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Main Debates

  • Is there a right to asylum under international law? If so, what are its limits?
  • How broadly should the legal definition of ‘refugee’ be drawn?
  • How long is a state legally obliged to protect refugees?
  • To what extent is a state obliged to develop durable solutions as opposed to temporary protection?
  • When does human rights protection trump migration control?
  • What are the implications of extraterritorial policies that threaten refugee protection?

Main Points

  • International refugee protection as a surrogate to national protection, resulting from the failure of the state to protect the refugee from persecution
  • Standards of protection and refugee rights
  • Increasing importance of core international human rights instruments for refugee protection