International Refugee Law and Socio-Economic Rights: Refuge from Deprivation by Michelle FosterInternational Refugee Law and Socio-Economic Rights: Refuge from Deprivation by Michelle Foster

International Refugee Law and Socio-Economic Rights: Refuge from Deprivation

byMichelle Foster

Paperback | December 14, 2009

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A range of emerging refugee claims is beginning to challenge the boundaries of the Refugee Convention regime and question traditional distinctions between 'economic migrants' and 'political refugees'. This book identifies the conceptual and analytical challenges presented by claims based on socio-economic deprivation, and undertakes an assessment of the extent to which these challenges may be overcome by a creative interpretation of the Refugee Convention, consistent with correct principles of international treaty interpretation. The central argument is that, notwithstanding the dichotomy between 'economic migrants' and 'political refugees', the Refugee Convention is capable of accommodating a more complex analysis which recognizes that many claims based on socio-economic deprivation are indeed properly considered within the purview of the Refugee Convention. This, the first book to consider these issues, will be of great interest to refugee law scholars, advocates, decision-makers and non-governmental organizations.
Title:International Refugee Law and Socio-Economic Rights: Refuge from DeprivationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:442 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.83 inPublished:December 14, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:052113336X

ISBN - 13:9780521133364


Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. A human rights framework for interpreting the Refugee Convention; 3. Persecution and socio-economic deprivation in refugee law; 4. Rethinking the conceptual approach to socio-economic claims; 5. Economic deprivation as the reason for being persecuted; 6. Economic disadvantage and the Refugee Convention grounds; 7. Conclusions.

Editorial Reviews

"[A] stunning debut... that [is] accessible to a wider readership...Foster's work is also structured beautifully and shows an impressive grasp of comparative jurisprudence across the common law jurisdictions she studied in her research. Her strong focus on domestic jurisprudence and her insistence on a careful and principled approach to interpreting the Convention definition should be particularly useful for refugee adjudicators." --Professor Mary Crock, Sydney Law School, (2008) 27 Australian Yearbook of International Law 257 at 260-1