The Refugee in International Law (4th edition)

ISBN : 9780198808565

Guy Goodwin-Gill; Jane McAdam
864 Pages
171 x 246 mm
Pub date
May 2021
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Millions of people are today forced to flee their homes as a result of conflict, systematic discrimination, or other forms of persecution. The core instruments on which they must rely to secure international protection are the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol. This book, the leading text in the field, examines key challenges to the Convention such as the status of refugees, applications for asylum, and the international and domestic standards of protection. The situation of refugees is one of the most pressing and urgent problems facing the international community and refugee law has grown in recent years to a subject of global importance. In this long-awaited fourth edition each chapter has been thoroughly revised and updated and every issue, old and new, has received fresh analysis. The books includes: analysis of internally displaced persons; so-called preventive protection; access to refugees; safety of refugees and relief personnel; the situation of refugee women and children; a detailed examination of the role of the UNHCR and the Palestinian situation; and an assessment of the protection possibilities (or lack of them) in the European Convention on Human Rights. This new edition has been expanded with coverage of forced migration and displacement as a result of disasters and climate change. It is once again an unmissable reference work for practitioners and students in the field.


1 Introduction: The Refugee in International Law and the Legal Aspects of Forced Migration
Part 1: Refugees and International Protection
2 Refugees Defined and Described
3 Determination of Refugee Status: Analysis and Application
4 Loss and Denial of Refugee Status and its Benefits
Part 2: Asylum
5 Non-Refoulement in the 1951 Convention
6 Protection under Human Rights and General International Law
7 The Concept of Asylum
Part 3: International Protection
8 International Institutional Protection
9 Protection and Solutions
10 Treaty Standards and their Implementation in National Law
Part 4: 'Forced Migration' and Related Protection Needs
11 Internally Displaced Persons
12 Statelessness and Stateless Persons
13 Displacement related to Disasters and/or the Impact of Climate Change

About the author: 

Professor Guy S. Goodwin Gill is Emeritus Professor of International Refugee Law at the University of Oxford. he was formerly Professor of Asylum Law at the University of Amsterdam, served as a Legal Adviser in the Office of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) from 1976-1988, and was President of the Media Appeals Board of Kosovo from 2000-2003. He is the Founding Editor of the International Journal of Refugee Law and has written extensively on refugees, migration, international organizations, elections, democratization, and child soldiers.; Jane McAdam is Scientia Professor of Law and Director of the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW, and the leader of the UNSW Grand Challenge on Refugees & Migrants. Professor McAdam is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, a Research Associate at Oxford University's Refugee Studies Centre, an Associated Senior Fellow at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute in Norway, and a Senior Research Associate of the Refugee Law Initiative in London, and was a non-resident Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy at The Brookings Institution, Washington DC from 2012-16. In 2017-18, she will be a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Law School Human Rights Program.

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