IS THERE AN INTERNATIONAL MONITORING EXERCISE TO EXAMINE LRC IMPLEMENTATION IN OTHER COUNTRIES?
The Lisbon Recognition Convention Committee (LRCC) Bureau conducts cyclical monitoring exercises of the LRC implementation by signatory states. The results of these exercises serve to inform and improve the ongoing progress of the implementation of the convention in each signatory state, but also to identify any provisions where additional focus may be applied. This practice is in line with a quality assurance process wherein gradual improvements are introduced over time.
In 2015, the LRCC Bureau conducted its first monitoring exercise. Based on responses provided by State Parties, the LRCC tabled and adopted the Monitoring the Implementation of the Lisbon Recognition Convention – Final Report in February 2016. Because Canada had not yet completed the ratification process of the LRC at the time, it was excluded from this monitoring exercise.
In 2018, the LRCC Bureau conducted its second monitoring exercise, focused on the implementation of refugee-related provisions of the LRC (Article VII). The LRCC tabled and adopted the Monitoring of the Implementation of Article VII of the Lisbon Recognition Convention – Final Report in June 2019. Canada had completed the ratification process of the LRC at the time and thus took part in this monitoring exercise.
In 2020, the LRCC Bureau conducted its third monitoring exercise, focused on the implementation of specific provisions (i.e., right to appeal, information provision, transnational education, automatic recognition, digital solutions). Canada also took part in this monitoring exercise. Information collected from this monitoring exercise will inform a report drafted by the LRCC Bureau, which will in turn be submitted to the next meeting of the LRCC, expected to take place in 2021, for approval by all LRC ratifying states. Additional information will follow in 2021, once available.