Blogposts by Isabelle Swerissen

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Isabelle Swerissen

Isabelle Swerissen is a Policy Officer at the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands. She was a PhD candidate in the SHARES Project (2011-2015). Topic: Responsibility Allocation Arrangements and Protection of Refugees

7 July 2011

Expert Seminar on Shared Responsibility in International Refugee Law – In Search for a Legal Basis of Burden-Sharing

Do States – and other subjects of international law – have a collective obligation to protect refugees? And if this is the case, does a breach of this obligation lead to shared international responsibility? At a time when the burdens and responsibilities that flow from massive displacement of people have been distributed so unevenly among the world’s regions and countries (see UNHCR Global Trends 2010), these two questions have attracted growing interest and were discussed at the Expert Seminar on Shared Responsibility in International Refugee Law that the SHARES Project organized on 30 May 2011 (see Programme). (more…)

4 April 2011

The MSS Case: Shifting Burdens and Evading Responsibilities?

The European Court of Human Rights issued a landmark ruling in the case of M.S.S. v. Belgium and Greece on 21 January 2011. The case concerned the expulsion of an asylum seeker to Greece by the Belgian authorities in application of European asylum law. Not only is this judgment extraordinarily rich, it also exposes serious flaws in the current European asylum regime.

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