Presentation Title

The Refugee Law Regime: Balancing Politics and Human Rights

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

School

School of Sciences and Social Sciences

Discipline

Criminal Justice Studies

Mentor

Angela Barlow

Abstract

International Refugee Law seeks to respond to population displacements caused by war, conflict, and natural disaster. While the 1951 Refugee Convention's intentions are humanitarian in nature, politics and state sovereignty have worked to limit the protection of the world’s most vulnerable refugees. This presentation explores the gap between human rights and the protection of state soverignty that exists in the current legal framework. Through a broad survey of the current legal framework surrounding the protection of refugees, the pitfalls of national and international policies become evident. I argue that case law, legal scholarship, and the current refugee crises all emphasize the need for a more human rights based approach in the treatment of refugees. Given the current refugee crisis in Syria, changes must be made to law and policy, as the balancing of human rights and politics is more important than ever.

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The Refugee Law Regime: Balancing Politics and Human Rights

International Refugee Law seeks to respond to population displacements caused by war, conflict, and natural disaster. While the 1951 Refugee Convention's intentions are humanitarian in nature, politics and state sovereignty have worked to limit the protection of the world’s most vulnerable refugees. This presentation explores the gap between human rights and the protection of state soverignty that exists in the current legal framework. Through a broad survey of the current legal framework surrounding the protection of refugees, the pitfalls of national and international policies become evident. I argue that case law, legal scholarship, and the current refugee crises all emphasize the need for a more human rights based approach in the treatment of refugees. Given the current refugee crisis in Syria, changes must be made to law and policy, as the balancing of human rights and politics is more important than ever.