Research Handbook on International Refugee Law
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Research Handbook on International Refugee Law

Edited by Satvinder Singh Juss

In an age of ethnic nationalism and anti-immigrant rhetoric, the study of refugees can help develop a new outlook on social justice, just as the post-war international order ends. The global financial crisis, the rise of populist leaders like Trump, Putin, and Erdogan, not to mention the arrival of anti-EU parties, raises the need to interrogate the refugee, migrant, citizen, stateless, legal, and illegal as concepts. This insightful Research Handbook is a timely contribution to that debate.
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Chapter 18: Some other(ed) refugees?: women seeking asylum under refugee and human rights law

Catherine Briddick


This chapter explores three issues that arise from a consideration of women’s claims for recognition as refugees under international refugee law (IRL), subsidiary protection and/or protection from refoulement under international human rights law (IHRL). The first issue considered is women’s access to protection. Attention is drawn to the increasing numbers of women seeking protection, and the gendered impacts that Europe’s ‘re-bordering’ has on those women who are forced to undertake ‘illegalised’ and, therefore, ever-more dangerous journeys. The second issue considered is the scope of protection offered to women seeking protection from gender-based violence under IRL and IHRL. The chapter concludes with a consideration of a recent success: developments in IHRL that seek to improve the way that women’s claims for protection are determined.

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