Model International Mobility Convention

The Columbia Journal of Transnational Law is thrilled to announce the online publication of the Model International Mobility Convention.

After nearly two years of study and debate convened by the Columbia Global Policy Initiative’s (CGPI) International Migration Project, the Model International Mobility Convention represents a consensus among over forty academics and policymakers in the fields of migration, human rights, national security, labor economics, and refugee law.

The Model International Mobility Convention provides a holistic and rights-based approach to international mobility that integrates the various regimes that seek to govern people on the move. In addition, it fills key gaps in international law that leave many people unprotected by establishing the minimum rights afforded to all people who cross state borders – whether as visitors, tourists, students, workers, residents, entrepreneurs, forced migrants, refugees, victims of trafficking, people caught in countries in crisis and family members – and defines their relationships to their communities of destination, origin, and transit.

The Journal will be publishing the Model International Mobility Convention in a Special Issue in January of 2018, which will include commentaries by the following twelve authors:

  • Tendayi Achiume: Assistant Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law.
  • Diego Acosta: Reader in Migration and European Law at the University of Bristol.
  • Alexander Aleinikoff: Director of the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility, University Professor at The New School in New York City.
  • Kiran Banerjee: Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Studies at the University of Saskatchewan.
  • Emma Borgnas: Project Coordinator for the International Migration Project at the Columbia Global Policy Initiative
  • Michael Doyle: Director of the Columbia Global Policy Initiative, University Professor of Columbia University.
  • Yasmine Ergas: Director of the Specialization on Gender and Public Policy at the School of International and Public Affairs of Columbia University.
  • Randall Hansen: Interim Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.
  • Rey Koslowski: Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Master of International Affairs Program, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY).
  • Sarah Deardorff Miller: Adjunct Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs of Columbia University and the School of Advanced Study, University of London.
  • Parvati Nair: Founding Director of the United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM), Professor of Hispanic, Cultural and Migration Studies at Queen Mary University of London, former Director of the Centre for the Study of Migration.
  • Sarah Rosengaertner: Migration and Development Expert at the Columbia Global Policy Initiative, consultant to various United Nations entities and the German development agency GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) on migration policy and governance.

This Special Issue will be available for purchase from the offices of the Journal for $25.00 ($30.00 air mail). For assistance regarding subscriptions, please contact the Financial Editor at