Imminence in Refugee and Human Rights Law: A Misplaced Notion for International Protection

(2019) 68 International Comparative Law Quarterly 111

UNSW Law Research Paper No. 19-16

26 Pages Posted: 25 Mar 2019

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Adrienne Anderson

Independent

Michelle Foster

University of Melbourne - Law School

Helene Lambert

University of Technology Sydney; University of Westminster - School of Law

Jane McAdam

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law

Date Written: November 1, 2018

Abstract

This article is the first scholarly output of a major research project examining the notion of imminence in the law on international protection. It is the first piece of scholarship to identify an emerging trend, namely the introduction of imminence—whether invoked implicitly or explicitly—as a potential barrier to refugee status or complementary protection. The article analyses the jurisprudence of relevant international bodies and courts and critiques the validity of this notion as a tool for assessing States’ protection obligations.

Keywords: imminence, refugee law, human rights law, complementary protection, non-refoulement, time

Suggested Citation

Anderson, Adrienne and Foster, Michelle and Lambert, Helene and McAdam, Jane, Imminence in Refugee and Human Rights Law: A Misplaced Notion for International Protection (November 1, 2018). (2019) 68 International Comparative Law Quarterly 111; UNSW Law Research Paper No. 19-16. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3359338

Adrienne Anderson

Independent ( email )

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Michelle Foster

University of Melbourne - Law School ( email )

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185 Pelham Street, Carlton
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Helene Lambert

University of Technology Sydney ( email )

Sydney
Australia

University of Westminster - School of Law ( email )

4 Little Titchfield Street
London, England W1W 7UW
United Kingdom

Jane McAdam (Contact Author)

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law ( email )

Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia

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