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The Internally Displaced Person in International Law
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The Internally Displaced Person in International Law

9781788975445 Edward Elgar Publishing
Romola Adeola, Senior Research Associate, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), Refugee Law Initiative, University of London, UK, coordinates the Global Engagement Network on Internal Displacement in Africa (GENIDA) and is a Fellow at the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Publication Date: 2020 ISBN: 978 1 78897 544 5 Extent: 208 pp
While the plight of persons displaced within the borders of states has emerged as a global concern, not much attention has been given to this specific category of persons in international legal scholarship. Unlike refugees, internally displaced persons remain within the states in which they are displaced. Current statistics indicate that there are more people displaced within state borders than persons displaced outside states. Romola Adeola examines the protection of the internally displaced person under international law, considering existing legal regimes at various levels of governance and institutional mechanisms for internally displaced persons.

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While the plight of persons displaced within the borders of states has emerged as a global concern, not much attention has been given to this specific category of persons in international legal scholarship. Unlike refugees, internally displaced persons remain within the states in which they are displaced. Current statistics indicate that there are more people displaced within state borders than persons displaced outside states. Romola Adeola examines the protection of the internally displaced person under international law, considering existing legal regimes at various levels of governance and institutional mechanisms for internally displaced persons.

Scholars in the field of forced migration and law, policy-makers and international agencies will recognize the significance of the author’s thorough examination of The Internally Displaced Person in International Law.
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‘Our planet counts over 45 million internally displaced persons. Internal displacement is complex and politically fraught, thus often overlooked. Dr Adeola has produced a highly informative compendium of the international, regional and especially – despite scarce sources – national legal regimes of all African countries, which allows for a much clearer picture of the frailty of their legal condition.’
– François Crépeau, McGill University, Canada

'Everyone looking for a succinct but comprehensive overview of the law relevant for the protection of today’s more than 40 million internally displaced persons should turn to this book. The author’s focus on regional and African national perspectives is a particularly welcome contribution to the literature in this field.'
– Walter Kälin, University of Bern, Switzerland
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Contents: Foreword 1. An Internally Displaced Persons Described 2. Complementary International Legal Protection Regimes 3. The United Nations Guiding Principles On Internal Displacement 4. Regional Approaches To The Protection Of Internally Displaced Persons 5. National Perspectives To The Protection Of Internally Displaced Persons 6. Institutional Protection 7. Conclusion And Recommendations Bibliography Index

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