Conflict, Migration, and Human Rights Seminar, Graduate School of International Studies

  • Deadline for Applications
  • March 15, 2020
Description of Program​

Seminar Proposal

Conflict, Migration, and Human Right

Graduate School of International Studies, Geneva Switzerland on June 30 – July 2, 2020



The objective of the seminar will be to invite a group of individuals in academia, public policy institutes, international government agencies, and other researchers to investigate the relationships between Conflict and Migration. Displacement of individuals particularly from the developing countries is not only due to political conflicts, but also as a result of poverty, natural disasters like flood, crop failures, famine, infectious diseases, etc. The participants in the seminar will try to develop a general structure of these natural and man-made disasters linked to migration. We expect about 25-30 participants.

Considerable research has been done in geography and demography related to migration. However, the research related to migration with conflict and disaster is lacking. Similarly, in the area of Operation Research and Management, sophisticated work has been done in the area of the application of disaster management using the concepts in business supply chain analysis. Recently, this supply chain concept is used for deciding strategies for relief operations. However, research on the application of humanitarian supply chain is just in the beginning. Unfortunately, there is no interaction between these academic individuals and practitioners in the field. The proposed seminar will try to develop this interaction.

The seminar will link the migration research and disaster management to conflict by some kind of a theoretical structure whose parameters can be estimated by using the data available from such organizations as UNHCR, Red Cross, and other private and public agencies. UNHCR’s publication on Global Trends-Forced Displacement will give the empirical framework of this integrative research. This proposed theoretical model will help to estimate the number of refugees that will result due to specific disasters and conflicts. It will also help to determine what type of logistics we should take to minimize the hardships of the refugees at the home location or in other countries where they are seeking refugees. It will include items such as, to create disincentive to migrate, transportation of migrants, housing, healthcare, education, and assimilation to the host country. To determine such a rehabilitation policy, we shall consider the existing political situation in different parts of the world. It should be emphasized that we are not suggesting to develop a mathematical model. The objective will be to determine concrete policies and strategies to deal with this catastrophe. We are suggesting that we need to use the theoretical concepts which have been developed in academic areas to determine the goal and the strategy of rehabilitation.  The organizers seek help and advice from private and public agencies, academic institutions, etc to make this seminar successful.

If some high quality papers are presented in this seminar, they can be included in a manuscript for a possible publication in the book series of Conflict Management, Peace Economics and Development (, Emerald Publishing U.K, of which Professor Manas Chatterji co-organizer of the seminar is the General Editor. Alternatively, it can be published in the book series, International Studies of Peace Economics and Peace Science, Cambridge Scholars U.K, of which Professor Chatterji is a Co-editor.


For more information contact:

Manas Chatterji

Professor, School of Management
Binghamton University – State University of New York
Guest Professor, Peking University, Beijing, China


Registration Form Attached (see below as well)

Geneva meeting 2020

International Conferences


Global Economy and Security


Conflict, Migration and Human Rights

Location: Graduate Institute Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2A Case postale 1672 1211, 1 Geneva, Switzerland

Date: June 30 to July 2, 2020


Registration Form

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Pease send this registration form to

Urs Luterbacher

Graduate Institute in Geneva, Switzerland

+41 79 792 36 04 (phone)



Manas Chatterji
Binghamton University – State University of New York
(607) 777-2475 (phone)
(607) 777-4422 (fax)

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