(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014) 693pp., isbn 9781107688421, €139.00 (hb). Twenty three years after the publication of the seminal first edition of The Law of Refugee Status , 1 international refugee law professor James Hathaway has finalised the long-awaited second edition of the book, this time in co-authorship with Michelle Foster. The adjective seminal is no overstatement for the 1991-work, which is one of the most important books worldwide on international and comparative refugee law. It has been cited and used in appellate judgments around the world and has effectively influenced and determined the interpretation of the refugee definition laid down in the 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees 2 (‘Refugee Convention’). 3 However, the landscape of international refugee law has changed significantly since 1991, which made an update of the first edition highly necessary. The book is written from a comparative legal perspective. It deals with case law on the refugee definition in several countries, and compares the outcomes and the bearing thereof on the international definition. The amount of case law examined and analysed by the Hathaway and Foster is impressive. The book includes a large number of national decisions from common
European Journal of Comparative Law and Governance – Brill
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