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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Asylum, Territorial

Kay Hailbronner, Jana Gogolin

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 23 June 2024

Refugees — Prisoners of war — Asylum — Stateless persons — Sovereignty

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 The meaning of the term ‘asylum’ is rarely illustrated. It is derived from the Greek word asylon, which means literally something not subject to seizure or freedom from seizure. In 1950, the Institut de Droit international defined the term ‘asylum’ as the protection, which a State offers to an individual within its territory or in another relevant territory subject to certain of its organs who seek such protection (Institut de Droit international ‘L’asile en droit international public [à l’exclusion de l’asile neutre]’ (11 September 1950)). 2 Generally, one...
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