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Degrees BA: BA(Hons), University of Waterloo, Canada
PhD Research Information
Brief description:The non-refoulement principle is the cornerstone of international refugee law protection. It safeguards the right of the asylum claimants and refugees from being sent back to territories where their lives or freedom would be threatened. The trend towards erosion of the principle has taken place especially through States’ disregard for, and curtailment of, the human rights of asylum claimants and refugees. These instances of violation of human rights included the use of safe third country concepts and Dublin transfers to, on the one hand, deter claimants from entering territory to access asylum, and on the other, shift the responsibility to process asylum applications elsewhere.
Methodology:Using a doctrinal approach, my thesis undertakes a comparative analysis of how the United Kingdom (UK) and Germany address the international legal principle of non-refoulement in their legislation, regulations and jurisprudence concerning asylum seekers. I focus upon the UK and Germany because they are two of the largest asylum-receiving countries in the European Union (EU) during the time period under consideration. As such, their practices with respect to non-refoulement affect large numbers of asylum applicants and also likely influence how other countries interpret the non-refoulement obligation. I focus upon the doctrine of non-refoulement in the EU asylum regime because it has been largely understudied and under-theorized in legal literature.
Keywords: Common European Asylum System, European asylum law, european union, non-refoulement, responsibility sharing, Global Distributive Justice
Language(s) of writing: English
Additional information:Jenny Poon is a Ph.D. candidate at the Faculty of Law of the University of Western Ontario, a Barrister & Solicitor in Ontario, and a Senior Fellow at the Canadian International Council. Jenny was a Visiting Fellow at the Refugee Studies Centre of the University of Oxford, a former Visiting Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, and was the recipient of the American Society of International Law International Refugee Law Essay Award and the EU Studies Association Haas Fund Fellowship. Jenny’s research examines non-refoulement as a norm in international and European law through a comparative analysis of United Kingdom and Germany. Jenny’s research interests include international refugee law, EU asylum law, migration control and human rights. Professor Valerie Oosterveld is her thesis supervisor.