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Closing Protection Gaps

HANDBOOK on Protection of Palestinian Refugees in States Signatories to the 1951 Refugee Convention
By BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency & Refugee Rights

"None of the participants in the drafting sessions then taking place would likely have predicted that, over 50 years later, Palestinians would still be without a solution, or that their entitlement to protection would continue to be disputed, or that a Handbook such as this would need to be published.”

(Prof. Guy S. Goodwin-Gill, University of Oxford)

The Handbook was first presented to the public at the 2005 annual UNHCR NGO Consultations held in Geneva in September. It is intended to serve as a practical guide for refugee experts, lawyers, judges, UNHCR offices, national authorities, NGOs and others who are involved in asylum claims submitted by Palestinian refugees.

The Handbook addresses problems and protection gaps facing Palestinian refugees who seek protection under the 1951 Refugee Convention and/or the 1954 Stateless Convention in third countries outside the Arab world. It aims to strengthen implementation of legal protection standards applicable to Palestinian refugees, in particular the rights embodied in Article 1D of the 1951 Refugee Convention.

The first two chapters of the Handbook provide background information about Palestnian refugees set up by the United Nations for protection and assistance to this refugee population, i.e. United Nations Conciliation Commission for Palestine (UNCCP), United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Chapters Three and Four focus on the identification and interpretation of relevant international instruments and protection standards (1951 Refugee Convention, including Article 1D, and 1954 Stateless Convention). Chapers Five and Six provide findings and conclusions of comparative research on national practices with regard to protection of Palestinian refugees in 23 non-Arab countries signatories to these instruments. A set of BADIL recommendations for bridging the current protection gaps and improving protection afforded to Palestinian refugees is presented in Chapter Seven.

Findings are based on comparative research conducted in 23 countries. Research was led by Elna Sondergaard, BADIL legal consultant, in 2003 – 2004. UNWRA and UNHCR, refugee laywers, and national immigration/asylum authorities worldwide provided valuable input. The preface was contributed by Prof. Guy S. Goodwin-Gill, University of Oxford.

English, 488 pages
August 2005
ISBN: 9950-339-00-6


The Handbook is avaible for Euro 12 (or equivalent in other currency) + shipping fees. Please process your order via the internet:  www.badil.org

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Mark Symes and Peter Jorro
Published by LexisNexis UK 2003

Copies available from Lexis Nexis (www.lexisnexis.co.uk) at £115.

ISBN 0 0406 98378 X

Click here to read the article from Geoffrey Care about this publication



The United Kingdom’s Interpretation
in the light of the International Authorities

Written by Mark Symes, Legal Officer at the Refugee Legal Centre ;
Published by the Refugee Legal Centre, London, UK;
Recommended by UNHCR, London Office


A 344 page guide to English law’s position on the Refugee Convention, in the context of decisions from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, with a Preface by Professor Guy Goodwin-Gill.

Professor James Hathaway:

".. an extraordinary resource for the harried practitioner looking for that ‘magic quotation’ from the perfect refugee law precedent ... in one place much of the best judicial thinking on refugee law from throughout the common law world."

Professor Guy Goodwin-Gill:

"... a major contribution to understanding the challenges faced by decision-makers as they attempt to relate the refugee definition to the reality of the refugee in the modern world."

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, London:

"UNHCR recommends this work to those interested in how the judicial process responds to the continuing plight of refugees. It should not be confined to legal practitioners as the facts behind the caselaw vividly illustrate the individual human drama borne by every individual refugee in the world today."

Rick Scannell, Chair of the UK Immigration Lawyers’ Practitioners Association:

"... an invaluable tool for refugee lawyers ... The book will dramatically reduce ‘research time’ and its value will be immense to all engaged in refugee law. This is an excellent book which I recommend unreservedly. Buy it!"


Price in £ Sterling (including postage and packing)
European Union Customers £41-00
UK Customers £40-00
Australian & New Zealand £45-00
US/Canada £44-00

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the Refugee Legal Centre, Sussex House, 39-45 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XF, United Kingdom,
or faxed to us on +44 (0) 207-378 1979).
The publication can only be despatched on receipt of payment. Please allow 28 days for delivery.

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'Asylum Practise and Procedure -
Country-by-Country Handbook'

Compiled by Professor Rebecca Wallace,
Head of Department of Law, Napier University, Edinburgh;
Adèle Brown, Research Assistant, Napier University, Edinburgh.

The essential guide for any legal practitioner, whether judge, adjudicator or lawyer to the practise and procedure of asylum law in twenty countries across the world.

The countries covered by this unique publication include:
New Zealand
United Kingdom

Each Chapter looks at:

  • The Nature of the relevant legal system and legislation governing asylum determinations

  • Who, for the purposes of the legislation, constitutes an asylum seeker

  • Access to asylum procedures

  • Manifestly ill-founded cases

  • Detention

  • Civil and political rights

  • The decision

  • Legal systems

  • Interpreters

  • Rights of appeal or review

  • Guidelines for particular vulnerable groups

  • Participation of non-governmental organisations in the asylum determination procedure

  • Training of adjudicators and appellate judges

  • Re-admission agreements

Price: £ 25 (or 35 euros) per copy
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Trenton Publishing
31 Agincourt Road
London NW3 2PA
United Kingdom

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