Internal Displacement

Conceptualization and its Consequences

By Thomas G. Weiss, David A. Korn

© 2005 – Routledge

190 pages

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About the Book

This new volume traces the normative, legal, institutional, and political responses to the challenges of assisting and protecting internally displaced persons (IDPs).

The crisis of IDPs was first confronted in the 1980s, and the problems of those suffering from this type of forced migration has grown continually since then. Drawing on official and confidential documents as well as interviews with leading personalities, Internal Displacement provides an unparalleled analysis of this important issue and includes:

  • an exploration of the phenomenon of internal displacement and of policy research about it
  • a review of efforts to increase awareness about the plight of IDPs and the development of a legal framework to protect them
  • a 'behind-the-scenes' look at the creation and evolution of the mandate of the Representative of the Secretary-General on IDPs
  • a variety of case studies illustrating the difficulties in overcoming the operational shortcomings within the UN system
  • a foreword by former UN high commissioner for refugees, Sadako Ogata.

Internal Displacement will appeal to students and scholars with interests in war and peace, forced migration, human rights and global governance.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Putting the Issue on the Map 2. Shaping the Mandate in the Early Years, 1992-1993 3. Creating the Project on Internal Displacement and Improving the Knowledge Base and Awareness, 1993-1998 4. Giving Birth to the Guiding Principles, 1993-1998 5. Laying Institutional Foundations, 1993-1998 6. Evolution of the Concept and Project, 1999-2005 7. Evolution of the Law and Institutions, 1999-2005 8. Whither and Whether, Inside-Outsiders or Outside-Insiders?

About the Series

Global Institutions

The "Global Institutions Series" is edited by Thomas G. Weiss (The CUNY Graduate Center, New York, USA) and Rorden Wilkinson (University of Sussex, UK).

The Series has three "streams" identified by one of three cover colors:

  • Blue covers offer comprehensive, accessible, and informative guides to the history, structure, and activities of key international organizations, and introductions to topics of key importance in contemporary global governance. Recognized experts use a similar structure to address the general purpose and rationale for specific organizations along with historical developments, membership, structure, decision-making procedures, key functions, and an annotated bibliography and guide to electronic sources.
  • Red covers consist of research monographs and edited collections that advance knowledge about one aspect of global governance; they reflect a wide variety of intellectual orientations, theoretical persuasions, and methodological approaches.
  • Green covers will soon offer one-stop accounts for the major theoretical approaches to global governance and international organization.

Together these streams provide a coherent and complementary portrait of the problems, prospects, and possibilities confronting global institutions today.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
POL010000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
POL011000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General