Refugee Rights and Realities: Evolving International Concepts and Regimes

Refugee Rights and Realities: Evolving International Concepts and Regimes

Refugee Rights and Realities: Evolving International Concepts and Regimes

Refugee Rights and Realities: Evolving International Concepts and Regimes

Synopsis

This volume on international refugee law and policy assesses the rights of refugees and asylum seekers and the often contrasting reality of state practice. It contains contributions from seventeen experts, drawn from a variety of professions and disciplines, including lawyers, international organisation fonctionnaires, NGO advisors and political scientists. The first part of the book concerns the evolving refugee definition and some of its key conceptual elements, with chapters variously considering matters of theory as well as jurisprudential and treaty law developments, both historical and current. Later parts are concerned with asylum regimes, in particular the roles of key actors in the refugee discourse, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), nation states, and the embryonic regional asylum regime of the European Union. Permeating the latter parts is the relationship, and sometimes the gulf, between the reality of institutional and state action and the rights of refugees.

Excerpt

This collection had its origins in a conference entitled Refugee Rights and Realities: Approaches to Law and Policy Reform which was held at the University of Nottingham in November 1996 and was organised by the Human Rights Law Centre as part of a research project funded by the Airey Neave Trust. the conference considered the rights of refugees and asylum seekers and the often contrasting reality of the practice of states and other actors in this area. It brought together some 200 people from over a dozen countries, representing a cross-section of refugee expertise, for an inter-disciplinary dialogue on strategies to address various legal and social aspects of refugee matters.

Papers presented at the conference plenary sessions and the ten workshops were revised in light of debate at the conference, culminating in the seventeen chapters presented in this collection. Other papers, with a more specific United Kingdom focus, were revised and published as Current Issues of uk Asylum Law and Policy (Ashgate, 1998). the primarily uk and European focus of the conference was determined by budget and logistical factors rather than any lack of appreciation that the issue of refugees is a global concern (particularly as only a small percentage of the world's refugees actually seeks or finds protection in Europe). While this specific geographical scope is reflected in this collection, the individual chapters nevertheless have an application beyond any national or regional context.

The collection is divided into four sections. Part 1 concerns the evolving refugee definition and some of its key conceptual elements, with chapters variously considering matters of theory as well as jurisprudential and treaty law developments, both historical and current. Parts 2, 3 and 4 are concerned with asylum regimes, in particular the roles of key actors in the refugee discourse, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), nation states, and the embryonic regional asylum regime of the European Union. Permeating the latter three parts is the relationship, and sometimes the gulf, between the reality of institutional and state action and the rights of refugees. the contributions are as . . .

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