Rethinking the Origins of ‘Persecution’ in Refugee Law


Jane McAdam, member of this Interest Group and Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the University of New South Wales, Australia, wrote an article for the International Journal of Refugee Law on the origins of the concept of ‘persecution’ in international refugee law, thus changing the way the history of the refugee definition has been conventionally understood in refugee law scholarship. It suggests that the concept of persecution, which in legal terms has come to be viewed as a mid-twentieth century characterisation of the refugee, was in fact implicit in all the international legal instruments concerning refugees developed from the 1920s onwards.

The article can be found here

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