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The Rights of Refugees under International Law
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Do states have a duty to assimilate refugees to their own citizens? Are refugees entitled to freedom of movement, to be allowed to work, to have access to public welfare programs, or to be reunited with family members? Indeed, is there even a duty to admit refugees at all? This fundamentally rewritten second edition of the award-winning treatise presents the only comprehensive analysis of the human rights of refugees set by the UN Refugee Convention and international human rights law. It follows the refugee's journey from flight to solution, examining every rights issue both historically and by reference to the decisions of senior courts from around the world. Nor is this a purely doctrinal book: Hathaway's incisive legal analysis is tested against and applied to hundreds of protection challenges around the world, ensuring the relevance of this book's analysis to responding to the hard facts of refugee life on the ground.


Praise for the First Edition:‘… painstakingly researched, cogently argued, and beautifully written … An instant classic on the topic of refugee rights.’

Penelope Mathew Source: American Journal of International Law

Praise for the First Edition:‘… the authoritative comprehensive commentary of the Convention. As usual, the strength of Hathaway's approach lies in the precision of his legal analysis.’

Catherine Phuong Source: Human Rights Law Review

Praise for the First Edition:‘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 … It will remain for a long time the fundamental opus of international refugee law.’

Kay Hailbronner - International Journal of Refugee Law

‘… impressive and well-researched … For those interested in the rights of refugees under international law, it would be surprising if there were any authors who had given this topic more detailed consideration than Professor Hathaway.'

Paul Keeley Source: Law Society Gazette

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  • 1 - The Evolution of the Refugee Rights Regime
    pp 10-127


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