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Amid celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Refugee convention of 1951, use caution in deciding how to strengthen and monitor its implementation. We must commit ourselves to a process of learning the lessons of human rights history, and of thinking hard and creatively about the context-specific goals of overseeing refugee law.

The following essay is based on a talk delivered at the Global Consultation on International Protection convened by the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA) in Geneva on Dec. 11, 2001, on the occasion of celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Refugee Convention and the Ministerial Meeting of States Parties to the 1951 Refugee Convention and/or its 1967 Protocol, held Dec. 12-13, 2001. Under the author's supervision, students in the University of Michigan Law School's Program in Asylum Law produced research-based working papers to assist the ICVA and the UN HIgh Commissioner for Refugees in discussing implementation of the Refugee Convention. A complete version of this talk is to appear in issue 13 of Forced Migration Review in May 2002. This excerpt appears with permission of Forced Migration Review.