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On the Right of Exclusion

Law, Ethics and Immigration Policy, 1st Edition

By Bas Schotel


232 pages

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On the Right of Exclusion: Law, Ethics and Immigration Policy addresses Western immigration policies regarding so-called `normal migrants�, i.e. migrants without a legal right to admission. The book argues that if authorities cannot substantially justify the exclusion of a normal migrant, the latter should be admitted. By contrast, today authorities still believe they may deny normal migrants admission to the territory without giving them proper justification. Bas Schotel challenges this state of affairs and calls for a reversal of the default position in admission laws. The justification should, he argues, involve a serious accounting for the interests and reasons applicable to the normal migrant seeking admission. Furthermore, the first burden of justification should lie with the authorities. To build this case, the book makes three types of argument: legal, ethical and institutional. The legal argument shows that there are no grounds in either sovereignty or the structure of law for current admission practices. Whilst this legal argument accounts for a duty to justify exclusion, the ethical argument shows why the authorities should carry the first burden of justification. Finally, the institutional argument explores how this new position might be implemented. An original, yet practical, undermining of the logic that underlies current immigration laws, On the Right of Exclusion: Law, Ethics and Immigration Policy will be essential reading for those with intellectual, political and policy interests in this area.


‘In short, this book, that reads easily, is a must for all those who are not only concerned with the fate of normal migrants, but also with the respect of legality and the rule of law' - Andrew Crosby European Journal of Migration and Law (2012)

'By relying not on the usual sources of international legal authority and legitimacy, but rather on a theoretical analysis of the fundamental structure of law, this book makes a unique and substantial contribution to the literature on migration law' - James Nafziger for European Journal of International Law (2013)

Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I: A legal problem: exclusion without justification; Part II: Exclusion and standard prerogatives of sovereignty; Part III:The Exclusion Thesis; Part IV: Orders without Borders. Refuting the Exclusion Thesis; Part V; Inclusion for the sake of Exclusion: the Authority of Immigration Laws; Part VI; The First Burden of Justification; Part VII; Institutional Proposal: Testing the Proportionality of Exclusion; Conclusion

About the Author

Bas Schotel is Assistant Professor of Legal Theory at the University of Amsterdam. The book is based on a Ph.D. thesis sponsored by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Civil Rights
LAW / Emigration & Immigration
LAW / Jurisprudence
LAW / Discrimination
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Civics & Citizenship