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Latin America and Refugee Protection: Regimes, Logics and Challenges

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Latin America and Refugee Protection

Regimes, Logics and Challenges

Edited by Liliana Lyra Jubilut, Marcia Vera Espinoza and Gabriela Mezzanotti
Foreword by James C. Hathaway
Afterword by Carolina Moulin

434 pages, 6 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80073-114-1 $145.00/£107.00 Hb Not Yet Published (July 2021)

eISBN 978-1-80073-115-8 eBook Not Yet Published

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“It is a very important book… not only because of its quality but also because there is nothing like this in the market in English, Spanish or Portuguese.” • Diego Acosta, University of Bristol

“Provides a comprehensive approach to understanding the regional architecture of refugee protection, and the ways in which the history and politics of Latin America make its regimes of refugee protection distinctive.” • Karen Jacobsen, Tufts University


Looking at refugee protection in Latin America, this landmark edited collection assesses what the region has achieved in recent years. It analyses Latin America’s main documents in refugee protection, evaluates the particular aspects of different regimes, and reviews their emergence, development and effect, to develop understanding of refugee protection in the region. Drawing from multidisciplinary texts from both leading academics and practitioners, this comprehensive, innovative and highly topical book adopts an analytical framework to understand and improve Latin America’s protection of refugees.

Liliana Lyra Jubilut is Professor at Universidade Católica de Santos. She was Visiting Scholar at Columbia Law School and Visiting Fellow at the Refugee Law Initiative. She is also part of the Global Academic Interdisciplinary Network (GAIN), from the Global Compact on Refugees, and of the Academic Council on the Global Compact for Migration.

Marcia Vera Espinoza is Lecturer in Human Geography at Queen Mary University of London. She was an Associate Researcher in the ERC funded MIGPROSP project. Her recent publications include the co-edited book The Dynamics of Regional Migration Governance (Edward Elgar, 2019).

Gabriela Mezzanotti is Associate Professor at the University of South-Eastern Norway and a member of the Human Rights and Reconciliation in a Post-conflict, Multicultural Society project. She is a lawyer who has coordinated Unisinos UNHCR Sergio Vieira de Mello Chair from 2011 until 2019. Her research addresses critical discourse studies, international human rights law, migration and refugee law.

Subject: Refugee and Migration Studies Political and Economic Anthropology
Area: Latin America and the Caribbean


List of Figures
List of Abbreviations

James C. Hathaway

Introduction: Refugee Protection in Latin America: Logics, Regimes and Challenges
Liliana Lyra Jubilut, Marcia Vera Espinoza and Gabriela Mezzanotti

Part I: The Regime of the Cartagena Declaration

Chapter 1. The 1984 Cartagena Declaration: A Critical Review of Some Aspects of its Emergence and Relevance
José H. Fischel de Andrade

Chapter 2. The Invisible Majority: Internally Displaced People in Latin America and the San José Declaration
Elizabeth Rushing and Andrés Lizcano Rodriguez

Chapter 3. The Mixed Legacy of the Mexico Declaration and Plan of Action: Solidarity and Refugee Protection in Latin America
Marcia Vera Espinoza

Chapter 4. The Brazil Declaration and Plan of Action: A Model for Other Regions
Emily E. Arnold-Fernandez, Karina Sarmiento Torres and Gabriella Kallas

Part I Commentary: The Cartagena Declaration Regime of ‘Refugee’ Protection
Susan Kneebone

Part II: The Regime of the InterAmerican Human Rights System

Chapter 5. Against the Current: Protecting Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Other Persons in Need of International Protection Under the Inter-American Human Rights System
Álvaro Botero Navarro

Chapter 6. Refugee Protection and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights
Melissa Martins Casagrande

Part II Commentary: The Inter-American Human Rights System and Refugee Protection
Deborah Anker

Part III: Regional Responses to the International Regime on Refugee Protection

Chapter 7. From the Brasilia Declaration to the Brazil Plan of Action: How was the Goal of Eradicating Statelessness in the Americas Forged?
Juan Ignacio Mondelli

Chapter 8. The “100 Points of Brasilia”: Latin America’s Dialogue with the Global Compact on Refugees
Liliana Lyra Jubilut, Gabriela Mezzanotti and Rachel de Oliveira Lopes

Part III Commentary: Regional Responses to the International Regime on Refugee Protection
Jennifer Hyndman

Part IV: Other Forms of Protection Beyond the Regional Refugee Regime

Chapter 9. The Residence Agreement of Mercosur as an Alternative Form of Protection: The Challenges of a Milestone in Regional Migration Governance
Leiza Brumat

Chapter 10. Trends in Latin American Domestic Refugee Law
Luisa Feline Freier and Nieves Fernandez Rodríguez

Chapter 11. How Humanitarian are Humanitarian Visas? An Analysis of Theory and Practice in Latin America
Luisa Feline Freier and Marta Luzes

Part IV Commentary: Other Forms of Protection Beyond the Regional Refugee Regime in Latin America
Pablo Ceriani Cernadas

Part V: Current Regional Refugees Crisis

Chapter 12. Responding to Forced Displacement in the North of Central America: Progress and Challenges
Suzanna Nelson-Pollard

Chapter 13. Displacement in Colombia: IDPs, Refugees, and Human Rights in the Legal Framework of the 2016 Peace Process
Wellington Pereira Carneiro

Chapter 14. How the Venezuelan Exodus Challenges a Regional Protection Response: “Creative” Solutions to an Unprecedented Phenomenon in Colombia and Brazil
João Carlos Jarochinski Silva, Alexandra Castro and Cyntia Sampaio

Chapter 15. No Place for Refugees? The Haitian Flow within Latin America and the Challenge of International Protection in Disaster Situations
Beatriz Eugenia Sánchez-Mojica

Part V Commentary: Current Regional Refugees “Crisis”
Leticia Calderon

Afterword: Driving with the Rearview Mirror? Latin America and Refugee Protection
Carolina Moulin

Annex: Legal Frameworks for Refugee Protection in Latin America
Alyssa Marie Kvalvaag


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