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Bursary awarded to study migration law

David Testa (second from left) with (from left) IOI executive director Cherdsak Virapat, pro-rector Alfred Vella, registrar Veronica Grech, head of the Department of International Law Patricia Cassar Torregiani, programme officer responsible for the bursary Antonella Vassallo, and Noel Vella, winner of the 2011 bursary.

David Testa (second from left) with (from left) IOI executive director Cherdsak Virapat, pro-rector Alfred Vella, registrar Veronica Grech, head of the Department of International Law Patricia Cassar Torregiani, programme officer responsible for the bursary Antonella Vassallo, and Noel Vella, winner of the 2011 bursary.

The 2012 Elisabeth Mann Borgese Bursary of €3,500 was recently awarded to David Testa to assist him to carry out in-depth research related to the concept of the state of disembarkation in the context of migration law.

His proposed work involves an examination of related concepts, such as interception and the principle of non-refoulement, a key aspect of refugee law that concerns the protection of refugees from being returned to places where their lives or freedoms could be threatened.

The research will attempt to shed light on the lack of clarity and the absence of international regulation of a binding character in this particular area.

The bursary is financed through the International Ocean Institute’s (IOI) Women, Youth and the Sea programme in recognition of IOI founder Prof. Mann Borges. For further information about the IOI and its programmes e-mail [email protected], call 2134 6528 or visit www.ioinst.org.

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