This blog is inspired by Marie-Benedicte Dembour’s book, When Humans Become Migrants (published by Oxford University Press, February 2015).
Marie says that the treatment of migrants is one of the most challenging issues that human rights, as a political philosophy, faces today.
It has increasingly become a contentious issue for many governments and international organizations around the world.
Her book examines the treatment that claims lodged by migrants receive at the European Court of Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.
One of the key findings of the book is that the European Court of Human Rights treats migrants as “aliens” first and human beings second.
By contrast, Marie argues that the Inter-American Court of Human Rights takes a fundamentally more human rights-driven approach to this issue.
All of the ideas explored on this blog are covered in more detail in Marie’s book, which is written for a diverse audience: students and scholars of migration and human rights as well as NGO and government legal advisers and policy-makers concerned with migration.
You can find out more about Marie’s book at the Oxford University Press website.
Oxford University Press is pleased to offer University of Brighton Law Podcast listeners a 20% discount on Marie-Bénédicte Dembour’s new book When Humans Become Migrants, using the promotional code DEMB2015. Further information can be found here.