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Expanding the Frontiers of Refugee Law: Developing a Broader Law of Asylum in the Middle East and Europe

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JournalJournal of Human Rights Practice
DatePublished - 7 Nov 2017
Issue number2
Volume9
Pages (from-to)212-215
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

The international refugee regime views as an exception the large number of states (both hosting and producing much of the global refugee population) that are not party to its cornerstone treaty. This approach diminishes the role of law, the legal profession and legal institutions in refugee protection in a broad swathe of states encompassing much of the Middle East and Asia. An alternative approach to treating this part of the world as a zone of exception to refugee law is to base legal interventions on a variable and pluralistic ‘law of asylum’. This approach has been successful and provides new avenues for legal engagement, even in jurisdictions that are traditionally seen as weak in the rule of law or without the requisite commitment to the norms of refugee law.

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