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Feb. 5, 2001

Refugee Caselaw Site, 

The University of Michigan Law School established this site "to promote transnational analysis of refugee law by advocates, decision-makers, and policymakers committed to the effective implementation of international standards." The website provides the text of approximately 400 court opinions from Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, New Zealand,
Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

The opinions are indexed by

  • case name
  • claimant's country of origin
  • date of decision
  • jurisdiction
  • Hathaway Number

The last indexing option corresponds to chapter numbers in James Hathaway's Law of Refugee Status (KE4454.H38 1991 at Classified Stacks). The text of the opinions appear in the Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF).

The website also links to selected websites on refugee law.

Our own Professor Joan Fitzpatrick, the Jeffrey & Susan Brotman Professor of Law, is a distinguished scholar and writer on refugee law topics. Among her recent articles on this subject are:

  • "The End of Protection: Legal Standards for Cessation of Refugee Status and Withdrawal of Temporary Protection," 13 Georgetown Immigration Law Journal 343-81 (1999)
  • "The International Dimension of U.S. Refugee Law," 15 Berkeley Journal of International Law 1-26 (1997)
  • "Revitalizing the 1951 Refugee Convention," 9 Harvard Human Rights Journal 229-53 (1996).
  • "Flight from Asylum: Trends Toward Temporary "Refugee" and Local Responses to Forced Migrations," in Symposium: Immigration Law and the New Century: The Developing Regime, 35 Virginia Journal of International Law 13-70 (1994).
  • "Foreign Policy, Asylum and Discretion," in Symposium on Refugee Law: Issues and Developments, 28 Willamette Law Review 751-71 (1992)
2008, M.G. Gallagher Law Library, University of Washington