Past event

Research Event

Refuge from Inhumanity? War Refugees at the Intersection of IHL and Refugee Law

Chatham House, London

Meeting the Challenge of Forced Displacement, International Law Discussion Group

Event documents

Meeting Summary: Refuge from Inhumanity? War Refugees at the Intersection of IHL and Refugee Law
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Dr David James Cantor, Director, Refugee Law Initiative, University of London
Jean-François Durieux, Programme Director, International Institute of Humanitarian Law
Professor Françoise Hampson, Emeritus Professor, University of Essex
Chair: Ruma Mandal, Senior Research Fellow, International Law Programme, Chatham House


This panel discussion by experts involved in the Refuge from Inhumanity project explores the pressing legal and practical controversies surrounding the use of international humanitarian law (IHL) to protect refugees fleeing from war. Can IHL protect fighters and/or civilians from refoulement to a country engaged in an armed conflict? Does (and should) IHL influence our interpretation of the refugee definition in asylum claims arising out of armed conflict? Is the refoulement of civilians to armed conflict prohibited by a broader rule of customary international law that cuts across both IHL and refugee law?

This event coincides with the publication of Refuge from Inhumanity? War Refugees and International Humanitarian Law  by Brill. The event will be followed by a drinks reception.

This event is held in cooperation with the Refugee Law Initiative at the School of Advanced Study, University of London.