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Concluding Comments: (A) Few Promising Avenues for Promoting the Rights of Migrants in the Post-Pandemic

Ian M. Kysel

27 Oct 2021

More than eighteen months on, the COVID-19 pandemic may have unraveled the idea of human mobility—at least through regular channels—as an inexorable constant of life in the twenty-first century. Thankfully, it has nonetheless made it dramatically clear that the world’s hundreds of millions of migrants are essential members of our communities, particularly as the health of those on the move is as vital to the safety of our communities as anyone else’s. . . .

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Ian M. Kysel is a Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at Cornell Law School. He is the founder and director of the Cornell Law School Transnational Disputes Clinic and of the International Migrants Bill of Rights (IMBR) Initiative, co-directs the Asylum and Convention Against Torture Appellate Clinic and is a core faculty member in the Migration and Human Rights Program. He is also a non-resident fellow at the Zolberg Institute for Migration and Mobility at The New School. His scholarship has focused on the rights of migrants, children’s rights and the domestic implementation of international human rights law in the U.S. Kysel previously held appointments at the University of Oxford and at the Georgetown University Law Center. Kysel has written and edited several human rights reports; his opinion articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The New Humanitarian. Kysel has argued or participated in litigation before international tribunals as well as U.S. immigration, federal and state courts. He has provided testimony to various legislative bodies and commissions. Kysel was previously a staff attorney at the ACLU of Southern California. He also served as the Aryeh Neier Fellow at both the National ACLU and Human Rights Watch and practiced in Shearman & Sterling’s International Arbitration Group and its Public International Law Practice. Kysel holds an LLM in Advocacy, with distinction, a JD, Magna Cum Laude, Order of the Coif, and a Certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies from Georgetown University Law Center. He holds a BA, with high honors, Phi Beta Kappa, from Swarthmore College.