[Call for Papers]

Theme: North-South Dialogue on Border Management

October 15-18, 2018


The 16th edition of the BRIT conference will be co-hosted by the Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies (IPSS), University of Ibadan, Nigeria and Université d'Abomey-Calavi, Cotonou, Benin Republic from October 15 - 18, 2018. The theme of the conference is “North-South Dialogue on Border Management”. The theme would enable scholars and practitioners from the global North and South to critically exchange ideas on how to improve border management for the betterment of the two parts of the world in the context of the emerging problems of human migration. For now, borders in the global North are under pressure from migrants from the global South. What are the push and pull factors for both regular and irregular migration from the South to the North in the modern world? What global, regional and national border control mechanisms exist for dealing with the problems and how adequate are they? What can be actionably done towards improving good border management practices in a way beneficial to the two worlds? What form should the dialogue between the North and South on border issues take? How do we feed the outcomes of this kind of exercise into the global mechanisms on border management? These and related issues would be addressed during the conference. Responding to these questions in a meaningful way requires a coordinated, systematic and structured approach, while answers generated must be hinged on the principles of complementarity, partnership and shared responsibility given the fact that dialogue promotes buy-in and sustainable solutions among all stakeholders.


Aim & Objectives:

The aim of the conference is to appraise existing policy frameworks, instruments, institutional arrangements and opportunities for managing borders. Other objectives include to:

  1. Raise awareness about global migration crisis by facilitating a dialogue between countries of origin, transit and destination to better understand each partner’s challenges and how best to respond;

  2. Encourage information exchange, shared experiences and better coordinated approach between local/national/regional structures;

  3. Identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in coordination among the different actors in crisis management of borders.

  4. Ascertain each other’s added value, roles and work-out ideal management solutions between sending, transit and receiving states.


The sub-themes to be addressed among others include:

  1. Epistemological, theoretical and methodological issues;

  2. Migratory trends, routes and security challenges;

  3. Border management as an emerging issue in US foreign policy;

  4. EU externalisation of border regimes and controls;

  5. Border management concerns in Asia;

  6. African Union Border Programme (delimitation/demarcation), peace & security;

  7. EU-AU-ECOWAS and other RECs framework on cross-border cooperation;

  8. UNODC Laws, Human Rights Law, Asylum & Immigration Law;

  9. Transnational organised crimes/ non-state/sub-state actors;

  10. Border security, profiling and identity management;

  11. Threats and risk analysis in border and migration management;

  12. The new challenges of maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea;

  13. Turning information into actionable intelligence in border security;

  14. Cross-border communities and the dilemma of development;

  15. Mainstreaming Gender in border management;

  16. Inter-agency rivalry/collaboration and cooperation; and

  17. Any other topic, but relevant to the conference theme.

Plenary Speakers:

  1. Professor Anthony I. Asiwaju – African Regional Centre, Imeko, Ogun State

  2. Prof. Paul Nugent, Professor of Comparative African History, Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh.

  3. Prof James W. Scott, Professor of Regional and Border Studies, University of Eastern Finland

  4. Professor Isaac Olawale Albert – Professor of African History & Security Studies, Institute for Peace & Strategic Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Abstract Submission:

The Scientific committee welcomes individual paper and panel proposals, provided a panel does not exceed 6 presenters, in each session. For individual papers, no more than 2 authors will be accepted for each presentation. Each person is limited to only 2 presentations, as individual or co-presenter in the conference.

  • The abstract length is a maximum of 250 words in MS Word attachment or email text.

  • Please include the title, your name, current position, institution/organization, mailing address, email and telephone number.

  • You will be notified of the acceptance of your proposal by email, including registration, hotel, transportation, and other related information.

  • Selected abstracts will be published in the final conference programme and should be of publishable quality.

  • Proposals and presentations in English are preferred, but we may be able to accommodate French speakers.

  • Please submit your abstract on our website on or before May 15, 2018.

  • If for some reasons you are unable to register on our website, please email your abstract directly to the BRIT 2018 Focal Person- Dr. Willie Eselebor at, and Dr. Koffi Benoît SOSSOU -

  • For more information visit us at



Registration Fees:

Participants are responsible for the conference non-refundable registration fee of $150.00 USD or N50,000.00 (per person), payable upon the acceptance of proposal. Participants will be responsible for their travel costs (flight and lodging) and other incidental expenses.


Ethical Considerations:

Authors must give credit through references or notes to the original author of any idea or concept presented in the paper and proposal. This includes direct quotations and paraphrases. If material in your presentation has been published, presented, or accepted for publication or presentation, this must be disclosed in your paper and proposal. Please note that depending on the decision of the reviewers, this may render your material ineligible.

Important Dates:

  • Abstract deadline: April 30, 2018.

  • Notification of acceptance: May 15, 2018

  • Registration: May 30, 2018

  • Full papers due: July 30, 2018

  • Conference dates: October 15-18, 2018

Travel Advisory:

Participants travelling to Nigeria and Benin Republic are required to have valid visas and entry permits, including International Health Certificate. Nationals of ECOWAS member states are exempted from the requirement of VISA ONLY. The conference will start in Ibadan (Nigeria) in the morning of October 15 and will end in Cotonou (Benin Republic) in the evening of October 18, 2018. Transport will be provided from Ibadan via Lagos (through Badagry-Seme border) to Cotonou and back to Lagos Airport in the morning of October 19, 2018. Conference participants are responsible for their travel arrangements and accommodation in both cities.

Contact: Please do not hesitate to contact the Focal Person, if you have any questions:

Dr. Willie A. Eselebor [Focal Person - Nigeria


[Call for Papers]

Theme: North-South Dialogue on Border Management

October 15-18, 2018


Institute for Peace & Strategic Studies,

University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria.

Phone: +2348090722006




Dr. Koffi Benoît SOSSOU, [Focal Person – Benin]

University of Abomey Calavi- Benin. (CEFORP / UAC) 
Phone +229 67192691/94905951



International Scientific Committee Members:

Professor Isaac O. Albert – University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

Dr. Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly - University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada

Professor T.A Akanji – University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Dr. Jussi Laine - Karelian Institute, University of Eastern Finland, Finland

Dr W.A Eselebor – University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Dr. Francisco Lara – Arizona State University, USA.

Professor Babatunde Ayeleru- University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Professor Adriana Dorfman - Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil.

Dr. Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera – George Mason University, Virginia, USA.

Dr. R. O. Oji – National Boundary Commission, Abuja, Nigeria.

Professor Paul Nugent - University of Edinburgh, UK.

Professor James W. Scott – University of East Finland, Finland.

Professor Akihiro Iwashita – Hokkaido University, Japan.

Professor Olivier Walther – University of South Denmark.

Professor David Newman – Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.

Professor Brice A. SINSIN, Vice-Chancellor of University Abomey-Calavi, BeninC

Dr. Benoît Koffi SOSSOU, University Abomey-Calavi, Benin

Professor Rigobert C. TOSSOU, Director of Population Training and Research Centre,

Professor Marc T.T. KPODEKON, Research and Innovation Centre of Benin.

Dr. François AGBOÏGBA, University Abomey-Calavi, Benin Republic


BRIT 2018 Conference Partners/Sponsors:

  1. Ministry of Interior, Abuja, Nigeria [Coordinating Ministry]

  2. Association of Borderlands Studies (ABS)

  3. Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abuja. (MFA)

  4. Ministry of Budget & National Planning

  5. Ministry of Finance, Abuja, Nigeria

  6. Ministry of Defence, Abuja (MOD)

  7. Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSFG)

  8. National Boundary Commission, Abuja (NBC)

  9. Border Communities Development Agency, Abuja (BCDA)

  10. Office of the National Security Adviser, Abuja (ONSA)

  11. IFRA Nigeria - Institut français de recherche en Afrique

  12. Nigeria Police Force, Abuja (NPF)

  13. Nigeria Customs Service, Abuja (NCS)

  14. Nigeria Immigration Service, Abuja (NIS)

  15. Nigeria Security & Civil Defence Corps, Abuja (NSCDC)

  16. Federal Fire Service, Abuja

  17. Federal Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development, Abuja (FMARD)

  18. National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, Abuja (NAPTIP)

  19. Federal Ministry of Health, Abuja

  20. West African Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP)

  21. Society for Peace Studies & Practice (SPSP)

  22. Border Areas Development Initiatives (BADI)

  23. International Organization for Migration