(01 March 2015) BADIL releases the 2nd Edition of its Handbook on Protection Gaps in the Protection of Palestinian Refugees.


BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights publishes a new edition of the Handbook on the Protection of Palestinian Refugees in State Signatories to the 1951 Convention. Building on the 2005 edition and the 2011 update, this year’s Handbook provides a comprehensive, up-to-date analysis of international legal protection standards applicable to Palestinian refugees – most notably, Article 1D of the 1951 Refugee Convention.

As the result of a monumental gathering of evidence, the Handbook examines new developments in international guidelines regarding the application of Article 1D as well as it presents an extensive survey on the protection afforded to Palestinian refugees in 30 countries in Europe, Oceania, the Americas and Africa, with a special focus on legislation and case law related to Article 1D. In the last chapter, BADIL presents its alternative approach to Article 1D, providing a wider ground to grant protection not only to Palestinian refugees, but also to all refugees in secondary movement who seek asylum in a new host country.
This publication constitutes a primary text for lawyers providing legal assistance to asylum seekers in any of the countries surveyed. The Handbook could also be of interest to national and international organizations concerned with refugees and asylum seekers, providing support to advocacy efforts to change national practices vis-à-vis refugees in secondary movement.
Furthermore, the Handbook is also of scholarly interest inasmuch as it presents a historical analysis of the circumstances that gave rise to the Palestinian diaspora and the international mechanisms and bodies devised to cope with its challenges, as well as it explains the protection gaps that emerged in the protection regime of Palestinian refugees.

Download the Handbook here.


Editors: Susan Akram and Nidal Al-Azza 
Researchers: Ricardo Santos and Cynthia Orchard 
Copy Edit: Ricardo Santos 
Design and Layout: Atallah Salem

2nd Edition
February 2015

© BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights, 2005-2015
© in Preface Guy Goodwin-Gill, 2014