1st Edition

Gender in Refugee Law From the Margins to the Centre

Edited By Efrat Arbel, Catherine Dauvergne, Jenni Millbank Copyright 2014
    318 Pages
    by Routledge

    306 Pages
    by Routledge

    Questions of gender have strongly influenced the development of international refugee law over the last few decades. This volume assesses the progress toward appropriate recognition of gender-related persecution in refugee law. It documents the advances made following intense advocacy around the world in the 1990s, and evaluates the extent to which gender has been successfully integrated into refugee law.

    Evaluating the research and advocacy agendas for gender in refugee law ten years beyond the 2002 UNHCR Gender Guidelines, the book investigates the current status of gender in refugee law. It examines gender-related persecution claims of both women and men, including those based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and explores how the development of an anti-refugee agenda in many Western states exponentially increases vulnerability for refugees making gendered claims. The volume includes contributions from scholars and members of the advocacy community that allow the book to examine conceptual and doctrinal themes arising at the intersection of gender and refugee law, and specific case studies across major Western refugee-receiving nations. The book will be of great interest and value to researchers and students of asylum and immigration law, international politics, and gender studies.

    1. Introduction: Gender in Refugee Law: From the Margins to the Centre, Efrat Arbel, Catherine Dauvergne and Jenni Millbank  2. Why We Are Not There Yet: The Particular Challenge of ‘Particular Social Group’, Michelle Foster  3. Legal Change from the Bottom Up: The Development of Gender Asylum Jurisprudence in the United States, Deborah E. Anker  4. A Tale of Two Women: The Claims for Asylum of Fauziya Kassindja, who Fled FGC, and Rody Alvarado, a Survivor of Partner (Domestic) Violence, Karen Musalo  5. Falling at Each Hurdle: Assessing the Credibility of Women’s Asylum Claims in Europe, Debora Singer  6. Psychological Barriers to Fair Refugee Status Determination Related to Our Understanding and Expression of Gender, Jane Herlihy  7. Lesbians and UK Asylum Law: Evidence and Existence, Claire Bennett  8. Where Are the Women?  9. Human Trafficking and Refugee Women, Susan Kneebone  10. Women Fleeing Armed Conflict: Seeking International Protection in the United Kingdom, Christel Querton  11. Training and Strategic Litigation: Tools for Enhanced Protection of Gender-Related Asylum Applicants in Europe, Maria Hennessy 12. Gendered Border Crossings, Efrat Arbel  13. Evaluating Canada’s Approach to Gender-Related Persecution: Revisiting and Re-embracing ‘Refugee Women and the Imperative of Categories’, Shauna Labman and Catherine Dauvergne


    Efrat Arbel  is Assistant Professor of Law at the University of British Columbia. She works in the areas of constitutional law, refugee law, Aboriginal law, and prison law, in Canada and the United States.

    Catherine Dauvergne    is Professor of Law at the University of British Columbia. She works in the areas of immigration and refugee laws, in Canada and around the world.

    Jenni Millbank  is Professor of Law at University of Technology, Sydney. Her socio-legal scholarship is broadly concerned with gender and sexuality and takes place across a number of sites including: family, relationship, reproduction and refugee law.

    "Overall, due to its inter-disciplinarity, Gender in Refugee Law is very accessible to a diverse readership. As the book discusses past developments as well as the current state of gender in refugee law, it is very informative for people new to, as well as those already familiar with, the topic". - Hannah Baumeister, Aberystwyth University for International Journal of Refugee Law (2014, Vol. 26, No. 4, 716–729)

    "In order to dissolve the aforementioned dichotomy underlying the mainstream discourse about refugees, the ‘refugee producing countries’ must be given a voice in future studies, academic publications and advocacy situations. Gender in Refugee Law constitutes a milestone in this process, as it paves the way to further advances in refugee law – such as a study examining on the one hand how refugees find out about the asylum claim process, and on the other how governments and society view refugees (pp. 171-2). For this reason, scholars in anthropology and other social sciences, whose work is critical in the investigation of this issue, would find this book of particular interest in their endeavours. It not only shows how gender has been pushed from the centre to the margins of refugee law, but more importantly, it successfully proves the urgency of bringing it back to its former place." - Gabriela Rădulescu, Allegra Lab: Anthropology, Law, Art & World