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Humanitarian Protection Advocacy in East Asia: Charting a Path Forward

Wolman, A. (2018). Humanitarian Protection Advocacy in East Asia: Charting a Path Forward. Refugee Survey Quarterly, 37(1), pp. 25-43. doi: 10.1093/rsq/hdx020


In this article, I make the following three-part argument. Firstly, I claim that despite the fact that a far greater number of asylum-seekers in Japan, Korea, and Mainland China receive humanitarian protection status than receive refugee status, legal advocacy regarding asylum in East Asia disproportionately focuses on refugee law and policy. Secondly, I argue that by neglecting a potentially productive advocacy framework, this disproportionate focus on refugee law has deleterious consequences for the development of robust and humane asylum systems in the region and for the provision of asylum protection to the greatest number of individuals. Thirdly, I assert that international law provides tools for effective humanitarian protection-based advocacy, and outline four avenues for legal advocacy that I believe can lay the groundwork for progressive reforms of humanitarian protection law and policy in East Asia.

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Additional Information: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Refugee Survey Quarterly following peer review. The version of record Andrew Wolman; Humanitarian Protection Advocacy in East Asia: Charting a Path Forward, Refugee Survey Quarterly, Volume 37, Issue 1, 1 March 2018, Pages 25–43, is available online at:
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
K Law > KZ Law of Nations
Departments: The City Law School > Academic Programmes
The City Law School > International Law and Affairs Group
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