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Sub-Saharan Africa: Is a New Special Regional Refugee Law Regime Emerging?

Published by: Cristiano d’Orsi

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This article analyzes some specific aspects of the present refugee law regime in Sub-Saharan Africa in order to assess how the institution of asylum, considered the “traditional” solution for both individuals and groups of people who are obliged to flee from their own countries, is legally perceived and applied in this continent. This paper first focuses on the notion of non-refoulement, a cornerstone of the legal protection of refugees throughout the world that is of particular relevance to African refugees. This principle seems to have now assumed the role of a peremptory norm of international law although the doctrine is far from uniform. This paper also focuses on a specific peculiarity of asylum in Africa.

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