The Regional Protection of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa

As part of the Lunchtime Seminar Series, the African Centre for Migration & Society invites you to a seminar titled The Regional Protection of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa presented by Dr Romola Adeola (Postdoctoral Researcher, African Centre for Migration & Society, University of the Witwatersrand).

Internal displacement has emerged as a pertinent challenge in Africa. Yearly, millions of people are internally displaced on the continent due to conflict and other factors.  With the reality that more than half of the continent was internally displaced in the early 2000s, African leaders developed the Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa in 2009. This presentation examines the content of this framework, regional developments towards its realization and some key challenges that must be addressed in fostering compliance of states with the legal framework.


Dr Romola Adeola is a lawyer with expertise in international law specifically in areas of migration, refugee protection, development and human rights law and policy. She has lectured and presented at various conferences on the protection of refugees, internally displaced persons and migrants at various Universities. She has served extensively as a consultant for governments and international institutions on issues of migration. She has a Doctorate in Law and Masters (Cum Laude) from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. She was previously a Steinberg Fellow in International Migration Law and Policy at McGill University, Montreal, Canada and teaches international migration law and policy.

Date: Tuesday 6 March 2018

Time: 12.30 -13.30

Venue: ACMS Seminar Room 2163, South East Wing, Second Floor, Solomon Mahlangu House, University of the Witwatersrand East Campus