With 68.5 million persons of concern to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, 85 percent of them located in low or middle income countries, the need for international co-operation to provide more predictable and fairer burden and responsibility sharing is of fundamental importance.
Professor Geoff Gilbert’s research over the past five years has had this as its principal focus: with Anna Magdalena Rüsch, a graduate of the LLM in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, they have provided practical guidance based on high quality academic research. They wrote a confidential report for UNHCR’s Division of International Protection in 2014-15 on Rule of law: Engagement for Solutions and went on to write a more wide-ranging article for the International Journal of Refugee Law, Rule of Law and UN Interoperability.
They were also asked by the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, based at the University of New South Wales, to write a policy brief on Creating Safe Zones and Safe Corridors in Conflict Situations: Providing protection at home or preventing the search for asylum?
During 2017-18, Professor Gilbert received an RCUK Impact Acceleration Award and was seconded to UNHCR. He wrote several reports, including one on the political participation of refugees in their country of asylum and participated in the Thematic Discussions on the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework and the private Formal Consultations on the Global Compact on Refugees 2018.