Blog Posts: Refugees/Asylum

Prof. Ann Estin on child welfare in abduction and asylum proceedings

Numbers of unaccompanied minors taken into custody at the United States's southern border have nearly doubled in the last year. The dramatic increase has strained U.S. courts, particularly where international legal obligations are involved. University of Iowa law Prof. Ann Estin argues that U.S. courts are up to the challenge.

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No Comments | Posted by Elizabeth M. Hutchens on Mon. August 1, 2016 8:00 AM
Categories: Children's rights, Conflict of Laws, Hague Convention, Refugees/Asylum, Symposium

EU-Turkey Agreement: is the EU's refugee return program legal?

Under the new EU-Turkey agreement, all illegal migrants arriving in the EU from Turkey will be returned, but t he EU must be careful that its ultimate goal of curbing the migrant influx through mass deportation does not overshadow its obligation under international law to respect migrants’ rights.
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No Comments | Posted by Keturah T. Reed on Thu. March 31, 2016 9:00 PM
Categories: European Union, Refugees/Asylum, Reports (longer, analytical blog posts)

The legal and moral dimensions of a no-fly zone over Syria

Several former foreign-policy officials have proposed a "no-fly zone" over parts of Syria as a way of shielding civilians from attacks by government forces. President Obama and others have criticized the idea as likely to provoke a confrontation with Russia. Whatever the policy merits, a no-fly zone could have some justification in international law.
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No Comments | Posted by John A. Sorenson (Adam) on Wed. March 9, 2016 11:55 AM
Categories: Law of War, Refugees/Asylum, Reports (longer, analytical blog posts), Russia, Syria, United Nations

Guatemala breaks new ground in sex-slavery prosecution

A Guatemalan prosecution of mass rape, the sort of case usually pursued in the International Criminal Court, is believed to be the first of its kind in a national court.
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No Comments | Posted by Melodie Pellot-Hernandez on Mon. February 22, 2016 5:15 PM
Categories: Human trafficking, Insurgency, International Criminal Court, International Human Rights, Latin America, Refugees/Asylum

Dominican Republic violates int'l law in canceling citizenship

The Dominican Republic has stripped citizenship from tens of thousands of ethnic Haitians. The violation of human rights is epic in scale but has provoked virtually no international outcry.

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No Comments | Posted by Keturah T. Reed on Tue. January 26, 2016 8:08 PM
Categories: Caribbean, Immigration, International Human Rights, Latin America, Refugees/Asylum, Reports (longer, analytical blog posts)

Can the EU develop an effective response to its Syrian refugee crisis?

An EU plan to resettle 120,000 Syrian refugees is a good start but does not adequately address the problems asylum-seekers face in EU member states, including individual member states' actions that may violate international and EU law on refugees and human rights.


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No Comments | Posted by Madison L. Beveridge on Tue. October 20, 2015 12:44 PM
Categories: European Union, Greece, Hungary, International Human Rights, Islamic State, Italy, Refugees/Asylum, Reports (longer, analytical blog posts), Syria

Australia's Stop the Boat Policy

Australia’s new asylum policy aimed at deterring refugees made international headlines when 56 asylum seekers from Pakistan and Bangladesh were sent back to Indonesia in a lifeboat.


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No Comments | Posted by Raymond L. Echevarria (Ray) on Mon. February 10, 2014 8:00 AM
Categories: Australia, Refugees/Asylum, United Nations

The Curious Case of Edward Snowden

During the summer of 2013, the world was captivated by the story of National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. Currently living in Moscow on a temporary grant of asylum, Snowden has charged the Obama Administration with two related violations of international law: (1) that it interfered with his right to seek asylum; and (2) that it made him stateless by revoking his passport.


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No Comments | Posted by Christian Howard Brill on Wed. December 4, 2013 8:00 AM
Categories: Extradition, International Human Rights, Law of foreign and diplomatic relations, Refugees/Asylum, WikiLeaks

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