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Refugee Repatriation
Justice, Responsibility and Redress

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  • Date Published: November 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107699557

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  • Voluntary repatriation is now the predominant solution to refugee crises, yet the responsibilities states of origin bear towards their repatriating citizens are under-examined. Through a combination of legal and moral analysis and case studies of the troubled repatriation movements to Guatemala, Bosnia and Mozambique, Megan Bradley develops and refines an original account of the minimum conditions of a 'just return' process. The goal of a just return process must be to recast a new relationship of rights and duties between the state and its returning citizens, and the conditions of just return match the core duties states should provide for all their citizens: equal, effective protection for security and basic human rights, including accountability for violations of these rights. This volume evaluates the ways in which different forms of redress such as restitution and compensation may help enable just returns, and traces the emergence and evolution of international norms on redress for refugees.

    • Brings together legal, moral and political analysis to propose a new theory of just return processes and state responsibility for resolving displacement
    • Links debates on refugees/displacement, reparations politics/transitional justice, human rights and peacebuilding
    • Uses four case studies on Guatemala, Bosnia, Mozambique and Palestine to problematise theory in light of challenges faced in practice
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "In this remarkable book, Megan Bradley brilliantly unlocks one of the greatest challenges in the politics of refugee protection: the conditions for a just return. She does so by integrating nuanced normative analysis with in-depth and highly readable historical cases, attaining both academic excellence and must-read policy relevance." - Alexander Betts, University Lecturer in Refugee Studies and Forced Migration, University of Oxford

    "This is the most important book on refugee repatriation in the last decade. Megan Bradley’s argument for more just return for refugees, made on both a moral and legal basis, and illustrated with detailed case studies from around the world, is likely significantly to transform international norms and practice, as well as revitalize research on repatriation." - Dr Khalid Koser, Academic Dean and Deputy Director, Geneva Centre for Security Policy

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107699557
    • length: 308 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Foundations of State Responsibility and Just Return:
    1. Forced migration and the responsibilities of states: moral and legal perspectives
    2. The conditions of just return: a minimum account
    3. The tools of repair: redress for returning refugees
    Part II. Historical Experiences of Return and Redress:
    4. Return and redress in Guatemala
    5. Return and redress in Bosnia and Herzegovina
    6. Return and redress in Mozambique
    7. Analysis of case studies
    Part III. Beyond Repair? Grappling with Hard Cases:
    8. Just return and the Palestinian refugees

  • Author

    Megan Bradley, St Paul University, Ottawa
    Megan Bradley is an Assistant Professor in Conflict Studies at Saint Paul University and a Fellow in the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution. She holds a doctorate in international relations from St Antony's College, University of Oxford. Her research on forced migration, transitional justice, peacebuilding and development has appeared in edited collections and journals including the Journal of Refugee Studies, the Refugee Survey Quarterly, the International Journal of Political Theory and Development in Practice. Dr Bradley is the recipient of multiple grants and awards including the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) Dissertation Prize, and a three-year research grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She has worked with a range of organisations concerned with humanitarian, human rights and development issues including the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Development Research Centre and the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

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