Mar23

Nigerian Sex-Trafficking Victims and the Recognition of Refugee Status in the United Kingdom

Nigeria, March 23, 2017

An analysis of how a recent British asylum case signals a change in approach to evaluating asylum claims of trafficked women from Nigeria inside the United Kingdom, and what it means for the victims.

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Feb3

Executive (Dis)order and Refugees—The Trump Policy’s Blindness to International Law

United States, February 3, 2017

There is a gross mismatch between the risk asserted and the persons banned – of precisely the kind that is at odds with the “objective and reasonable” test that a policy must satisfy to avoid characterization under international law as illegal discrimination.

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Jan5

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie? Temporary Protection in European Union Asylum Law

European Union, January 5, 2017

A critical review of the doctrine of temporary protection in EU asylum law, in light of the current political and scholarly debate regarding the implementation, amendment or repeal of the Temporary Protection Directive.

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Dec5

Protecting Refugee Property and Dignity: A Brief Comment on the Legal and Ethical Basis of the Danish “Jewelry Law”

Denmark, December 5, 2016

In framing the Danish “Jewelry Law” as an example of a law that occupies the grey area between what is legal and what is ethical, this article seeks to understand what such a grey area means for our current system of international protection in Europe and beyond.

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Dec5

Norway Builds Fence Along Border with Russia to Deter Refugees and Migrants

Norway, December 5, 2016

Norway's recent construction of a fence along its border with Russia likely violates the prohibition against refoulement.

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Nov7

The Enemy of My Enemy: European Readmission Agreements with Repressive Governments

Italy, November 7, 2016

In August 2016, Italy and Sudan signed a readmission agreement aimed at distinguishing between “welcome guests” and “citizens who have no right to remain in the territories of the two states.” Italy's subsequent removal of 48 Sudanese nationals back to the hands of the Sudanese government has nevertheless raised serious concerns about the legality of these new procedures.

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Oct7

A Really, Really Bad Month for Refugees

October 7, 2016

In twin summits in New York this past September, governments had the chance to agree to a new era of refugee protection. That did not happen.

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Aug15

Mental Disability and Subjective Fear in the United States

United States of America, August 15, 2016

A recent U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals decision, the Matter of J-R-R-A-, addresses the application of the U.S. subjective fear doctrine within the context of mentally disabled asylum applicants

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Jul25

Pacific Dissolution: The Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea Rejects Australia’s Refugee Deterrence Scheme

Papua New Guinea, July 25, 2016

Relying on its domestic law, the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea has ruled that the indefinite detention of refugees at the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre is unconstitutional. This decision deals a major blow to Australia's refugee deterrence scheme, known as the "Pacific Solution."

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Jul11

Can Israel Freely Interpret the Refugee Convention (When it Comes to Palestinian Asylum Seekers)?

Israel, July 11, 2016

An Israeli immigration tribunal recently decided that (all) Palestinians who seek asylum in Israel are excluded from the 1951 UN Convention relating to the Status of Refugees under Article 1D thereof. In doing so, the Tribunal went against numerous decisions and academic writings to the contrary.

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