Comparative Regional Protection Frameworks for Refugees: Norms and Norm Entrepreneurs

International Journal of Human Rights, Volume 20, Issue 2 (2016)

U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper No. 738

23 Pages Posted: 5 Aug 2016

Date Written: August 3, 2016

Abstract

This article analyses the strengths and limits of regional approaches to refugee protection. It compares three regions; namely the EU, Latin America and the Southeast Asian (SEA) region. It refers to two refugee protection crises to highlight the importance of regional approaches to refugee protection: namely the Rohingya “boat people” crisis which unfolded in the Indian Ocean in May 2015 and the advance of Syrian refugees towards Europe which escalated from the same period. It identifies the norms of refugee protection which have been “internalised” in the three regional contexts and contextualises the regional processes. It argues for the importance of looking closely at the underlying norms, and the identities and activities of the relevant “norm entrepreneurs” at the regional level. It concludes that regional solutions for refugee protection will be most effective when the norms have been solidly embedded in legal systems and institutions.

Keywords: Regional Approaches to Refugee Protection, the EU, Latin America and Southeast Asia, Norms and Norm Entrepreneurs

JEL Classification: K00, K33, K37

Suggested Citation

Kneebone, Susan York, Comparative Regional Protection Frameworks for Refugees: Norms and Norm Entrepreneurs (August 3, 2016). International Journal of Human Rights, Volume 20, Issue 2 (2016), U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper No. 738, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2818163

Susan York Kneebone (Contact Author)

University of Melbourne - Law School ( email )

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