San Diego Law Review


Richard Plender

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This article examines the plight of refugees and the international law that attempts to protect them. The author begins by discussing the rules of international law that currently govern the definition and admission of refugees for support from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The author goes on to discuss defects in the conventional definition of refugee which excludes about half the world's refugees from this support. Next the author addresses the Draft Convention on Territorial Asylum which is intended in part to overcome the shortcomings of previous treaties that have defined "refugee". The author concludes by calling for more protection of refugees by broadening the current definition.