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refugees and migrants disembarking from the SOS Mediterranee ship in Catania, Sicily © UNHCR/Iosto Ibba
Refugees and migrants arrive in Catania, Sicily, after being rescued at sea

Oxford University Press has commissioned the Oxford Handbook of International Refugee Law, which is due to be published in 2021. The Handbook will explore this dynamic and ever-challenging area of international law, drawing together leading scholars from across the globe to undertake a critical analysis, seeking to define the field and set the agenda for the next phase of research. In particular, the Handbook will balance coverage of traditional core topics in refugee law, such as who is a refugee and the protection refugees are entitled to, with contemporary concerns around states’ increasing tendency to turn refugees away, siphon refugees into weak or informal forms of protection, and shift responsibility for refugees elsewhere. It will also examine intersections between refugee law and other domains of international law, including the rights of the child; the law on trafficking and people smuggling; and human rights and other norms pertaining to migration and migrants.

The collaboration on the Handbook is supported by the research partnership between Professors Foster and Costello funded by the MLS-Oxford Myers fund, and by the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW Sydney.

The team

  • Cathryn Costello
    Cathryn Costello

    Andrew W Mellon Professor of International Refugee and Migration Law / Professor of Fundamental Rights and Co-Director, Centre for Fundamental Rights, Hertie School, Berlin

  • Jane McAdam
    Jane McAdam

    Scientia Professor of Law, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales

  • Michelle Foster
    Michelle Foster

    Professor and Director, Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness, Melbourne Law School

Handbook Workshop

workshop on the Handbook was held at All Souls College, Oxford, in July 2019, bringing together an outstanding group of scholars from across the globe. 

Selected publications