1st Edition

Serious International Crimes, Human Rights, and Forced Migration

Edited By James C. Simeon Copyright 2022
    412 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    412 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume elucidates and explores the interrelationships and direct causal connection between serious international crimes, serious breaches to fundamental human rights, and gross affronts to human dignity that lead to mass forced migration.

    Forced migration most often occurs in the context of protracted armed conflict of a noninternational nature where terrorism, fierce fighting, deep animosity, tit-for-tat retaliation, and “rapid dominance” doctrine all lead to the commission of atrocity crimes. Accordingly, this volume makes a valuable contribution to the literature and to the cause of trying to resolve mass forced displacement at its root cause, to explore the course that it takes, and how it might be prevented. The collection comprises original research by leading legal scholars and jurists focusing on the three central themes of serious international crimes, human rights, and forced migration. The work also includes a Foreword from Sir Howard Morrison, QC, former President of the Appeals Division of the International Criminal Court.

    The book will be a valuable resource for students, academics, researchers, and policymakers working in the areas of international law, migration, human rights, and international criminal law.

    Sir Howard Morrison, QC



    James C. Simeon, "Irreparable Harm: Serious International Crimes, Breaches in Fundamental Human Rights and Human Dignity, and Forced Migration"

    Part 1: Examining the Fundamental Interrelationships with Serious International Crimes, Human Rights and Forced Migration

    Elies van Sliedregt, "International Crimes, International Outlaws and the Interface Between International Criminal Law and International Refugee Law"

    Bostjan Zalar, "Legal Implications of the ‘Presumption of Innocence’ and the Exclusion Clauses in International Protection Cases: the European Law Perspective"

    Brian Goodman, "The ‘Generalized Risk’ Exception in Canadian Refugee Determination"

    James C. Simeon, "Violations of Fundamental Human Rights, Serious International Crimes, and the Prosecution of Those Who Have Been Excluded from Refugee Protection"

    Part 2: Comparative and National Studies of Serious International Crimes, Human Rights, and Forced Migration

    Warda Shazadi Meighen and Steven Blakey, "Inadmissibility on Security-Related Grounds Under Section 34(1)(f ) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act: A Reconsideration"

    Jonathan Porter, "Falling Between the Cracks of Cornerstones: Challenging the Detention of Asylum Seekers on Identity Grounds"

    Peter Billings, "International Crimes, Refugee ‘Prisoner’ Swap Deals and Duplicity in Australia’s Refugee Admissions"

    Hilkka Becker, "The Application of Article 1F of the United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees in International Protection Decision Making in Ireland in the Context of European Union and International Law"

    Stephanie Stobbe, "The European Refugee Crisis and Its Human Rights Impact on Forced Migrants in Greece"

    Part 3: Assessing and Challenging the International Legal Order and Moving Forward

    Joseph Rikhof, "Ethnic Cleansing and Exclusion"

    Sharelle Aitchison and Martin Treadwell, "Staged Interpretation of Article 1F(b) – ‘Serious Non-Political Crime Outside the Country of Refuge Prior to [His or Her] Admission to that Country as a Refugee’ – a Periaktos, Scene Setting Problem?"

    Ghuna Bdiwi, "Forced Displacement as a Crime Against Humanity, Can the Rohingya Criminal Case at the ICC Bring Any Justice to the Syria Refugees?"

    Elspeth Guild, "When Border Control Operations become Crimes Against Humanity"


    James C. Simeon, "Explicating the Interrelationships Between and Among Serious International Crimes, Human Rights and Human Dignity, and Forced Migration"


    James C. Simeon is the head of McLaughlin College and an associate professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA), York University, Toronto, Canada. He is a member-at-large and past president of the Executive of the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies. He also serves as the coordinator of the International Association of Refugee and Migration Judges’ (IARMJ) Inter-Conference Working Party Process. Before joining the faculty at York University he served as the IARMJ’s first executive director, and prior to that he was a member and coordinating member of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB).