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dc.contributor.advisorHope, Simon
dc.contributor.advisorCruft, Rowan
dc.contributor.authorWalker, Jessica
dc.coverage.spatial119 p.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe current legal definition of the term ‘refugee’ fails to recognise the centrality of refugees’ hardship and in doing so draws morally arbitrary distinctions between different types of refugees. I use Wiggins’ 1987 paper to give us reason to think that hardship ought to be central to morality. From here I make hardship the core of a modified legal definition of the term ‘refugee’. Then I explore moral obligations that states have to refugees in virtue of their hardship. First, I ask whom states are obligated to and show that the only morally relevant distinguishing feature between refugees is the ‘level’ of hardship they experience. Second, I ask what kinds of moral and legal obligations states have to refugees. I argue that states’ moral obligations to ‘give refuge’ are perfect duties and that states’ legal obligations differ for different types of refugees.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity of St Andrews
dc.relationUNHCR. 1951. “Text of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees”, CSR, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) The UN Refugee Agency, Date Accessed: 24. 03.15
dc.relationUNHCR. 1967. “Text of the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees”, United nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) The UN Refugee Agency, Date Accessed: 24. 03.15
dc.relationWiggins, David. 1987. Needs, Values, Truth, Clarendon Press, Oxford, pp1-33en_US
dc.relationSinger, Peter. 1972. “Famine and Affluence”, Philosophy and Public Affairs, Vol.1, No.3, pp 229-243en_US
dc.relationAnderson, E. 1999. “What is the Point of Equality”, Ethics, Vol. 109, No. 2, January, pp 287-337.en_US
dc.subjectLaw and moralityen_US
dc.subjectRefugee lawen_US
dc.subjectLegal definition vs moral definitionen_US
dc.subjectMorally arbitrary distinctionsen_US
dc.subjectStates' obligationsen_US
dc.subjectPerfect and imperfect dutiesen_US
dc.subjectAsylum seekers vs refugees seeking resettlementen_US
dc.subjectCategory, location, levelen_US
dc.subject.lcshRefugees--Legal status, laws, etc.en
dc.subject.lcshAsylum, Right ofen
dc.subject.lcshHuman rightsen
dc.titleRefugee law and states' obligationsen_US
dc.type.qualificationnameMPhil Master of Philosophyen_US
dc.publisher.institutionThe University of St Andrewsen_US
dc.publisher.departmentUniversity of Stirlingen_US

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