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Jonas Dörschner, Felix Machts, Andreas Zimmermann (Beteiligte)

The 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol

A Commentary
Ed. by Zimmermann, Andreas w. Dörschner, Jonas, and Machts, Felix
2011. 1936 S. 253 mm
ISBN: 0-19-954251-1 (0199542511)
Neue ISBN: 978-0-19-954251-2 (9780199542512)

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The 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol are the cornerstones of international refugee law. This Commentary provides a systematic, article-by-article analysis of their provisions and several thematic chapters examine general issues in refugee law, making it a crucial tool for international and domestic lawyers working on refugee cases.
The Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees adopted on 28 July 1951 in Geneva provides the most comprehensive codification of the rights of refugees yet attempted. Consolidating previous international instruments relating to refugees, the 1951 Convention with its 1967 Protocol marks a cornerstone in the development of international refugee law. At present, there are 144 States Parties to one or both of these instruments, expressing a worldwide consensus on the
definition of the term refugee and the fundamental rights to be granted to refugees. These facts demonstrate and underline the extraordinary significance of these instruments as the indispensable legal basis of international refugee law.

This Commentary provides for a systematic and comprehensive analysis of the 1951 Convention and the 1967 Protocol on an article-by-article basis, exposing the interrelationship between the different articles and discussing the latest developments in international refugee law. In addition, several thematic contributions analyse questions of international refugee law which are of general significance, such as regional developments and the relationship between refugee law and the law of the
Professor Andreas Zimmermann is Professor of Law, University of Potsdam and Director Potsdam Centre of Human Rights; Dr. jur. (Heidelberg), LL.M. (Harvard); former Member of the German delegation to the Preparatory Committee and the United Nations Diplomatic Conference on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court; member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration; counsel in various cases before the ICJ; judge ad hoc in various cases before the European Court
of Human Rights; arbitrator under the annex to the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties; member of the advisory board on UN issues of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs; co-editor, inter alia, of The Statute of the International Court of Justice: A Commentary (Oxford University Press, 2006).