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    Ní Ghráinne, Bríd (2020) SAFE ZONES AND THE INTERNAL PROTECTION ALTERNATIVE. International and Comparative Law Quarterly, 69 (2). pp. 335-364. ISSN 0020-5893

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    A ‘safe zone’ refers to an area established in armed conflict for the purposes of protecting civilians. This article provides the first legal analysis of whether safe zones can be invoked as a ground for refusing asylum. It examines the concept of the Internal Protection Alternative (IPA) which posits that an individual is not a refugee if there is a safe place within his/her country where he/she can relocate. It clarifies the applicable criteria in the IPA inquiry and uses three case studies to illustrate that safe zones can only qualify as lawful IPAs in exceptional circumstances.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: public international law; safe zone; refugee law; asylum; Syria; Internal Protection; Alternative containment; Refugee Convention;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Law
    Item ID: 16384
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    Depositing User: Ni Ghrainne Brid
    Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2022 07:51
    Journal or Publication Title: International and Comparative Law Quarterly
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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