Special Issue "Regional Human Rights Regimes and the Protection of Migrants’ Rights"

A special issue of Laws (ISSN 2075-471X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Sylvie Da Lomba

Law School, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
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Interests: migrants’ human rights; migrants and citizenship; vulnerability theory; EU citizenship; international human rights law and post-national citizenship; EU and migration laws and policies; asylum and immigration law; migration governance; international migration law

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Special Issue investigates standards for the protection of migrants’ rights in regional human rights regimes. The topic is situated within debates on global migration governance which increasingly place human rights at its core (see e.g. Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, Final Draft, 11 July 2018). As regions become important migration governance spaces, calls for greater human rights scrutiny of their activities have intensified, and regional human rights regimes have a key role to play in this regard.  The prominence given to migrants’ human rights in migration governance discourse and initiatives, however, must not mask the scale of migrants’ human rights violations worldwide and human rights systems’ – including regional regimes – struggles to extend protections to all migrants.

Against this backdrop, the Special Issue explores whether regional human rights regimes can recognise migrants as fully-fledged human rights subjects and make a meaningful contribution to global migration governance. When compared to the UN human rights system, regional regimes are often commended for their greater responsiveness to national and regional contexts, legitimacy and embeddedness in national systems. 

The distinct contribution of the Special Issue lies in the scope of its inquiry into regional standards for the protection of migrants’ human rights. The inquiry adopts a holistic approach in that it covers several regional human regimes; recognises that migrants form a heterogeneous group; and explores protection standards across all spheres of life (civil, socio-economic, and political).

We invite submissions that investigate regional standards for the protection of migrants’ human rights from a range of perspectives. Submissions may, for example, focus on a particular regional human rights regime, adopt a comparative approach, examine specific human right(s), or/and consider a particular group of migrants.

Dr. Sylvie Da Lomba
Guest Editor

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  • Migrants’ human rights
  • Regional Human rights regimes
  • Global migration governance
  • Immigration laws and policies
  • States’ margin of appreciation
  • Migratory status
  • Migrants’ socio-economic circumstances
  • Social and economic rights
  • Civil and political rights

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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