- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Online publication date: July 2021
- Print publication year: 2021
- Online ISBN: 9781108938402
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108938402
The idea that a claim for international protection can be rejected on the basis that the claimant behave 'discreetly' in their country of origin has remained resilient in asylum claims based on sexual orientation, but also other grounds of claim. This is significant because requiring an asylum-seeker to forgo the reason for which they are persecuted questions the very rationale of refugee protection. This book represents the first principled examination of concealment in refugee law. Janna Wessels connects the different strands of the long-standing debate in both common and civil law jurisdictions and scholarship concerning the question of whether and under which circumstances a claimant must conceal to avoid persecution. In so doing, Wessels uncovers a fundamental tension at the core of the refugee concept. By using sexuality as a lens, this study breaks new ground regarding sexual orientation claims and wider issues surrounding the refugee definition.
Alice Edwards - former Chief of Protection Policy and Legal Advice, UNHCR
Hélène Lambert - University of Technology Sydney
Jane McAdam - Scientia Professor and Director of the Andrew and Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, University of New South Wales Sydney
Elspeth Guild - Jean Monnet Professor ad personam at Queen Mary University of London, Emeritus Professor at Radboud University Nijmegen, and partner at Kingsley Napley LLP
Michelle Foster - Director, Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness, Melbourne Law School
Gregor Noll - Torsten Söderberg Research Professor at the School of Business, Economics and Law and Professor of International Law, Gothenburg University
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