The Nationality and Borders Bill and the Refugee Convention 1951

Where the Joint Committee on Human Rights goes wrong

January 31, 2022

What rights and protections does the Refugee Convention 1951 require the UK to afford to persons it recognises as Convention refugees? In answering this question, the Ninth and Twelfth Reports of the Joint Committee on Human Rights on the Nationality and Borders Bill fundamentally misunderstand the Convention, unwarrantably truncate its text, and misread – or fail to read – the UK Court decisions on which these Reports rely. This research note traces some of the Joint Committee’s missteps.

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Richard Ekins

Head of the Judicial Power Project

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