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Free access to OUP resources on refugee law

In response to the refugee crisis in Europe, Oxford University Press has made more than 30 book chapters, journal articles, and pieces of content from online resources freely accessible to assist those working with refugees on the ground, as well as anyone who would like to know more about the framework of rights and obligations concerning refugees. The materials are structured around four key questions: who is a refugee, what rights do they have, what are transit states’ obligations, and what are the duties of the state where a refugee applies for asylum. Other useful resources are linked to at the bottom of the page.

  1. Who is a refugee?
  2. What rights do refugees have?
  3. What are the obligations imposed on states which refugees pass through en route to their destination of choice (transit states)?
  4. What are the obligations imposed on states in which refugees apply for asylum?
  5. Helpful Links

1) Who is a refugee?

INTRODUCTORY MATERIALS

Guy S Goodwin-Gill, International Law of Refugee Protection
E. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, G. Loescher, K. Long, and N. Sigona (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, Oxford, OUP, 2014, pp. 36-47

David Weissbrodt, Refugees
The Human Rights of Non-citizens, Oxford, OUP, 2008, pp. 110-133

Dieter Kugelmann, Refugees
R Wolfrum (ed), The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, Oxford, OUP, 2012

ADVANCED MATERIALS

Andreas Zimmermann and Claudia Mahler, Article 1 A, para. 2
A. Zimmermann (ed), The 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of the Refugees and its 1967 Protocol: A Commentary, Oxford, OUP, 2011, pp.280-479

David James Cantor, Reframing Relationships: Revisiting the Procedural Standards for Refugee Status Determination in Light of Recent Human Rights Treaty Body Jurisprudence
Refugee Survey Quarterly (2015) 34 (1): 79-106

Hugo Storey, Armed Conflict in Asylum Law: The “War-Flaw”
Refugee Survey Quarterly (2012) 31 (2): 1-32

James C. Simeon, Complicity and Culpability and the Exclusion of Terrorists From Convention Refugee Status Post-9/11
Refugee Survey Quarterly (2010) 29 (4): 104-137

Katy Long, When Refugees Stopped Being Migrants: Movement, Labour and Humanitarian Protection
Migration Studies (2013) 1 (1): 4-26

2) What rights do refugees have?

INTRODUCTORY MATERIALS

Vincent Chetail, Armed Conflict and Forced Migration: A Systemic Approach to International Humanitarian Law, Refugee Law and Human Rights Law
A. Clapham & P. Gaeta (eds), The Oxford Handbook of International Law in Armed Conflict, Oxford, OUP, 2014, pp. 700-734

Volker Türk and Rebecca Dowd, Protection Gaps
E. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, G. Loescher, K. Long, and N. Sigona (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, Oxford, OUP, 2014, pp. 278-289

ADVANCED MATERIALS

Guy S. Goodwin-Gill and Jane McAdam, International Protection
The Refugee in International Law, Oxford, OUP, 2007, pp. 421-461

Antonio Fortin, The Meaning of ‘Protection’ in the Refugee Definition
International Journal of Refugee Law (2000) 12 (4): 548-576

Alice Edwards, Human Rights, Refugees, and The Right ‘To Enjoy’ Asylum
International Journal of Refugee Law (2005) 17 (2): 293-330

Colin Harvey, Time for Reform? Refugees, Asylum-seekers, and Protection Under International Human Rights Law
Refugee Survey Quarterly (2015) 34 (1): 43-60

Vincent Chetail, Are Refugee Rights Human Rights? An Unorthodox Questioning of the Relations between Refugee Law and Human Rights Law
R. Rubio-Marin (ed), Human Rights and Immigration, Oxford, OUP, 2014.pp. 19-72

3) What are the obligations imposed on states which refugees pass through en route to their destination of choice (transit states)?

INTRODUCTORY MATERIALS

Rainer Hofmann and Tillman Loehr, Introduction to Chapter V
A. Zimmermann (ed) The 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of the Refugees and its 1967 Protocol: A Commentary, Oxford, OUP, 2011, pp. 1087-1128

ADVANCED MATERIALS

Gregor Noll, Article 31 (Refugees Unlawfully in the Country of Refuge)
A. Zimmermann (ed), The 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of the Refugees and its 1967 Protocol: A Commentary, Oxford, OUP, 2011, pp.1243-1276

Ulrike Davy, Article 32 (Expulsion)
A. Zimmermann (ed), The 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of the Refugees and its 1967 Protocol: A Commentary, Oxford, OUP, 2011, pp.1277-1326

Andreas Fischer-Lescano , Tillmann Löhr, and Timo Tohidipur, Border Controls at Sea: Requirements under International Human Rights and Refugee Law
International Journal of Refugee Law (2009) 21 (2): 256-296

Maria-Teresa Gil-Bazo, The Practice of Mediterranean States in the context of the European Union's Justice and Home Affairs External Dimension: The Safe Third Country Concept Revisited
International Journal of Refugee Law (2006) 18 (3-4): 571-600

Jan-Paul Brekke and Grete Brochmann, Stuck in Transit: Secondary Migration of Asylum Seekers In Europe, National Differences, and the Dublin Regulation
Journal of Refugee Studies (2015) 28 (2): 145-162

Alison Gerard and Sharon Pickering, Gender, Securitization, and Transit: Refugee Women and the Journey to the EU
Journal of Refugee Studies (2014) 27 (3): 338-359

4) What are the obligations imposed on states in which refugees apply for asylum?

INTRODUCTORY MATERIALS

Guy S. Goodwin-Gill and Jane McAdam, The Concept of Asylum
The Refugee in International Law, Oxford, OUP, 2007, pp. 355-417

Guy S. Goodwin-Gill and Jane McAdam, Non-Refoulement in the 1951 Refugee Convention
The Refugee in International Law, Oxford, OUP, 2007, pp. 201-284

Randall Hansen, State Controls: Borders, Refugees, and Citizenship
E. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, G. Loescher, K. Long, and N. Sigona (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, Oxford, OUP, 2014, pp. 253-264

ADVANCED MATERIALS

Kay Hailbronner and Jana Gogolin, Asylum- Territorial
R Wolfrum (ed), The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, Oxford, OUP, 2012

Maria-Teresa Gil-Bazo, Asylum as a General Principle of International Law
International Journal of Refugee Law (2015) 27 (1): 3-28

Hélène Lambert, Francesco Messineo and Paul Tiedemann, Comparative Perspectives of Constitutional Asylum in France, Italy, and Germany: Requiescat in Pace?
Refugee Survey Quarterly (2008) 27 (3): 16-32

María-Teresa Gil-Bazo, The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and the Right to be Granted Asylum in the Union's Law
Refugee Survey Quarterly (2008) 27 (3): 33-52

Jens Vedsted-Hansen, The European Convention on Human Rights, Counter-Terrorism, and Refugee Protection
Refugee Survey Quarterly (2010) 29 (4): 189-206

HELPFUL LINKS

The State of the World’s Refugees: In Search of Solidarity (2012)
http://www.unhcr.org/4fc5ceca9.html

The 1951 Refugee Convention, UNHCR
http://www.unhcr.org/pages/49da0e466.html

  • Text of the 1951 Convention
  • FAQs about the treaty and its protocol

Forced Migration Online
www.forcedmigration.org

UNHCR: Refworld
www.unhcr.org/cgi-bin/texis/vtx/refworld/rwmain

UNHCR: Refugee Protection: A Guide to International Refugee Law
http://www.unhcr.org/3d4aba564.html

UNHCR: International Refugee Law -Legal Resources
http://www.unhcr-centraleurope.org/en/resources/legal-documents/international-refugee-law.html

UNHCR: Legal Protection
http://www.unhcr.org/pages/49c3646cce.html

The Refugee Law Reader
www.refugeelawreader.org

Refugee Caselaw
http://www.reflaw.org/

Center for Gender and Refugee Studies
http://cgrs.uchastings.edu/

International Justice Resource Center
http://www.ijrcenter.org/refugee-law/

  • Guide of Treaties and Case Law on Asylum and the Rights of Refugees

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