Mr nicholas maple

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Mr nicholas maple
MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights, University of London
PhD in Refugee Law
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Currently undertaking a 9-month affiliation with the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS), University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa
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Rights at Risk: A thematic investigation into how states restrict the freedom of movement of refugees on the African Continent

 Through a thematic analysis of national legislation and state policy, this paper looks at how states in Africa with encampment policies interact with refugees’ right to freedom of movement. While research in the past has focused on why governments and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have utilised camps and restricted movement, relatively little research has been carried out on how these policies are achieved in relation to states’ international human rights commitments. By analysing state behaviour in Africa through the framework of international refugee and human rights law, it becomes apparent that the majority of states with camps have some form of restrictions on a refugee’s right to freedom of movement, with many breaching at least the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and potentially the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The study found a broad focus on national legislation and regional instruments over international law in interpreting this right. This suggests a regional customary law may be emerging, which allows for potentially serve restrictions on freedom of movement.

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PhD Topic:

The research project examines refugee reception policies in southern Africa and how they interact with the global refugee regime and its core norms (with a focus on freedom of movement). It uses a multi-disciplinary approach, applying theories and concepts from international relations and international refugee law to analyse the multifaceted relationship between the state, national institutions, citizens and refugees. By investigating two disparate reception policies (camps and urban integration in cities), it envisages that a better understanding of the political, social and economic structures that are constraining or changing the implementation of the refugee regime will emerge. Furthermore, ways in which human mobility and citizenship (whether at the state or local level) interact and/or circumvent the implementation process in urban areas will be examined. It is suggested that new political, economic and social relations are emerging in urban spaces, which allow refugees and asylum seekers access to regime norms (such as free movement, employment, political participation) that bypass conventional interactions with the legal and institutional frameworks that make up the global refugee regime.

Dr David Cantor
Research interests:
Globalization & Development, Human rights, International Law, International Relations, Local Government, Politics

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