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Applicability of International Law

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This chapter examines the legal framework within which the refugee regime is inscribed. It describes the development of a refugee definition through various international efforts, and the creation of legal instruments having a bearing on this definition. The chapter takes a closer look at the lacunae they may contain and which suggest that the international community might soon find itself faced with the necessity of adopting new contractual legal norms tailored to meet contemporary challenges in defining refugee status eligibility, and ensuring protection and assistance for the ever-growing number of people whose survival often depends on equitable, balanced refugee laws. The refugee is a person of concern to international law and the international community has an interest in defining the status of people in mass influx and in their protection.

Keywords: international community; international law; lacunae; mass influx; refugee definition; refugee law; refugee regime



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