr. Elisa Fornalé spoke on forced migration and rights of the affected population.



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    2021

    Trade and Gender Summer Course (5-9 July 2021)
    This course explores the potential of the trade-gender nexus in accelerating the path to gender equality and to influence gendered structures that embrace the distributions of economic resources. Over the last years, gender equality and women empowerment has been grappled with domestic and international trade in different frameworks. Extremely influential in this regard, came the Buenos Aires Declaration on Trade and Women’s Economic Empowerment, which was adopted in 2017. This Declaration, for the first time, expressly linked equal participation of women and men in trade policy to the notions of inclusive economic growth and sustainable development.

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    2021

    Citizenship and Migration: Europe's 21st Century Challenges
    In August 2021, Prof. Fornalé will teach at the Radboud Summer School "Citizenship and Migration: Europe's 21st Century Challenges" The course will take place from 2 to 6 August 2021. In this course we will explore the interconnected fields of citizenship and migration in the European Union with a view to understand relevant policies and laws affecting migrants and citizens.

    2020 - 2021

    WTI Know the GAP: Gender Lecture Series
    Reflecting on Equal Participation, Representation and Women’s Empowerment.

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    2021

    Training in Migration Studies for professionals, co-organized with Cinformi (Center for Migration), Province of Trento, Friday, 19 – Sunday, 21 November 2021. .

    www.cinformi.it/

    2020

    Webinar for educators of the Trentino Region
    On Thursday October 29, prof. Fornalé organized a professional webinar for educators of the Trentino Region. Her work, the interactive mapping exercise and the geo-archive, have been translated into resources for educators to bring climate migration into the classroom, including teaching materials for introducing students to this emerging field of study. The webinar featured real stories from her fieldwork in the Small Pacific Islands States. The training is a collaboration between Fornalé’s research team and the ACCRI association within the framework of the project “Insieme per l’Ambiente. Sensibilizziamo le giovani generazioni sulla giustizia climatica” (Together for the Environment. Attract younger generation to engage with climate justice), funded by the Italian Ministry of Labour and Social Policy.
    www.accri.it/insieme-per-lambiente/

    2019

    “Connecting Environmental Changes and Human Mobility as a Way to Draw New Maps of Knowledge”, International Conference, co-organized by Prof. Elisa Fornalé (UBERN), Marco Armiero (KTH), Prof. Denis Lalanne, Human-IST Institute, University of Fribourg, and Prof. Elspeth Guild, Queen Mary University. It took place on 3–6 March 2019, at the Congress Centre Monte Verità, Ascona (Switzerland) (7900 CHF Grant).

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    2019 - 2020


    In early 2019, the WTI Gender Team established the Know the GAP Gender Lecture Series . These lectures are conceived as an innovative venue to bring accomplished scholars, leaders of international organizations, government, and the private sector, to the University of Bern. Speakers will engage the public on numerous pressing gender issues and topics, including: gender history; gender equality and human rights; politics of gender and race in the Anthropocene; and gender equality and women’s empowerment.

    Podcasts

    2019

    “Futur en tous genres”, one-day workshop for children, co-organized with the Bureau de la promotion de l'égalité entre femmes et hommes et prévention des violences domestiques, 14 November.
    https://www.futurentousgenres.ch

    2018


    Participation to the first Swiss-UN Day co-organized by the Gesellschaft Schweiz-UNO, the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) and the World Trade Institute (WTI) of the University of Bern that took place in Bern (CH). www.wti.org
    Prof. Elisa Fornalè (UBERN) was part of the Scientific Committee of the event and had the responsibility of the organization of the Panel on “Towards reaching an internationally actionable plan on migration”, which featured the following international speakers.

    Interdisciplinary Training in Environmental Humanities "Loss, Damage and Mobility in the context of Climate Change" for young scholars and policy-makers,co-organized with the KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory Stockholm, University of Naples and the Municipality of Naples.

    2017

    United Nations side event “Labour Mobility and Skills Recognition: insights from ASEAN and ECOWAS”, co-organized with the sponsorship of the Mission of the Philippines, United Nations, Geneva.

    International workshop “A change of environment for common concern and human mobility”, organized at the World Trade Institute within the framework of the CLI_M_CO2 project.

    The CLI_M_CO2 Project is funded under the grant No. PP00P1163700 by the Swiss National Foundation Research.
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