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Persecution, International Refugee Law and Refugees
A Feminist Approach

ISBN 9780367893507
Published July 29, 2020 by Routledge
156 Pages

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Book Description

This book explores the ambit of the notion of persecution in international law and its relevance in the current geopolitical context, more specifically for refugee women.

The work analyses different models for interpreting the notion of persecution in international refugee law through a comparative lens. In particular, a feminist approach to refugee law is adopted to determine to what extent the notion of persecution can apply to gender related forms of violence and what are the challenges in doing so. It proposes an interpretive model that would encourage decision makers to interpret the notion of persecution in a manner that is sufficiently protective and relevant to the profiles of refugees in the 21st century, most particularly to refugee women.

The book will be of interest to academics and students in the field of public international law, international human rights law, international humanitarian law, immigration law, European law, and refugee law as well as those working in the areas of international relations.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: The Notion of Persecution: Historical Background and Interpretive Challenges in the 21st Century;

Chapter 2: Developing a Framework for Interpreting the Notion of Persecution: An Assessment of the Basic Human Rights Model;

Chapter 3: Alternative Proposals To The Basic Human Rights Approach For Interpreting The Notion Of Persecution;

Chapter 4: Interpreting Persecution In The Context Of Harm Faced By Refugee Women Related Violence;


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Mathilde Crépin has been working in different operations for the UNHCR since 2010, in Turkey, Thailand and Malaysia. She is  currently working as a consultant for the UNHCR, based in Paris, France.