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Critical Issues in International Refugee Law
Strategies toward Interpretative Harmony


James C. Simeon, Albie Sachs, Jane McAdam, Geoff Gilbert, Elspeth Guild, Kate Jastram, Nergis Canefe
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  • Date Published: August 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521199520

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  • This volume of essays examines key cutting-edge areas of international refugee law, including strategies for interpretative harmony, the rights of refugees and the standard of proof in complementary protection. Each topic is examined from a theoretical and a practical perspective in order to find solutions to the many legal issues and concerns which currently confront this area of law, and to seek ways to advance the field as a whole.

    • Detailed review and analysis of the critical issues confronting international refugee law
    • Combines the perspectives of the recognized expert practitioner and the legal theorist scholar to provide new insights in and the most promising avenues for resolving legal issues and concerns and for further research
    • Incorporates a broad overview of the field of international refugee law while at the same time providing in-depth coverage of cutting-edge legal issues and concerns
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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521199520
    • length: 240 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 137 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: the research workshop on critical issues in international refugee law and strategies towards interpretative harmony James C. Simeon
    2. From refugee to judge: on refugee law Justice Albie Sachs
    3. The impact of the standard of proof on complementary protection claims: comparative approaches in the European Union and Canada Jane McAdam
    4. Running scared since 9/11: refugees, UNHCR and the purposive approach to treaty interpretation Geoff Gilbert
    5. Asymmetrical sovereignty and the refugee: diplomatic assurances and the failure of due process, Agiza v. Sweden and Alzery v. Sweden Elspeth Guild
    6. Economic harm as a basis for refugee status and the application of human rights law to the interpretation of economic persecution Kate Jastram
    7. The fragmented nature of the international refugee regime and its consequences: a comparative analysis of the applications of the 1951 Convention Nergis Canefe.

  • Editor

    James C. Simeon, York University, Toronto
    James C. Simeon is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, a Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS) Scholar, and a Faculty Associate with the Centre for Support of Teaching (CST) at York University, Toronto, Canada. His teaching and research interests are in the fields of public management, public administration, public policy and administration and international human rights law, international refugee law, and international humanitarian and criminal law.


    James C. Simeon, Albie Sachs, Jane McAdam, Geoff Gilbert, Elspeth Guild, Kate Jastram, Nergis Canefe

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