Jan18

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

United States, January 18, 2019

Samantha Kulhanek Second-year student at the University of Michigan Law School Taking his lead from Jeff Sessions and his infamous Matter of A-B- decision, acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker...

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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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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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Aug24

The Issue of Our Generation: An Interview with Lara Finkbeiner, Deputy Legal Director, International Refugee Assistance Project

August 24, 2018

On July 10, 2018 RefLaw Managing Editor Kara Naseef interviewed International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) Deputy Legal Director, Lara Finkbeiner about recent developments in international refugee law. What follows is an edited version of that interview.

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Jul24

A Review of the Attorney General’s Review(s)

U.S., July 24, 2018

Sessions’ Matter of A-B- decision, together with previous decisions, ignores the plight of refugees fleeing gang and domestic violence in Southern and Central America and violates international obligations.

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Jun22

Contemplating a Forcible Return to Syria

June 22, 2018

The Illegality and Immorality of Returning Syrian Refugees Against Their Will.

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May29

Refugee Law in Ecuador: An Interview with Liliya Paraketsova, 2017 PRAL Fellow

Ecuador, May 29, 2018

On March 22, 2018, RefLaw Associate Editor Sam Kulhanek interviewed Liliya Paraketsova, a 2017 Fellow of the Michigan Law Program in Refugee and Asylum Law (PRAL), about her experience working with the Asylum Access regional office for Latin America in Ecuador. What follows is an edited version of that interview. The views and opinions represented are solely Liliya's and do not necessarily reflect the views of Asylum Access.

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