More than 50 leading immigration and comparative legal scholars from six continents will examine the world’s immigration laws at the 33rd Sokol Colloquium on International Law at the University of Virginia School of Law on Aug. 11-12.

The colloquium, which features in-person and online events, features authors of the inaugural “Oxford Handbook of Comparative Immigration Law,” conceived and edited by UVA Law professor Kevin Cope, University of Iowa law professor Stella Burch Elias and Marine Corps University professor Jill Goldenziel. When it is published next year, the handbook is expected to be the first full-length book on the subject of comparative immigration law.

“To date, immigration law has been studied mainly in the context of individual countries’ legal systems. Yet immigration law can have profound transnational effects, and states are increasingly looking for innovative approaches in designing domestic and international migration institutions,” said Cope, who organized the colloquium. “The handbook that emerges from the colloquium could be instrumental in defining and promoting this fledgling but important field.”

The panels are open to members of the Law School community, though lunches are only available to invited guests.

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