The Handbook aims to take a global view of international refugee law, bringing together leading scholars from across the globe to undertake a critical analysis, seeking to define the field and set the agenda for future research. It is global in substantive, legal, and geographical senses. Substantively, the Handbook aims to balance coverage of traditional core topics in refugee law, such as the refugee definition, with contemporary concerns around states’ restrictive practices, and new challenges, such the role of technology in refugee protection. It will also include interdisciplinary reflections on international law pertaining to refugees, from ethical and political perspectives, and critical perspectives from a feminist, postcolonial and queer legal-theoretical perspectives.
Legally, the global aspiration is reflected in the inclusion of not only international refugee law stricto sensu, but also contributions examining how other fields of international law affect refugees and displacement, including IHL, human rights law, international criminal law and the law relating to the responsibility of states and international organisations. Geographically, the Handbook contains chapters on international refugee law across the globe, including understudied regions, for instance including four chapters on different parts of Asia. The contributors come from over 30 countries, reflecting a concerted effort to reflect the diversity in the legal academy on this topic.
The event was supported by RSC funding from the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, as well as an ongoing Oxford Law Faculty – Melbourne Law School partnership grant held by Professors Costello and Foster, and the Kaldor Centre. The Handbook is due to be published by Oxford University Press in 2020.