Migrants Rights Project

Migrants’ rights question the universality of human rights. On the one hand, human rights apply to everyone irrespective of nationality or statelessness. On the other hand, as non-citizens, migrants remain structurally vulnerable to abuse, and even more so when they are undocumented. This tension between rights and reality is further exacerbated by puzzling controversies surrounding the application of human rights to migrants.  

Against such a sensitive and complex background, this Research Project analyses the role and impact of international human rights law with a view to delineating the exact scope and content of migrants’ rights. Although human rights law does not constitute in and of itself a panacea, this Project demonstrates that it provides a comprehensive and cogent frame of protection dealing with various aspects of migration.

Project Team

Vincent Chetail, Project Director


Sovereignty and Migration in the Doctrine of the Law of Nations: An Intellectual History of Hospitality from Vitoria to Vattel

Vincent Chetail
European Journal of International Law
Vol.  27, No. 4, 2016, pp. 901-922

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Migration and International Law: A Short Introduction

Vincent Chetail
In: V. Chetail (ed.), International Law and Migration
Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016, Vol 1, pp. i-xxiii

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International Law and Migration

Vincent Chetail (ed.)
2 Volumes, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016


Is There Any Blood on My Hands? Deportation as a Crime of International Law

Vincent Chetail
Leiden Journal of International Law
Vol. 29, 2016, pp. 917-943

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Are Refugee Rights Human Rights? An Unorthodox Questioning on the Relations between Refugee Law and Human Rights Law

Vincent Chetail
In: R. Rubio Marin (ed.), Human Rights and Immigration
Collected Courses of the Academy of European Law, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014, pp. 12-72

Armed Conflict and Forced Migration: A Systemic Approach to International Humanitarian Law, Refugee Law, and Human Rights Law

Vincent Chetail
In: A. Clapham & P. Gaeta (eds), The Oxford Handbook of International Law in Armed Conflict
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014, pp. 700-734

The Transnational Movement of Persons under General International Law - Mapping the Customary Law Foundations of International Migration Law

Vincent Chetail
In: Vincent Chetail & Céline Bauloz (eds), Research Handbook on International Law and Migration
Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2014, pp. 1-72

The Human Rights of Migrants in General International Law: From Minimum Standards to Fundamental Rights

Vincent Chetail
Georgetown Immigration Law Journal
Vol. 28, No. 1, 2013, pp. 225-255


Les relations entre droit international privé et droit international des réfugiés: histoire d'une brève rencontre

Vincent Chetail
Journal du Droit International
Vol. 141, No. 2, 2014, pp. 447-475


The Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families

Vincent Chetail
In: P. Alston & F. Megret (eds), The United Nations and Human Rights: A Critical Appraisal
2nd ed., Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming: 2014


Asile et immigration

Vincent Chetail & Géraldine Ruiz
Journal européen des droits de l'homme/European Journal of Human Rights
No. 5, 2013, pp. 859-881 //  No. 5, 2014, pp. 623-649 // No. 5, 2015, pp. 651-670


Stranded Migrants: Giving Structure to a Multifaceted Notion

Vincent Chetail & Matthias A. Braeunlich
Global Migration Research Paper Series
No. 5, 2013




Other Related Publications


The Human Rights Council and the Challenges of the United Nations System on Human Rights: Towards a Cultural Revolution?

Vincent Chetail
In: V. Gowlland-Debbas, L. Boisson de Chazournes & M. Kohen, (eds), International Law and the Quest for its Implementation: Liber Amicorum
Leiden: Brill, 2010, pp. 193-241

Who Cares?: The Right to Health of Migrants

Vincent Chetail & Gilles Giacca
In: M. Robinson & A. Clapham (eds), Realizing the Right to Health
Zürich: Rüffer and Rub, 2009, pp. 224-234

Migration, droits de l’homme et souveraineté : le droit international dans tous ses états

Vincent Chetail
In: V. Chetail (ed.), Mondialisation, migration et droits de l’homme : le droit international en question / Globalization, Migration and Human Rights: International Law under Review - Vol. II
Bruxelles: Bruylant, 2007, pp. 13-133,  Bon de commande


Le Comité des Nations Unies contre la torture et l’expulsion des étrangers : dix ans de jurisprudence

Vincent Chetail
Revue suisse de droit international et européen
No. 1, 2006, pp. 63-104


Le droit des réfugiés à l’épreuve des droits de l’homme : bilan de la jurisprudence de la Cour européenne des droits de l’homme sur l'interdiction du renvoi des étrangers menacés de torture et de traitements inhumains ou dégradants

Vincent Chetail
Revue belge de droit international
Vol. 37, No. 1, 2004, pp. 155-210


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