This guide covers the basics of refugee law (legal norms, key organizations, etc.) and of the European situation. It also suggests sources for researching seminar papers and for keeping up-to-date on the latest developments.
This book, by one of the leading scholars of refugee law, is a deep dive into Article 1 of the Refugee Convention. It is the most comprehensive analysis, based on the jurisprudence of more than 30 countries, of the most critical question of “who qualifies for refugee status?” It is designed to be read together with Prof. Hathaway's The Rights of Refugees Under International Law.
This book, by leading refugee scholar James Hathaway, is the first analysis of all the human rights of refugees, both under the Refugee Convention itself (Arts. 2-34) and under related standards of international human rights law. It's designed to be read together with Prof. Hathaway's The Law of Refugee Status.
This book is a great introduction, touching on all major aspects of international refugee law. [For off-campus access, use your MyUSF sign-in. For the print version, see K 3230 .R45 G66 2007 Law Stacks.]
An "in‐depth analysis of each and every provision of the 1951 Convention and its 1967 Protocol." Includes citations to books, articles, U.N. documents, judicial decision, and more. Edited by Andreas Zimmermann. [For off-campus access, use your MyUSF sign-in. For the print version, see K 3230 .R45 A132 2011 Law Stacks.]
The U.N. and other International Governmental Organizations
The United Nations agency "mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. It also has a mandate to help stateless people."
An IGO with 165 state members, the IMO " works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people." Its site includes news, in-depth studies, statistics, and more.
Analysis and resources on the two 2016 summits on refugees: the United Nations Summit for Refugees and the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees. (A project of Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at the Univ. of New South Wales.)
"We respond to emergencies as well as chronic situations, focusing especially on documenting government efforts to block access to asylum, to deprive asylum seekers of rights to fair hearings of their refugee claims, and to the forcible return of people to places where their lives or freedom would be threatened."