The 1967 Refugee Protocol and the Challenges of a Regional Agreement in Latin America, by Robert F. Barsky

by Guest Blogger — Monday, Apr. 29, 2019

In a series of blog posts, I have suggested that envisioning the 1967 Refugee Protocol as a simple amendment to the 1951 Convention, and fixating solely upon it eliminating the words ‘as a result of events occurring before 1 January 1951’, doesn’t capture the complexity of the Protocol’s creation, the context within which it was […]

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Negotiating the 1967 Protocol in the Midst of the Cold War, by Robert F. Barsky

by Guest Blogger — Wednesday, Apr. 10, 2019

I have been engaged in a review of documents that in my opinion constitute the travaux préparatoires to the 1967 Refugee Protocol. This repository is unexpectedly rich, and in the preceding three blog posts devoted to this research, I have made a number of claims about its historical, political, sociological and legal importance. First, these […]

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What does the 1967 Protocol have to say about the Legal Obligations that the United States Owes to Asylum Seekers?, by Robert F. Barsky

by Guest Blogger — Wednesday, Mar. 20, 2019

The Trump administration’s claims and actions in regards to refugees and asylum seekers have led lawmakers, lawyers and the courts to consider a crucial question: What are the US government’s obligations towards refugees and asylum seekers? There are rights that are clearly stated in such work as Hathaway and Neve, which are rooted in the […]

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The 1967 Refugee Protocol and the Progressive “Liberalization” of International Refugee Law, by Robert F. Barsky

by Guest Blogger — Thursday, Mar. 7, 2019

All around the world, refugees who are “lucky” enough to be rescued at sea, or to cross the border into a host country, are finding that the safe haven from persecution that they long for is being replaced with uncertainty (Malta), detention of children (Nauru), inhumane refugee camp conditions (Syria), financial ruin (Israel), forced return […]

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Employing the Travaux préparatoires of the 1967 Protocol to Defend the Rights of Vulnerable Migrants, By Robert F. Barsky

by Guest Blogger — Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019

I have amassed close to a thousand pages of letters, minutes of meetings, memos and reports that from repositories of the UNHCR, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Carnegie Foundation, the Swiss archives, as well as various university library repositories. They offer precise details concerning the negotiations that produced the 1967 Protocol to the 1951 Geneva Convention, […]

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