This guide aims to give a brief introduction to the Library's holdings on Immigration & Asylum/ International Refugee Law. Please consult the Library Catalogue and the List of Current Serials for complete information on current titles and locations. If you require further assistance please contact us.
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Katherine Read, November 2019
This Subject Guide only lists a selection of Library resources on Immigration & Asylum/International Refugee Law. To find additional resources you will need to search the Library Catalogue, which covers the complete holdings of the Library. It is possible to search for books, journals and series of law reports by author, title or keyword. Please note it is not possible to search for individual chapters, journal articles or legislation (e.g. individual Acts or SIs).
IALS Library is mainly open access and readers are able to browse the shelves in the main collection. There are two main exceptions to this:
Please request these at the Library Enquiry Desk.
For more information on understanding the catalogue record and further guidance on the location of materials please refer to our guide Classmarks and the Location of Resources in the Library.
The Library classifies textbooks either by jurisdiction (GO13, GA2 etc.) or according to subject area, examples of which include Comparative Law (SB), Public International Law (SG) and Private International Law/ Conflict of Laws (SH). All classmark sections have a FOL section for oversize volumes, which is located on the same floor of the Library.
When you are searching the Library Catalogue for books, please note that only the current edition is held on the open shelves or in the Short Loan collection. IALS has a rich collection of previous editions held in the closed basement and these will display a Depository number on the catalogue. Please request previous editions from the Library Enquiry Desk.
Immigration/asylum material for England & Wales is shelved at GA2.C.5
Immigration/asylum material for the European Union is shelved at GO1.A1.C.5
International migration material is shelved at SG85
The following list represents a selection of textbooks on immigration and migration law. Please check the catalogue records for further information and location:
Immigration and asylum law
Clayton, G. Immigration and asylum law 2018
Fripp, E. Law and practice of expulsion and exclusion from the UK 2015
Macdonald, I. & Toal, R. Immigration law & practice in the United Kingdom 2014
Peers, S. EU immigration and asylum law (3 vols.) 2012-2015
Phelan, M. & Gillespie, J. Immigration law handbook 2015
International and comparative refugee law
Chetail, V. International migration law 2019
Foster, M. Statelessness and international refugee law 2019
Goodwin-Gill, G. & McAdam, J. The refugee in international law 2007
Hathaway, J. The rights of refugees under international law 2005
Hathaway, J. & Foster, M. Law of refugee status 2014
Hurwitz, A. Collective responsibility of states to protect refugees 2009
Juss, S. Research handbook on international refugee law 2019
Moreno-Lax, V. & Papastravidris, E. Boat refugees and migrants at sea: a comprehensive approach: integrating maritime security with human rights 2017
IALS Library holds a wide selection of current serial titles on immigration law from many different jurisdictions. These are located on all floors of the Library. Some titles are only in printed volumes while others or available in both formats. For more detailed help, please refer to the guide on Finding journal articles.
The following titles focus particularly on immigration law but there may be relevant articles in less specialised journals:
Amnesty International report electronic resource post-2007
If you are interested in legislation or cases concerning immigration law issues in specific countries you will need to consult the legislation or law reports for that jurisdiction.
Consult the List of Serials and Library Catalogue to find the general classmark for the country you require. Consult consolidations of legislation, digests or indexes to trace particular acts or cases.
Academic users may also use databases like Lexis/Westlaw to find UK, US, EU or international decisions. For further information please refer to the Electronic Law Library or ask at the Library Enquiry Desk.
Eagle-i is an internet portal maintained and updated by IALS library staff. It allows you to search for quality web resources on immigration law.
A valuable free source is BAILII, the British and Irish Legal information Institute which is based and maintained at IALS. It provides free access to full text UK judgments and legislation on a wide range of subjects including Immigration Law and also links to other free World Law databases. Jurisdictions covered in these resources include Commonwealth countries eg. AustLII (Australia) and CanLII (Canada), France, Germany, Italy, the USA and South Africa.
The following represent a sample of the available quality individual web resources on Immigration Law:
European Council on Refugees and Exiles
Colin Fong ‘Researching the Legal Aspects of Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom’ (Globalex Guide. Updated 2016)
Human Rights Watch. Independent NGO
International Journal of Refugee Law. Gives access to abstracts and titles of articles from 1989-current. Subscribers have full text access from 1996
International Organization for Migration