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Are Human Rights for Migrants?: Critical Reflections on the Status of Irregular Migrants in Europe and the United States
     

Are Human Rights for Migrants?: Critical Reflections on the Status of Irregular Migrants in Europe and the United States

by Marie-Benedicte Dembour (Editor), Tobias Kelly (Editor)
 

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Human rights seemingly offer universal protection. However, irregular migrants have, at best, only problematic access to human rights. Whether understood as an ethical injunction or legally codified norm, the promised protection of human rights seems to break down when it comes to the lived experience of irregular migrants. This book therefore asks three key

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Human rights seemingly offer universal protection. However, irregular migrants have, at best, only problematic access to human rights. Whether understood as an ethical injunction or legally codified norm, the promised protection of human rights seems to break down when it comes to the lived experience of irregular migrants. This book therefore asks three key questions of great practical and theoretical importance. First, what do we mean when we speak of human rights? Second, is the problematic access of irregular migrants to human rights protection an issue of implementation, or is it due to the inherent characteristics of the concept of human rights?
Third, should we look beyond human rights for an effective source of protection? Written is an accessible style, with a range of socio-legal and doctrinal approaches, the chapters focus on the situation of the irregular migrant in Europe and the United States. Throughout the book, nuanced theoretical debates are put in the context of concrete case studies. The critical reflections it offers on the limitations and possibilities of human rights protections for irregular migrants will be invaluable for students, scholars and practitioners.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415828451
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/13/2013
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)

Meet the Author

Marie-Bénédicte Dembour is Professor of Law and Anthropology at the University of Sussex. She has written extensively on human rights, culture and migration. She is the author of the acclaimed monograph ‘Who Believes in Human Rights: Reflections on the European Convention’ (CUP 2006).

Tobias Kelly currently teaches Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of ‘Law Violence and Sovereignty Amongst West Bank Palestinians’ (CUP, 2006) and ‘This Side of Silence: Human rights, Torture and the Recognition of Cruelty’ (UPenn Press, forthcoming).

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