The Rights of Refugees under International Law

by James C. Hathaway

This book presents the first comprehensive analysis of the human rights of refugees as set by the UN Refugee Convention. In an era where States are increasingly challenging the logic of simply assimilating refugees to their own citizens, questions are now being raised about whether refugees should be allowed to enjoy freedom of movement, to work, to access public welfare programs, or to be reunited with family members. Doubts have been expressed about the propriety of exempting refugees from visa and other immigration rules, and whether there is a duty to admit refugees at all. Hathaway links the standards of the UN Refugee Convention to key norms of international human rights law, and applies his analysis to the world's most difficult protection challenges. This is a critical resource for advocates, judges, and policymakers. It will also be a pioneering scholarly work for graduate students of international and human rights law.

  • Cambridge University Press; September 2005
  • ISBN: 9780511131202
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  • Title: The Rights of Refugees under International Law
  • Author: James C. Hathaway
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press

In The Press

'Hathaway, one of the leading experts of international law, has the intention to provide a truly comprehensive understanding of the refugee rights regime … The outcome is not only the most voluminous, but also the best book on the rights of refugees published until now. … If there is one book in the area of international refugee law of which it can be properly said that it is indispensable for everybody, working either in practice or academically with international refugee law, it is this new book by Hathaway. … The book reflects decades of careful academic work of the highest quality. It will remain for a long time the fundamental opus of international refugee law. … one will draw much profit from this book.' International Journal of Refugee Law