Apr26

Love the Refugee, Hate the Group: The Troublesome Precedent of Halim

April 26, 2019

Courts around the world accept evidence of persecution of persons similarly situated to the individual applicant to help establish his or her risk of persecution. Several U.S. courts, however, diverge from this practice. Should all claims, whether based on individual experiences or on those of persons similarly situated, be evaluated under the "reasonable possibility" standard?

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Feb22

U.S. Practices Under International Standards: An Interview with Hardy Vieux, Vice President (Legal), Human Rights First

February 22, 2019

On June 29, 2018, RefLaw Writer B.A. Bacigal interviewed Hardy Vieux, vice president (Legal) at Human Rights First (HRF) about his perspective on current issues in refugee and asylum law. What follows is an edited version of that interview. The views and opinions represented are solely Hardy’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of Human Rights First.

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Jan26

Building Myanmar’s International Responsibility before the ICJ by Recourse to Diplomatic Protection

January 26, 2019

Once host states are aware of, and willing to act on, the deficiencies in their current stance surrounding the persecuting state’s responsibility, it could bring an adversarial suit before an international court, specifically the ICJ. The answer to lacking state responsibility may lie in utilizing diplomatic protection’s pragmatic approach.

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Jan18

Will the Family Unit Remain the “Quintessential” Particular Social Group in the United States?

United States, January 18, 2019

On December 3, 2018, acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker certified a Board of Immigration Appeals decision to himself to address the validity of asylum claims based on membership in a family unit. Despite precedent recognizingthe family unit as a valid particular social group, advocates are rightly concerned that the Attorney General may be attempting to undermine this area of U.S. asylum law.

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Dec21

Circular Security: Cameroon’s Return of Nigerian Refugees is Bad Law and Bad Policy

December 21, 2018

Cameroon has taken to expelling refugees seeking relief from violence at the hands of Boko Haram on the pretense of national security, fearing that Boko Haram has infiltrated its borders. Cameroon’s mass expulsions without more process for individuals violates the country’s obligations under the Convention and Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees. Furthermore, there is little evidence that this policy effectively enhances national or regional security.

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Nov24

Asylum Meters & Bans: Trump’s New Border Regime Violates the United States’ Duties under International Refugee Law

November 24, 2018

The Trump administration is metering the number of individuals who are allowed to enter the United States and apply for asylum at points of entry, and prohibiting anyone who enters unlawfully without inspection from receiving asylum. This new border regime violates the United States' obligations under the 1967 Protocol to not refoul refugees to unsafe countries and not punish refugees for unlawful entrance.

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Nov12

Towards a Less Arbitrary Unequal: Designating Last Habitual Residence in Stateless Asylum Claims in the U.S.

United States, November 12, 2018

The consistent reference approach to CFHR is a more balanced way to adjudicate stateless applicants. The consistent approach may also aid in keeping well-founded fear and protection inquiries separate.

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Oct19

Climate change and international refugee law: A predicament approach

October 19, 2018

Lauren Nishimura RefLaw, Editorial Advisory Panel Oxford University, Doctoral Candidate Climate change is a reality, producing both extreme weather events like cyclones and storms and slower processes like drought, salinization,...

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Sep28

The Government’s Role in Domestic Violence: A different take on nexus formation

September 28, 2018

The United State’s current asylum framework protects those who are persecuted because of their race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. Should it extend to those who are denied state protection on those grounds?

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Sep21

The Plight of the Rohingya

Myanmar, September 21, 2018

The international community cannot assume that Myanmar will uphold its responsibility to this stateless ethnic group. In light of the Myanmar Government’s historical persecution and recent ethnic cleansing campaign of Rohingya people, the Rohingya are de facto refugees under the UNHCR mandate and require ongoing international protection.

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