Research Handbook on International Law and Peace
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Research Handbook on International Law and Peace

Edited by Cecilia M. Bailliet

Peace is an elusive concept, especially within the field of international law, varying according to historical era and between contextual applications within different cultures, institutions, societies, and academic traditions. This Research Handbook responds to the gap created by the neglect of peace in international law scholarship. Explaining the normative evolution of peace from the principles of peaceful co-existence to the UN declaration on the right to peace, this Research Handbook calls for the fortification of international institutions to facilitate the pursuit of sustainable peace as a public good.
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Chapter 14: Refugees and peace

Maja Janmyr


This chapter explores how refugeehood is intrinsically linked to various aspects of peace. First, as is evidenced by the definition of ‘refugee’, refugees may be seen as consequences of breaches of peace. Second, the grant of asylum is a peaceful and humanitarian act that should not be regarded as unfriendly by another state. Third, the linkage between refugees and (a lack of) peace is apparent in the reality in which refugee protection is deeply affected by greater security issues. Finally, the notion of peace is also relevant in discussions of durable solutions for refugees; repatriation, resettlement, and local integration all have the ultimate goal of allowing refugees to rebuild their lives in dignity and peace.

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