Humanising Non-Citizens: The Convergence of Human Rights and Human Security

HUMAN SECURITY AND NON-CITIZENS: LAW, POLICY, AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS, A. Edwards and C. Ferstman, eds., Chapter 1, Cambridge University Press, 2010

Posted: 14 Jan 2010

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Alice Edwards

Refugee Studies Center, Oxford University

Carla Ferstman

University of Essex - School of Law

Date Written: January 12, 2010

Abstract

The past decades have seen enormous changes in our perceptions of 'security,' the causes of insecurity and the measures adopted to address them. Threats of terrorism and the impacts of globalisation and mass migration have shaped our identities, politics and world views. This chapter analyses these shifts in thinking and, in particular, critically engages with the concept of 'human security' from legal, international relations and human rights perspectives. We consider the special circumstances of non-citizens, such as refugees, migrants, and displaced and stateless persons, and assess whether, conceptually and practically, 'human security' helps to address the multiple challenges they face.

Keywords: human security, non-citizens, refugees, security discourse, human rights

Suggested Citation

Edwards, Alice and Ferstman, Carla, Humanising Non-Citizens: The Convergence of Human Rights and Human Security (January 12, 2010). HUMAN SECURITY AND NON-CITIZENS: LAW, POLICY, AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS, A. Edwards and C. Ferstman, eds., Chapter 1, Cambridge University Press, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1535385

Alice Edwards (Contact Author)

Refugee Studies Center, Oxford University ( email )

Mansfield Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 4AU
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/

Carla Ferstman

University of Essex - School of Law ( email )

Colchester, Essex CO43SQ
United Kingdom

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