The Shifting Border: Dialogue with Ayelet Schacher – 3/24/2020

Ayelet Shacher is Professor of Law, Political Science, and Global Affairs at Toronto University.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 6:00PM to 7:30PM (EDT)
Starr Foundation Hall, U L102, University Center
63 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011

We tend to think of a border as a static line, but recent bordering techniques have broken away from the map, as governments have developed legal tools to limit the rights of migrants before and after they enter a country’s territory. The consequent detachment of state power from any fixed geographical marker has created a new paradigm: the shifting border, an adjustable legal construct untethered in space.

This transformation upsets our assumptions about waning sovereignty, while also revealing the limits of the populist push toward border-fortification. It also presents a tremendous opportunity to rethink states’ responsibilities to migrants.

This book proposes a new, functional approach to human mobility and access to membership in a world where borders, like people, have the capacity to move.

This event is open to the public. Registration is requested.

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