Regionalism and Refugee Protection

Refugees, Regionalism, and Responsibility (Edward Elgar, 2016), pp 23-66

Griffith University Law School Research Paper No. 16-13

45 Pages Posted: 8 Sep 2016 Last revised: 5 Oct 2016

Date Written: September 5, 2016


Regional cooperation is sometimes seen as the answer to refugee movements. This book examines whether regional arrangements have resulted in protection and durable solutions for refugees and how responsibility for refugees has been shared at the regional level. It begins by unpacking the concept of regionalism and the way that it has worked historically in refugee law, as well as the ways in which five major regions of the world have, or have not protected refugees. The book then turns to examine why refugee protection is a moral imperative and why and how responsibility for refugee protection should be shared. It examines refugee protection and responsibility-sharing in practice through five regional arrangements. The book concludes by drawing attention to the strengths and weaknesses of these arrangements and advocating for changes to ensure better refugee protection and responsibility-sharing.

Keywords: Refugee Law, Regional Protection, Human Rights

JEL Classification: K33, K37, F50

Suggested Citation

Mathew, Penelope and Harley, Tristan, Regionalism and Refugee Protection (September 5, 2016). Refugees, Regionalism, and Responsibility (Edward Elgar, 2016), pp 23-66, Griffith University Law School Research Paper No. 16-13, Available at SSRN:

Penelope Mathew (Contact Author)

Auckland Law School ( email )

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Auckland Mail Centre
Auckland, 1142
New Zealand

Tristan Harley

Independent ( email )

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