Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here


Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book Legitimising Rejection: International Refugee Law in Southeast Asia and its chapters. The book asks why the majority of Southeast Asian states have not acceded to the two pivotal international refugee law instruments—the 1951 Convention and 1967 Protocol. There are three major problems with the prevailing identification of 'refugees' in Southeast Asia. First, who is considered a 'refugee' in this region is not always easy to determine. Second, as the 1951 Convention's definition of a refugee is not recognised by the majority of Southeast Asian states, referring to these groups of people as 'refugees' implies a level of recognition that is presently unavailable in the region. Third, it is clear that the academic literature in this field mainly focuses on either refugees or migrants in Southeast Asia.

Keywords:1951 convention; 1967 protocol; international refugee law; Southeast Asia



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Legitimising Rejection — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation