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Switzerland and the International Protection of Refugees

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ISBN13: 9789041117434
ISBN: 9041117431
Published: March 2002
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers
Format: Hardback
Price: £164.00



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This volume highlights the challenges of the international protection of refugees 50 years after the adoption of the 1951 Geneva Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. Focusing on the problems faced by Switzerland in the field of international protection of refugees as well as on the specificity of its asylum law and practice, this publication addresses the refugee problem from a national, European and international perspective. The Swiss experience serves to illustrate the wider problematic of on the one hand, the tensions between security, political and humanitarian concerns encountered by refugee-receiving states, and on the other, the need to preserve an international refugee protection regime which remains an essential component of international law and relations for so long as political solutions are not brought to the root causes of refugee exodus.;This reflection on the international protection of refugees is organized around four main themes. The first examines Switzerland's response in the past to mass influx, in the light of historical case studies and the evolution of Swiss asylum law and practice.;The second focuses on the question of access of refugees to asylum territories and refugee status determination procedures within the framework of the 1951 Convention on the Status of Refugees and the current Swiss asylum law. The third centres on the wider protection regime currently being forged in Europe to address a broader category of refugees, including solutions for temporary and subsidiary protection. The final theme revolves around return of refugees, including those under the Dayton and recent Kosovo agreements and covers reintegration of returnees, assistance and long-term development. This work is based on papers presented at a colloquium of the Graduate Institute of the International Studies in Geneva which was organised in collaboration with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees as a contribution to the 50th anniversaries of the UNHCR and the Geneva Convention relating to the Status of Refugees.

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Contents:
Introduction; V. Chetail. Keynote Address; E. Feller. I: Switzerland as an Asylum Territory from a Historical Perspective / La Suisse Comme Terre d'Asile du Point de Vue Historique. Asile, droit d'asile, histoire et democratie; M.-C. Caloz-Tschopp. State and Society Facing Mass Migration in Past and Present: The Swiss Experience; G. Kreis. La Suisse et la protection internationale des refugies: de la premiere Guerre mondiale a la Convention de Geneve (1914-1951); M. Perrenoud. Le choix entre l'action humanitaire nationale et la cooperation internationale; A. Fleury. Genese et evolution du droit d'asile en Suisse et de la pratique en la matiere; U. Hadorn. Debate under the chairmanship of / Debats sous la presidence de Andre Liebich. II: Access to Refugee Status Determination Under the New Swiss Asylum Law / Access a la Determination du Statut de Refugie Selon le Nouveau Droit Suisse de l'Asile. Non-State Agents of Persecution; V. Turk. Gender-related persecution; W. Kalin. Evolution et perspectives de la notion de pays tiers sur dans la legislation suisse sur l'asile; M. Gattiker. Les procedures urgentes prevues par la loi du 26 juin 1998 sur l'asile; C. Cotting-Schalch. III: The European Dimension of the International Protection of Refugees / La Dimension Europeenne de la Protection Internationale des Refugies. Institution et integration de la de protection temporaire dans la legislation suisse; J.-D. Gerber. The Individual Refugee, the 1951 Convention, and the Treaty of Amsterdam; G.S. Goodwin-Gill. The Contribution of the European Court of Human Rights to the Development of the International Law on Asylum; L. Caflisch. Debate under the chairmanship of / Debats sous la presidence de Peter Tschopp. IV: Durable Solutions / Solutions Durables. La question des refugies et personnes deplacees de l'ex-Yugoslavie: du HCR au Pacte de stabilite pour l'Europe du Sud-Est; V.-Y. Ghebali. La reintegration des refugies en ex-Yugoslavie; J. Mouchet. Le programme d'aide au retour de la Suisse dans la Province du Kosovo; T. Frisch. Debate under the chairmanships of / Debats sous la presidence de Vera Gowlland-Debbas. Concluding Reflections on the International Protection of Refugees; V. Gowlland-Debbas.