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The author argues that the time is right to change the way that refugee law is implemented. Specifically, Hathaway advocates a shift towards a managed and collectivized approach to the implementation of refugee protection obligations. He contends that while the obligations under the Convention remain sound, the mechanisms for implementing those obligations are flawed in ways that too often lead States to act against their own values and interests, and which produce needless suffering amongst refugees. The author concludes with a five-point plan to revitalize the Refugee Convention.


Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. J. C. Hathaway, ‘A Global Solution to a Global Refugee Crisis’ (2016) European Papers 93. DOI: