WAIL 2019


“Palestinian Refugees: A Long-lasting Legal Deadlock”

WAIL 2019 focuses on the phenomenon of Palestinian Refugees alongside its core program dedicated to Syrian Refugees in Turkey. Palestine has always been a critical issue for both the international community and the Turkish society. As WAIL is a combination of national and international law related to refugees, this year’s focus will be Palestine.

28 January- 2 February 2019

ICIL Students, Turkish and foreign law students particularly advanced bachelor and graduate students as well as practitioners.

Please submit your CV and Motivation Letter in English as pdf files to wail2019@icil.org.tr

1 January 2019 (Applications will be evaluated on rolling-basis. Therefore, we highly advise you to make an early application to secure your place at the Winter Academy).

Prof. Yusuf Çalışkan: Ibn Haldun University

Prof. Berdal Aral: Istanbul Medeniyet University

Dr. Munir Nusseibeh: Al Quds University- Palestine

Dr. Valentina Azarov: University of Manchester- United Kingdom

Dr. Esra Yılmaz Eren: Turkish-German University

Dr. Ali Emrah Bozbayındır: Istanbul Zaim University

Dr.Meltem İneli Ciğer: Isparta Süleyman Demirel University

Dilara Yurtseven- PhD Candidate: Groningen University- Netherlands

Gamze Ovacık- PhD Candidate: Bilkent University

200 Euro for the general audience

800 TL for Turkish students

400 TL for ICIL Students

There isn’t any kind of scholarship for the Winter Academy as the participation fees kept at reasonable levels. This fee covers the participation and the relevant materials for the academy. Therefore, participants are responsible for their plane tickets and accommodation costs. Our organization team will communicate nearby and affordable accommodation options to participants.

For questions please send mail to wail2019@icil.org.tr

Monday, 28 January 2019

09:00-09:30 Introduction of WAIL 2019

09:30-11:00 An introduction to Refugee Law(Dr. Meltem İneli Ciğer)

11:15-12:30 An introduction to Refugee Law (Dr. Meltem İneli Ciğer)

12:30-14:00 Lunch Break

14:00-15:30 Temporary Protection Regime in Turkey (Dr. Esra Yılmaz Eren)

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

09:00-10:30 Temporary Protection Regime in Comparative Law (Dr. Esra Yılmaz Eren)

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:15 Labor and Social Security Rights of Syrians in Turkey (Prof. Yusuf Çalışkan)

12:15-13:45 Lunch Break

13:45-15:30 EU-Turkey Relations and Cooperation in the Field of Migration (Dr.Meltem İneli Ciğer)

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

09:00-10:30 Inputs of International Organizations for Syrians in Turkey (Gamze Ovacık- PhD Candidate)

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:15 New Challenges to Refugee Law: Climate Refugees (Gamze Ovacık- PhD Candidate)

12:15-13:45 Lunch Break

13:45-15:30 Right to Education for Syrians in Turkey (Dilara Yurtseven- PhD Candidate)

15:30- 17:00 Citizenship for foreigners in Turkey

Thursday, 31 January 2019

09:00-10:30 UNRWA and it’s Mandate (Gamze Ovacık- PhD Candidate)

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:30 Forced displacement of Palestinians and International Law (Dr. Munir Nusseibeh)

12:30-14:00 Lunch Break

14:00-15:30 Jewish Nation-State Law and its legal implications to the Palestinians (Dr. Munir Nusseibeh)

15:45-17:15 Simulation

17:30-18:30 Keynote Lecture (General Director of Red Crescent Dr. İbrahim Altan)

Friday, 1 February 2019
09:00-10:00– Opening Remarks


– Istanbul University

– Turkish Red Crescent (General Director Assistant Alper Küçük)

10:00-11:00 Panel 1: Statehood of Palestine (Prof. Berdal Aral)

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break

11:30-12:30 Panel 2: Status of Jerusalem (Prof. Berdal Aral)

12:30-14:00 Lunch Break

14:00-15:30 Panel 3: Palestinian accession to International Criminal Court and Possible Prosecutions of War Crimes Committed within Palestinian Territories (Dr. Ali Emrah Bozbayındır)

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break

16:00-17:00 Panel 4: Legacy of Mavi Marmara Case (Dr. Ali Emrah Bozbayındır)

2 February 2019, Saturday

09:30-11:00 Panel 5: Self Determination for Palestinian People (Dr. Valentina Azarov)

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break

11:30-12:30 International Humanitarian Law and Palestine (Dr. Valentina Azarov)

12:30-14:00 Lunch Break

14:00-15:30 Panel 6: Detention in Occupied Land (Dr. Valentina Azarov)

16:00-17:00 Litigation for Palestinian Rights before Israeli Courts (Dr. Munir Nusseibeh)

17.00-18.00 Closing Ceremony & Presentation of Certificates