Refugee law is going through momentous times, as dictatorships tumble, revolutions simmer and the `Arab Awakening' gives way to the spread of terror from Syria to the Sahel in Africa. This compilation of topical chapters, by some of the leading scholars in the field, covers major themes of rights, security, the UNHCR, international humanitarianism and state interests and sets out to map new contours.
The concerns over our security are replacing humanitarian concerns over the plight of others. Securitization, exclusion and the internal relocation of genuine refugees are now the favoured polices. Yet, while central idioms of protection, persecution and non-refoulement have changed, there are also new demands on refugee law. The contributors to this book ask whether there are new spheres of protection emerging, for which refugee law must find a clear space, such as the protection of child refugees, trafficked persons, gender-related asylum and conscientious objectors to military service. This timely and valuable book shows that in these uncertain times, refugee law still has an exciting and challenging future ahead.
Contemporary Issues in Refugee Law will appeal to academics, researchers, students and practitioners.
Edited by Satvinder Singh Juss, King's College London, UK and Colin Harvey, Queen's University Belfast, UK
Contents: Foreword Introduction Satvinder Singh Juss and Colin Harvey PART I: OF REFUGEE `CRISIS', NORMATIVE `SOFT LAWS' AND `HUMAN RIGHTS' 1. Refugee Law as Perpetual Crisis Catherine Dauvergne 2. The UNHCR Handbook and the Interface between `Soft Law' and `Hard Law' in International Refugee Law Satvinder Singh Juss 3. Is Humanity Enough? Refugees, Asylum Seekers and the Rights Regime Colin Harvey PART II: OF THE ADVENT OF NEW REFUGEES 4. A Child Rights Framework for Assessing the Status of Refugee Children Jason M. Pobjoy 5. Protecting Trafficked Persons from Refoulement: Re-examining the Nexus Susan Kneebone 6. Draft Dodger/Deserter or Dissenter? Conscientious Objection as Grounds for Refugee Status Penelope Mathew 7. Gender Asylum Law: Providing Transformative Remedies? Siobhan Mullally PART III: OF THE SECURITIZATION, EXCLUSION AND INTERNAL RELOCATION OF REFUGEES 8. The Securitization of Asylum and Human Rights in Canada and the European Union Idil Atak and Francois Crepeau 9. Ethics and the Exclusion of Those who are `Not Deserving' of Convention Refugee Status James C. Simeon 10. Internal Relocation Alternative in Refugee Status Determination: Is the Risk/Protection Dichotomy Reality or Myth? A Gendered Analysis Rebecca Wallace Index