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Mr. Vincent Chetail

Mr. Vincent Chetail
Professor of International Law
Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

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International Migration Law
The Sources of International Migration Law
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The Principle of Non-refoulement in International Law
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International Migration Law
The Sources of International Migration Law
A. Legal Instruments
Charter of the United Nations and Statute of the International Court of Justice, San Francisco, 26 June 1945.

Universal Declaration on Human Rights, Paris, 10 December 1948.

Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, Geneva, 12 August 1949, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 75, p. 287.

Convention concerning Migration for Employment (Revised), Geneva, 1 July 1949.

Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, Rome, 4 November 1950, United Nations, Treaty Seriesvol. 213, p. 221.

Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, Geneva, 28 July 1951, United Nations,  Treaty Series , vol. 189, p. 137.

European Social Charter, Turin, 18 October 1961.

Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, Vienna, 24 April 1963, United Nations Treaty Series, vol. 596, p. 261.

International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, New York, 7 March 1966, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol.  660, p. 195.

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, New York, 16 December 1966, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 999, p. 171.

Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees, New York, 31 January 1967, United Nations,  Treaty Series, vol. 606, p. 267.

Convention concerning Migrations in Abusive Conditions and the Promotion of Equality of Opportunity and Treatment of Migrant Workers, Geneva, 24 June 1975.

Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the protection of victims of international armed conflicts (Protocol I), Geneva 7 December 1978, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 1125, p. 3.

African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights, Nairobi, 27 June 1981, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 1520, p. 217.

Convention on the Rights of the Child, New York, 20 November 1989, United Nations,  Treaty Series , vol. 1577, p. 3.

International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families, New York, 18 December 1990, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 2220, p. 3.

Treaty on European Union, Maastricht, 7 February 1992, Official Journal of the European Communities, C 191, vol. 35, p. 4.

General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, Geneva, 30 October 1947, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 55, p. 187.

Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, New York, 15 November 2000, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 2241, p. 507.

Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, New York, 15 November 2000, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 2237, p. 319.

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, New York, 13 December 2006, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 2515, p. 3.

Convention concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers, Geneva, 16 June 2011.

B. Doctrine
A. Aleinikoff and V. Chetail (eds), Migration and International Legal Norms, T.M.C. Asser Press, The Hague, 2003.

V. Chetail, International Migration Law, Oxford University Press, Oxford (forthcoming).

V. Chetail and C. Bauloz (eds), Research Handbook on International Law and Migration, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham - Northhampton, 2014.

V. Chetail (ed.), Mondialisation, migration et droits de l’homme: le droit international en question / Globalisation, Migration and Human Rights: International Law under Review, Bruylant, Brussels, 2007.

R. Cholewinski, Migrant Workers in International Human Rights Law: Their Protection in Countries of Employment, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1997.

R. Cholewinski, P. de Guchteneire and A. Pécoud (eds.), Migration and Human Rights: The United Nations Convention on Migrant Workers’ Rights, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2009.

R. Cholewinski, R. Perruchoud and E. MacDonald (eds.), International Migration Law. Developing Paradigms and Key Challenges, T.M.C. Asser Press, The Hague, 2007.

C. Dauvergne, Making People Illegal. What Globalization Means for Migration and Law, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge/New York, 2009.

S.S. Juss, International Migration and Global Justice, Ashgate, 2006.

B. Opeskin, R. Perruchoud and J. Redpath-Cross (eds.), Foundations of International Migration Law, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2013.

D.S. Weissbrodt, The Human Rights of Non-citizens, Oxford University Press, Oxford/New York, 2008. 


The Principle of Non-refoulement in International Law
A. Legal Instruments
Convention Relating to the International Status of Refugees, League of Nations, Geneva, 28 October 1933, Treaty Series, vol. 159, p. 200.

Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, Geneva, 12 August 1949, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 75, p. 287.

Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, Rome, 4 November 1950, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 213, p. 221.

Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, Geneva, 28 July 1951, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 189, p. 137.

Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees, New York, 31 January 1967, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 606, p. 267.

American Convention on Human Rights, San José, 22 November 1969, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 1144, p. 144.

Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, New York, 10 December 1984, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 1465, p. 85.

Inter-American Convention to Prevent and Punish Torture, Cartagena de Indias, 9 December 1985.

Declaration of States Parties to the 1951 Convention and/or its 1967 Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees, Geneva, 13 December 2001.

International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, New York, 20 December 2006, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 2715.

African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Nairobi, 27 June 1981, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 1520, p. 217.

Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Establishment of an African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Ouagadougou, 9 June 1998.

B. Jurisprudence
European Court of Human Rights, Chahal v. the United Kingdom (just satisfaction)[GC], no. 22414/93, ECHR 1996-V.

United Nations Committee Against Torture, Gorki Ernesto Tapia Páez v. Sweden, Communication No 39/1996, 28 April 1997, Selected Decisions of the Committee Against Torture, 2008, vol. I, p 31.

European Court of Human Rights, Soering v. the United Kingdom (just satisfaction), no. 14038/88, ECHR A161.

C. Documents
D. Doctrine
A. Aleinikoff and V. Chetail (eds.), Migration and International Legal Norms, T.M.C. Asser Press, The Hague, 2003.

V. Chetail, International Migration Law, Oxford University Press, Oxford, (forthcoming).

V. Chetail & C. Bauloz (eds.), Research Handbook on International Law and Migration, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham – Northhampton, 2014.

V. Chetail (ed.), Mondialisation, migration et droits de l’homme: le droit international en question / Globalisation, Migration and Human Rights: International Law under Review, Bruylant, Brussels, 2007.

E. Feller, V. Türk and F. Nicholson (eds.), Refugee Protection in International Law, UNHCR's Global Consultations on International Protection, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2003.

T. Gammeltoft-Hansen, Access to Asylum: International Refugee Law and the Globalization of Migration Control, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge/New York, 2011.

G. S. Goodwin-Gill and J. McAdam, The Refugee in International Law, 3rd ed., Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2007. 

J. C. Hathaway, The Rights of Refugees under International Law, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2005.

C. W. Wouters, International Legal Standards for the Protection from Refoulement: A Legal Analysis of the Prohibition on Refoulement Contained in the Refugee Convention, the European Convention on Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Covenant against Torture, Intersentia, Antwerp/Oxford/Portland, 2009.

A. Zimmermann, J. Dörschner and F. Machts (eds), The 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and its Protocol: A Commentary, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2011.