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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, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 22 October 2019

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

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

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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