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Chaloka Beyani

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(2000) C. Beyani, Human Rights Standards and the Free Movement of People within States (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2000). ISBN 9780191683459 (e-book version). National and international scholars’ reliance on the research at e.g. [2011] Colum. J. Transnat. L. 690; [2010] Regent J. Int. L. 251; [2005] J. Refugee Studs 100; [2003] Chinese J. Int. L. 519).

(2000) C. Beyani, Exclusion From Protection, published as a special issue of (2000) 12 International Refugee Law (with J. Fitzpatrick, W. Kalin, and M. Zard).  

(2006) C. Beyani, ‘The Elaboration of a Legal Framework for the Protection of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa’ (2006) 50 Journal of African Law 187-97.

(2008) C. Beyani, ‘The Politics of International Law: Transformation of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement from Soft Law into Hard Law’ (2008) 102 Proceedings of the American Society of International Law 194-98.

(2013) C. Beyani, Collected Essays on the Use of International Law (London: Cameron May, 2013). ISBN 9781907174124.Available from LSE

(2013) C. Beyani, Protection of the Right to Seek and Obtain Asylum under the African Human Rights System (Leiden: Nijhoff, 2013). ISBN 9789004228610 (e-book version).

Evidence of impact

Alison Duxbury (Professor of International Law, University of Melbourne), “The Commonwealth Secretariat and the Implementation of Human Rights” (June 2005), pp. 7-8.

Walter Kälin [representative of the UN's Secretary-General on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons], ‘Hardening Soft Law: Implementation of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement’ (2008) 102 Proceedings of the American Society of International Law 187-188 at 188:

“Chaloka Beyani … has not only been the key drafter of the Great Lakes Protocol on Internally Displaced Persons but is currently also involved in drafting and negotiating the planned African Union Convention on internal displacement in Africa”.

‘Introductory Note on the Pact on Security, Stability and Development in the Great Lakes Region 2006’ (2007) 46 International Legal Materials 173-75 at 173: “[Beyani] acted as legal advisor to the IC/GLR [International Conference on the Great Lakes Region] and led the drafting of the Pact and the Protocols on Non-aggression and Mutual Defence, Prevention and Suppression of Sexual Violence Against Women and Children, Protection and Assistance to Internally Displaced Persons, Property Rights of returning Persons … [and] also redrafted the rest of the Protocols to harmonise their provisions and align them with those of the Pact and the Programmes of Action”.

NTV (Kenyan television) report on Beyani’s findings (in his capacity as UN Special Rapporteur) condemning living conditions of internally displaced placed persons in Kenya, uploaded 27 Sept. 2011:

Brookings Institution documentary: Chaloka Beyani on the importance of international support for internally displaced persons, released 25 March 2013:

UNHCR, Guidelines on International Protection: Application of the Exclusion Clauses: Article 1F of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees (HCR/GIP/03/05, 4 September 2003), at

In 2015 Beyani was nominated by the United Nations Deputy Secretary General to be a member of his Senior Experts Group on Human Rights Up Front.

Relevant video and audio

Conor Gearty in conversation with Chaloka Beyani, 14 January 2015:

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