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Jean-François Durieux

Research Associate, RSC and International Institute of Humanitarian Law, San Remo, Italy


Jean-François Durieux is a graduate of Facultés Universitaires St-Louis in Brussels, Belgium, and obtained a Law Degree from the Catholic University of Louvain. He has taught international law at the Refugee Studies Centre (Oxford) 2007-2009, and again 2011-2012. In 2011 Mr Durieux completed a 30-year career with UNHCR, during which he served in Africa, Asia, North America and Latin America, as well as at UNHCR Headquarters in Geneva, notably in the Division of International Protection and in the Regional Bureau for Europe. His last position in the organisation was that of Director in the Division of Programme Support and Management.  Mr Durieux’s research in the 1990's was mainly policy-oriented and “operational”, addressing the protection challenges faced by UNHCR in the regions in which he worked, and at the global level. In recent years, his research interest has focused on legal responses to mass influxes of refugees, including a comparison of African and European regimes and a reflection on the legal implications of refugee emergencies and protracted refugee situations. He has organised seminars and short courses on statelessness and on the cross-fertilisation of refugee law, human rights law, and international humanitarian law. He has recently co-edited, with Dr David Cantor, a book based on the presentations and discussions in the February 2013 conference ‘Refuge from Inhumanity’, which the RSC  co-hosted in Oxford.  He is currently Director of the International Refugee Law and Migration Law programme of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law, based in Sanremo (Italy). He is also contributing, both as a module convenor and as a tutor, to the distance-taught MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies of the University of London, under the auspices of the Refugee Law Initiative.

Publications since 2000:

Edited volume

Cantor, D.J. and Durieux, J-F. (eds) Refuge from Inhumanity? War Refugees and International Humanitarian Law, Brill/Nijhoff, 2014.

Articles and chapters

(2016 forthcoming) The duty to rescue refugees, IJRL Special Issue to celebrate the scholarship of Prof. Guy S. Goodwin-Gill.

with Rodriguez Serna, N. (2015) Los desplazados como victimas del crimen organizado: una mirada comparativa a México y Colombia, in D.J.Cantor and N.Rodriguez Serna (eds), Los Nuevos Desplazados: Crimen y Desplazamiento en América Latina, ILAS/University of London.

(2015) Temporary Protection: Hovering at the Edges of Refugee Law. Netherlands Yearbook of International Law 2014: Between Pragmatism and Predictability: Temporariness in International Law, 221-253.

(2013) Three asylum paradigms. International Journal on Minority and Group Rights, 20(2), 147-177.

(2013) The Vanishing Refugee: How EU asylum law blurs the specificity of refugee protection, in H.Lambert, J. McAdam and M.Fullerton (eds), The Global Reach of European Refugee Law, CUP.

(2012) Of war, flaws, laws, and flows: a reply to Hugo Storey. Refugee Survey Quarterly 31(3), 137-160.

(2009) A regime at a loss ? Forced Migration Review 33, 60-62.

(2009) Protection where? - or when?: First asylum, deflection policies and the significance of time. International Journal of Refugee Law, 21 (1), 75-80.

(2008) Salah Sheekh is a refugee: new insights into primary and subsidiary forms of protection. Oxford: Refugee Studies Centre. Working Paper Series, 49.

(2008) The many faces of “prima facie”: group-based evidence in refugee status determination. Refuge, 25 (2).

with Betts, A. (2007) Convention plus as a norm-setting exercise. Journal of Refugee Studies, 20 (3), 509–535.

with Hurwitz, A. (2004) How many is too many? African and European legal responses to mass influxes of refugees.German Yearbook of International Law, 47, 105.

with McAdam, J. (2004) Non-refoulement through time: the case for a derogation clause to the refugee convention in mass influx emergencies. International Journal of Refugee Law, 16 (1).

with Kelley, N. (2004) UNHCR and current challenges in international refugee protection. Refuge, 22 (1), 6–17.

(2000) Preserving the civilian character of refugee camps: lessons learned from the Kigoma Programme in Tanzania. Track Two, 9(2), 25-35.

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