Nordic Journal of International Law 70: 589–591, 2001. 589 Book Review Gregor Noll, Negotiating Asylum, the EU Acquis, Extraterritorial Asylum and the Common Market of Deflection . Kluwer Law International, The Hague, 2000. The title immediately draws the attention of the reader: can asylum be negotiated, or rather, do we deal with a non-negotiable concept? The structure of this book, which also springs out thanks to the purple colour of the cover, is almost mathematical with clearly formulated questions; linkages and interaction are made transparent and accessible. Yet, the subtitles reflect a seldom seen renaissance-like approach (‘reminiscences from a continuing past’; ‘me- andering arguments’; ‘the ambiguity of hindsight’; ‘presumptions, telos and indeterminacy’; ‘ demos , determinacy and justification’; to name but a few). One gets the impression that Noll’s 650-page doctoral thesis opus magnum “Negotiating Asylum” aims at speaking the final word. Noll combines a sound mind and enormous theoretical insight with a critical approach, which every now and then amounts to government-bashing, or rather EU-bashing. It may also be pessimistic relativism that forces him to state that the EU lacks the mechanisms to inhibit the deflection of the protection seekers or the downgrading of their rights. Or,
Nordic Journal of International Law – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2001
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