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Bruce-Jones, Eddie (2018) 'Refugee Law in Crisis: Decolonizing the Architecture of Violence.' In: Bosworth, Mary, Parmar, Alpa and Vázquez, Yolanda, (eds.), Race, Criminal Justice, and Migration Control: Enforcing the Boundaries of Belonging. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 176-193.

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This chapter aims to critically interrogate foundational aspects of refugee law from a decolonial perspective. Considered within the context of contemporary debates on counterterrorism and border control in the United Kingdom, it argues that the way we conceptualize violence within the broader project of refugee protection underpins our complicity in the global ordering of violence and suffering. The chapter aims to reveal this dynamic and to propose teaching and conceptualizing of refugee law in a way that frames state violence more broadly than the ‘persecution’ detailed in the Refugee Convention. This approach seeks to ensure that the violence facing the refugee is not seen through the lenses of exceptionalism and crisis that govern refugee law, but rather within the broader frameworks of criminalization and the racial and economic structures of colonialism.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Keywords: Refugee Law; Legal Pedagogy, Decolonisation; Race; Migration
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Law
Departments and Subunits
Subjects: J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
K Law > K Law (General)
J Political Science
K Law
ISBN: 9780198814887
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2023 08:37
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