University of Durham
2006 workshops
Strategies and tools for
effective border management

University of Durham, 3-4 April 2006

Managing borders in the 21st century is a complex and challenging task. It is widely agreed that in a globalising world borders should be as open as possible; yet in the post-9/11 world governments are understandably more anxious than ever to ensure that their frontiers are secured against external threats. This innovative workshop is designed to help policymakers and practitioners develop border management strategies which strike the best possible balance between these apparently conflicting goals.

Led by expert tutors, the workshop will provide practical instruction on a range of topics which are often overlooked elsewhere, including: managing border crossings; monitoring and controlling borders between crossing points; managing maritime borders; and facilitating inter-agency cooperation.


 PDF workshop flyer

While the appropriate use of technological solutions will be explored, the workshop is not intended simply to showcase the latest technology. Rather, participants will be encouraged to adopt an integrated approach to border management which maximises the effectiveness of available resources.

The workshop has been scheduled to coincide with IBRU's 7th international conference, Border Management in an Insecure World, which will be held in Durham on 5-7 April 2006. Bringing together scholars and practitioners from around the world, the conference will examine the implications of the re-emergence of security as a key dimension of boundary management. A £250 discount is available to participants attending both the workshop and the conference.

Marek Adamczyk, Brigadier-General, Polish Border Guard
Chris Carleton, Head of the Law of the Sea Division, UK Hydrographic Office
John W. Donaldson, Research Associate, International Boundaries Research Unit
Rey Koslowski, Director, Research Program on Border Control & Homeland Security, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, University at Albany (SUNY), USA
Deborah W. Meyers, Senior Policy Analyst, Migration Policy Institute, Washington DC
Martin Pratt, Director of Research, International Boundaries Research Unit
Eric Tan, Commissioner, Immigration and Checkpoints Authority, Singapore
Thomas Tass, Executive Director, BORDERPOL

1) Introduction / group discussion

2) Principles of border management
Aims of border management
Border management systems
The value of standards
Resources and appropriate technologies

2) Managing border crossings
Types of crossing
Management strategies
Tasks at border crossings

3) Border monitoring and control
Pre-entry control
Surveillance technologies
Physical protection of borders
Border patrols

4) The practical challenges of virtual borders

5) International boundary commissions
The role and function of boundary commissions
Lessons learned from boundary commissions around the world

6) Managing maritime borders
Rights and obligations in maritime zones
Tools / resources for managing maritime zones
Management in the absence of agreed boundaries

7) Practical exercise
Working in teams, participants will allocate human and technical resources to manage a fictional border landscape.

8) Managing border agency cooperation
Getting the structure right
Internal agency cooperation
Bilateral agency cooperation
Regional / multilateral agency cooperation

9) Wrap-up

The cost of the workshop will be £1,250 per participant (bookings from within the European Union are also normally subject to Value Added Tax at 17.5%). We regret that payment can only be accepted in £ sterling. However, we are able to accept payment by major credit and debit cards. Full payment must be received prior to the appropriate workshop to guarantee the booking.

In addition to tuition and all course materials, the fee covers the following:
Accommodation in a single, en-suite room for the nights of 2 and 3 April.
Evening dinner on 2 and 3 April .
Lunch and refreshment breaks on each 3 and 4 April.

Accommodation for additional nights can be arranged at cost, subject to availability.

Attend this workshop and Border Management in an Insecure World for only £1,695, saving a total of £250. This fee includes five nights accommodation and all meals.

To reserve a place on the workshop, please contact Michelle Speak or use the online registration form.

Workshop accommodation and teaching will be based at Collingwood College, which is part of the University of Durham.

Teaching and workshop materials will be in English. We regret that we are unable to provide translation facilities.

Cancellations must be received in writing not later than Monday 20 March 2006, and will be subject to a £50 cancellation fee unless a substitute participant is offered. After this date the full registration fee will apply. Substitutions for registered participants may be made at any time, but we would appreciate prior notification.

Programme changes
IBRU reserves the right to modify the programme as may be necessary, without notice to participants.

Travel to Durham
Full details of the venue, plus maps and travel information will be sent to all participants following registration. Online maps and travel information can be found here.