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Refugee Law and the Measure of Globalisation

Catherine Dauvergne, BA MA (Carleton), LLB (UBC), PhD (ANU), holds the Canada Research Chair in Migration Law and is an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia. Her book entitled Humanitarianism, Identity and Nation came out with UBC Press in 2005. She is currently working on a book on illegal migration and globalisation.

The starting point of this article is the contemporary decline in state commitments to the central principles of refugee law, a trend in which Australia is a leader but is by no means alone. The central argument is that this phenomenon is linked to globalising forces and perceived threats to state sovereignty, including a marked growth in the importance of human rights law. The article considers the uneasy relationship between human rights law and refugee law as an example of the type of paradox that typifies globalisation.

(2005) Volume 22 No 2 Law in Context 62

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