Legal Aid and Advocacy Useful Resources

 IMG 3807Legal aid Resources:


1. Treaties and Declarations


2. UN key Documents


3. Reports, policy papers, research papers, toolkits


4. Useful links



1. Treaties and Declarations

The Convention defines who is a refugee, sets out refugee rights and the legal obligations of states. It focuses on individualised persecution and does not recognise situations of generalized violence such as wars or natural disasters as legitimate causes of flight. The Convention does not make  any direct reference to the concept of asylum; lawful admission, and the conditions under which it is granted, remains under the discretion of States.


2. UN key Documents

This Handbook is intended to provide legal interpretative guidance for governments, legal practitioners, decision makers and the judiciary, as well as UNHCR staff carrying out refugee status determination under its mandate.

Compilation of Conclusions adopted by the Executive Committee on  the International protection of Refugees

The Handbook aims to inform parliamentarians about the founding principles and challenges of international refugee law and also to mobilise them, as policy makers, in the implementation of the law for securing adequate protection of refugees. Parliamentarians should take the lead in promoting respect and tolerance for refugees and in encouraging local populations to see refugees not only as people needing and deserving international protection, but also as persons who can benefit host communities.

Series of legal research and protection policy papers produced by various legal advisors


3. Reports, policy papers, research papers, articles

This report aims to highlight key issues and concerns related to refugee protection in Southeast Asia by outlining three refugee case studies -the Rohingya, Khmer Krom, and Lao Hmong – that reveal the lack of refugee protection mechanisms in several  ASEAN countries. The report considers ASEAN’s recent responses to refugee problems and urges the bloc to affirm refugee rights and strengthen protection throughout the region. Recommendations for developing a regional refugee protection framework are offered to ASEAN.

The World Refugee Survey provides an evaluation of individual country’s performance on: (1) Refoulementand Physical Protection; (2) Detention and Access to Courts; (3) Freedom of Movement and Residence; (4) Right to Earn a Livelihood; and, (5) Public Relief and Education.

 In 2010, Asylum Access  began developing the Refugee Rights Toolkit to enable refugee rights advocates to replicate Asylum Access’s model in any country in the world.

4. Useful links

References on refugee law & policy, and country of origin information

The reader is a comprehensive online model curriculum for the study of the  rapidly evolving field of international refugee law. It offers access to the complete texts of up-to-date core legal materials, instruments and academic commentary. The reader is aimed for the use of professors, lawyers, advocates and students across a wide range of national jurisdictions. It provides a flexible course structure that can be easily adapted to meet various training and resource needs. The fourth section focuses on the challenges to refugee protection in Asia . This section examines national legislation and case law developed in states parties to the 1951 Convention (Cambodia, China, Japan, Philippines, and South Korea)  and  addresses the protection concerns that arise in states that are not signatories  to the 1951 Convention (Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Thailand).

The Fahamu Refugee Programme works to achieve better protection of refugee rights by networking legal assistance providers with resources and training, and facilitating access to free legal assistance and information for refugees around the world. 

Indipendent portal for discussing the challenges involved in UNHCR RSD.

The journal aims to stimulate research and thinking on the protection of refugees and other displaced persons in international law, taking account of the broadest range of State and international organisation practice. Inaddition, it serves as an essential tool for all engaged in the protection of refugees and other displaced persons and finding solutions to their problems.

The Refugee Survey Quarterly is a peer-reviewed journal focusing on the challenges of forced migration from multidisciplinary and policy-oriented perspectives.

The journal provides a forum for exploration of the complex problems of forced migration and national, regional and international responses.

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