Details of these new publications were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog. Further details can be found on the website at: http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/
New Thematic Publications on Gender Issues
“Crimes without Punishment: An Update on Violence against Women and Impunity in Guatemala,” Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal, vol. 10, no. 2 (Summer 2013) [full-text via SSRN]
“Development of a Screening Tool to Identify Female Survivors of Gender-based Violence in a Humanitarian Setting: Qualitative Evidence from Research among Refugees in Ethiopia,” Conflict and Health 7:13 (June 2013) [open access text]
“Giving Shelter from the Storm: Colombians Fleeing Persecution Based on Sexual Orientation,” Tulsa Law Review, vol. 48, no. 1 (Summer 2012) [full-text via SSRN]
Internally Displaced Women: Record Number, Unresolved Challenges (UpFront Blog, May 2013) [text]
Safe Haven: Sheltering Displaced Persons from Sexual and Gender-Based Violence – Comparative Report (Human Rights Center, Berkeley School of Law & UNHCR, May 2013) [text]
– See also individual country reports for Colombia, Haiti, Kenya and Thailand, and related blog post.
Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and the Refugee Determination Process in Canada (SSRN, June 2013) [text]
New Thematic Publications on Legal/Protection Items
The Domestic Implementation of International Humanitarian Law: A Manual (ICRC, April 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]
Handbook on European Law relating to Asylum, Borders and Immigration (ECHR & EU FRA, June 2013) [text]
– Available in English, French, German and Italian.
Protecting Civilians in Armed Conflict, Chipping Norton, UK, 16-18 May 2013 [info]
– Follow link for conference summary.
Reclaiming the Protection of Civilians under International Humanitarian Law, Oslo, 23-24 May 2013 [info]
– Follow link for conference documents, including recommendations; see also related IRIN news story.
“Treaty Interpretation before the Supreme Court,” Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law, vol. 2, no. 1 (2013) [free full-text]
– In part, discusses R v Secretary and the interpretation of Article 32 of the Refugee Convention.
The United States and Material-Support Bar for Refugees: A Tenuous Balance between National Security and Basic Human Rights, Drexel Law Review, vol. 5, no. 1 (Fall 2012) [full-text]
“U.K. Refugee Lawyers: Pushing the Boundaries of Domestic Court Acceptance of International Human Rights Law,” Boston College Law Review, vol. 54, no. 3 (2013) [full-text]
New Thematic Publications on Asylum Issues
As part of the “Towards Improved Asylum Decision-Making in the EU” project, UNHCR has released Beyond Proof: Credibility Assessment in EU Asylum Systems; the report aims in part to:
“…contribute to the further harmonization of Member State practices as they relate to the assessment of credibility. This report seeks to clarify some key concepts, reference key standards, outline factors that have a bearing on the credibility assessment, and provide some insights into state practices on specific aspects of the credibility assessment. …There is a pressing need for comprehensive and up-to-date guidance on credibility assessment to address the challenges faced by adjudicators in asylum systems. UNHCR has therefore embarked on the review of its own guidance with a view to producing updated guidelines on credibility assessment that reflect recent developments in international refugee law and other relevant areas of law. This report thus does not constitute that updated guidance, although its findings will be taken into account in the guidance’s preparation process.”
A summary version is also available.
Other relevant resources:
Asylum Information Database (ECRE, Forum Réfugiés-Cosi, Irish Refugee Council & Hungarian Helsinki Committee) [access]
– Forthcoming resource that aims to share information on asylum practice in 14 EU Member States.
Asylum Decisions (Immigration Equality, 2013) [access]
– Follow link for table highlighting U.S. precedential and non-precedential cases in the area of LGBT and HIV asylum law.
Asylum Narratives and Credibility Assessments: An Ethnographic Study of the Asylum Appeal Process in Scotland, Dissertation (University of Glasgow, 2012) [text]
“Harming Asylum Seekers’ Chances through Poor Use of Human Rights Treaties,” Forced Migration Review, no. 43 (May 2013) [open access text]
Protection Interrupted: The Dublin Regulation’s Impact on Asylum Seekers’ Protection (JRS Europe, June 2013) [access]
– Follow the link for the full report, an executive summary, a briefing paper, and individual country reports.
“Refugee Status Determination in Hong Kong: A New Era for Legal Aid Providers?,” Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, no. 38 (June 2013) [full-text]
Treating Like Cases Alike in Refugee Law Adjudication: The Troubling Lack of Consistency in Refugee Status Adjudication within and across State Parties to International Refugee Rights Instruments, London, 25 April 2013 [info]
– Materials from this recent seminar are now available; see also related blog post.