Covid-19, Border Closures, and International Law

5 Pages Posted: 5 Aug 2020

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Bríd Ní Ghráinne

National University of Ireland, Maynooth (Maynooth University) - Department of Law; Institute of International Relations Prague (Ústavu mezinárodních vztahů); Masaryk University

Date Written: July 28, 2020

Abstract

Covid-19 pays no heed to borders. Globalisation has carried the virus from a market in Wuhan, China, to almost every country in the world. In response to the virus, some governments have closed their borders to refugees and/or have pushed back refugees from their territories, even though they are well-aware of the dire circumstances that have caused these people to flee their homes. This reflection sets out the compatibility of such practices with international refugee and human rights law. It argues that while states may put in place measures to restrict the spread of the virus (such as health screening, testing, and/or quarantine) vis a vis refugees, such measures may not result in refoulement or in denying them an effective opportunity to seek asylum.

Suggested Citation

Ní Ghráinne, Bríd, Covid-19, Border Closures, and International Law (July 28, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3662218 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3662218

Bríd Ní Ghráinne (Contact Author)

National University of Ireland, Maynooth (Maynooth University) - Department of Law ( email )

Maynooth, County Kildare
Ireland

Institute of International Relations Prague (Ústavu mezinárodních vztahů) ( email )

Nerudova 3
Prague 1 - Malá Strana, 118 50
Czech Republic

Masaryk University ( email )

Zerotinovo nam. 9
60177 Brno, 603 00
Czech Republic

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