Imminence in Refugee and Human Rights Law: A Misplaced Notion for International Protection
(2019) 68 International Comparative Law Quarterly 111
26 Pages Posted: 25 Mar 2019
Date Written: November 1, 2018
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
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