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Human Security and Non-Citizens
Law, Policy and International Affairs


Alice Edwards, Carla Ferstman, Mark Manly, Laura Van Waas, Frances Nicholson, Edwin Odhiambo Abuya, Robert Muggah, Barbara Miltner, Pia Oberoi, Ryszard Cholewinski, Eve Lester, Jane McAdam, Ben Saul, Ryszard Piotrowicz, Craig Forcese, Daniel Moeckli, Vesselina Vandova, Lorna McGregor
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  • Date Published: January 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521513296

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  • The past decades have seen enormous changes in our perceptions of 'security', the causes of insecurity and the measures adopted to address them. Threats of terrorism and the impacts of globalisation and mass migration have shaped our identities, politics and world views. This volume of essays analyses these shifts in thinking and, in particular, critically engages with the concept of 'human security' from legal, international relations and human rights perspectives. Contributors consider the special circumstances of non-citizens, such as refugees, migrants, and displaced and stateless persons, and assess whether, conceptually and practically, 'human security' helps to address the multiple challenges they face.

    • Provides a critical review of the emerging concept of human security within the specific context of displacement, migration and counter-terrorism
    • Interdisciplinary approach to theories of security will appeal to lawyers, international relations scholars and policy makers who wish to understand modern security debates in context
    • Analyses the different contexts of displacement and migration, helping the reader understand the causes and consequences of displacement and migration
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'A very fine set of essays! Many of those writing span both academic and practitioner worlds, making this a particularly valuable and accessible volume.' Professor Gil Loescher, University of Oxford

    'Might a paradigm shift make a positive difference in the lives of non-citizens? Alice Edwards and Carla Ferstman believe that it might. They argue that the emerging concept of 'human security' … should be relied on to 'plug some of the gaps' in the current human rights-based legal framework. Most essays in this wide-ranging collection explore the extent of the 'protection gap' … They expose the risks faced even by refugees subjected to extraterritorial deterrence or left to languish in desperate circumstances. And most pointedly, this book makes clear that the fixation with traditional state-based notions of security over the last decade has made a difficult situation for non-citizens that much worse … The thoughtful essays in this volume launch [a] critical debate in a compelling way.' James C. Hathaway, University of Michigan

    'Human Security and Non-Citizens is a major contribution by international relations scholars, foreign policy advisors and international lawyers to [the] 're-thinking' of notions of security … [and] makes a significant contribution to existing scholarship on the relationship between international law and International Relations through the human security lens. [The book] is an essential addition to the literature on refugees, migrants and citizenship. [T]he editors of this volume must be congratulated for the breadth and depth of the topics covered which is nothing short of impressive.' International Journal of Refugee Law

    'Human Security and Non-Citizens … is meticulous in detailing the ways in which non-citizens fall foul of forms of state protection and security in the early twenty-first century … All chapters are precise, well-informed and well-written; [it] is a service to the policy debate on human security …' Journal of Refugee Studies

    '[Human Security and Non-Citizens] is to be highly recommended both for the depth of research and the interest and relevance of the subject matter … [It] serve[s] to enlighten and inform through considerable attention to documentation and careful historiographical research of the … literature … Given the vast remit of the volume, no article of limited length can do justice to its contents. Suffice to say that this is a vital book to read for lawyers … for academic researchers who wish to gain further insights, and for students who seek a general introduction to the relevant and complex issues that prevail in this new century.' History: Reviews of New Books

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521513296
    • length: 642 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 35 mm
    • weight: 1.02kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Human Security, Human Rights, and Human Dignity:
    1. Humanising non-citizens: the convergence of human rights and human security Alice Edwards and Carla Ferstman
    Part II. Physical and Legal Security, Armed Conflict and Refuge:
    2. The value of the human security framework in addressing statelessness Mark Manly and Laura Van Waas
    3. Protection and empowerment: strategies to strengthen refugees' human security Frances Nicholson
    4. From here to where? Refugees living in protracted situations in Africa Edwin Odhiambo Abuya
    5. Once we were warriors: critical reflections on refugee and IDP militarisation and human security Robert Muggah
    6. Human security and protection from refoulement in the maritime context Barbara Miltner
    Part III. Migration, Development and Environment:
    7. Empowering migrants: human security, human rights, and policy Pia Oberoi
    8. Labour migration management and the rights of migrant workers Ryszard Cholewinski
    9. Socio-economic rights, human security, and survival migrants: whose rights? Whose security? Eve Lester
    10. An insecure climate for human security? Climate-induced displacement and international law Jane McAdam and Ben Saul
    11. Human security and trafficking of human beings: the myth and the reality Ryszard Piotrowicz
    Part IV. National Security and the 'War on Terror':
    12. A distinction with a legal difference: the consequences of non-citizenship in the 'War on Terror' Craig Forcese
    13. Immigration law enforcement after 9/11 and human rights Daniel Moeckli
    14. Protection of non-citizens against removal under international human rights law Vesselina Vandova
    15. The human security framework and counter terrorism: examining the rhetoric relating to 'extraordinary renditions' Carla Ferstman
    16. Legal routes to restoring individual rights at Guantanamo Bay: the effectiveness of Habeas Corpus applications and efforts to obtain diplomatic protection Lorna McGregor.

  • Editors

    Alice Edwards, University of Oxford
    Alice Edwards is Lecturer in International Refugee and Human Rights Law at the Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford University. She has previously worked as a legal adviser to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Amnesty International.

    Carla Ferstman, The Redress Trust, London
    Carla Ferstman is the Director of REDRESS, an international non-governmental organisation which provides legal support to survivors of torture and related crimes. She has worked as a criminal defence lawyer in Canada and written and lectured extensively on international criminal law and human rights.


    Alice Edwards, Carla Ferstman, Mark Manly, Laura Van Waas, Frances Nicholson, Edwin Odhiambo Abuya, Robert Muggah, Barbara Miltner, Pia Oberoi, Ryszard Cholewinski, Eve Lester, Jane McAdam, Ben Saul, Ryszard Piotrowicz, Craig Forcese, Daniel Moeckli, Vesselina Vandova, Lorna McGregor

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