Understanding Vulnerability in International Human Rights Law

June 07, 2021

On Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 18:00 - 19:00 CET, we organized the webinar "Understanding Vulnerability in International Human Rights Law". Watch it online.

VULNER Webinar

Understanding Vulnerability in International Human Rights Law


Vulnerability” is flooding the legal discourse on asylum and migration, yet its concrete meanings and legal implications remain unclear. During this webinar, the speakers discuss how “vulnerability” has been developed as an interpretative tool in human rights law and question the underlying assumptions that come with it.

In this webinar, Francesca Ippolito presents the results of her comprehensive study on the uses of “vulnerability” by the European Court of Human Rights and UN human rights monitoring bodies. Based on her latest book publication (Understanding Vulnerability in International Human Rights Law, Napoli, Editoriale Scientifica, 2020), she reflects on the legal uses of the term “vulnerability”, including how it is being used as an interpretative tool to guide the individual assessments specific to each case.

Afterwards, Sylvie Sarolea and Anna Triandafyllidou open the debate on the establishment of adequate procedural guarantees that would enable vulnerable asylum seekers to communicate their specific needs, and on the limitations of strictly defined legal categories of vulnerability when it comes to assessing actual protection needs. François Crépeau moderates the discussions.


Speaker: Francesca Ippolito | Associate Professor of International Law, University of Cagliari

Speaker: Sylvie Sarolea | Full Professor of International Law, Faculty of Law and Criminology, Catholic University of Louvain

Speaker: Anna Triandafyllidou | Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration and Integration, Ryerson University

Moderator: François Crépeau | Professor, Hans and Tamar Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law, McGill University

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