Legitimising Rejection

International Refugee Law in Southeast Asia


The 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees are the two primary international legal instruments that states use to process asylum seekers' claim to refugee status. However, in Southeast Asia only two states have acceded to these instruments. This is seemingly paradoxical for a region that has been host to a large number of asylum seekers who, as a result, are forced to live as ‘illegal migrants’. This book examines the region's continued rejection of international refugee law through extensive archival analysis and argues that this rejection was shaped by the region’s response to its largest refugee crisis in the post-1945 era: the Indochinese refugee crisis from 1975 to 1996. The result is a seminal study into Southeast Asian's relationship with international refugee law and the impact that this has had on states surrounding the region, the UNHCR and the asylum seekers themselves.

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Sara E. Davies, Ph.D. (2005) in International Relations, University of Queensland, is a Lecturer at the School of Justice, Faculty of Law at the Queensland University of Technology. She has written a number of articles and chapters on international refugee law, state of exception in international law and global health governance.
List of Abbreviations; Introduction; Chapter 1: The Eurocentric 1951 Convention; Chapter 2: 1967 Protocol – the Addendum to the 1951 Convention; Chapter 3: The Beginning of the Indochinese Refugee Crisis: 1975-1979; Chapter 4: After the 1979 Indochinese Conference: the Early 1980s; Chapter 5: Compassion Fatigue’ in the Mid 1980s; Chapter 6: The 1989 Comprehensive Plan of Action; Conclusion; Bibliography; Appendix 1: 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees; Appendix 2: Statute of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees; Appendix 3: 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees; Appendix 4: Final Text of the AALCC’S 1966 Bangkok Principles on Status and Treatment of Refugees.
All those interested in international refugee law, human rights, refugee studies, Asian studies, international law and international relations.
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