Special Issue "Migrants and Human Rights Protections"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Sylvie Da Lomba
Guest Editor
Law School, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
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 the effectiveness of human rights protections in respect of migrants. The theme of the Special Issue is nested within debates on the universality of human rights and global migration governance. Migration governance discourse and initiatives give prominence to migrants’ human rights; yet many migrants continue to experience violations of human rights and remain at the margins of human rights regimes.

Against this backdrop, the Special Issue explores whether and how human rights regimes can extend protections to migrants and recognise them as fully-fledged human rights subjects. It considers whether human rights regimes can be instrumental in cementing respect for human rights as a core ethical and normative underpinning of migration governance. 

The Special Issue will contribute to scholarship in the fields of human rights law, migration studies and migration governance. The inquiry into migrants and human rights protections engages with international and regional human rights regimes. It 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 interrogate the question of human rights protections for migrants from a range of perspectives. Submissions may, for example, focus on a particular human rights regime, adopt a comparative approach, examine specific human right(s), or/and consider a particular group of migrants. Submission may also engage with the theme of the Special Issue from a theoretical perspective.

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

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Human Rights of Children in the Context of Migration Processes. Innovative Efforts for Integrating Regional Human Rights Standards in the Americas
Laws 2019, 8(4), 31; https://doi.org/10.3390/laws8040031 - 22 Nov 2019
This paper proposes a critical analysis of the innovative jurisprudential approaches taken by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in integrating the content and scope of protection of the human rights of children, in the context of migration processes. How might one provide [...] Read more.
This paper proposes a critical analysis of the innovative jurisprudential approaches taken by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in integrating the content and scope of protection of the human rights of children, in the context of migration processes. How might one provide an effective protection to unaccompanied children that enter irregularly into the territory of a given country, when the safeguards guaranteed at the national level are elusive or inefficient? By focusing on the pioneering jurisprudence developed by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in recent years, this paper intends to unveil how a systemic integration of children’s rights, under the light of the current international law developments, could provide an effective protection for the rights of children in the context of migration processes. In fact, as a result of an evolutive, dynamic and effective interpretation, the regional tribunal has expanded the scope of protection of the American Convention on Human Rights, by taking into consideration and making known, references to instruments and provisions enshrined within the corpus juris of international human rights law, such as the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, and—consequently—improving the level of protection of millions of children in the Americas. Full article
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