Dr Gil-Bazo’s article on the “Safe Third Country” concept

Dr Gil-Bazo’s article on the “Safe Third Country” concept is the third most cited article in OUP’s International Journal of Refugee Law 

Dr Gil-Bazo’s piece on ‘The Practice of Mediterranean States in the context of the European Union's Justice and Home Affairs External Dimension. The Safe Third Country Concept Revisited’, published in 2006, has become the third most cited article published by the International Journal of Refugee Law (IJRL). The IJRL is a peer-review journal published by Oxford University Press and since it was founded in 1989 it has become the leading specialist journal in the field. Dr Gil-Bazo is a regular reviewer for the IJRL. The full list of the 50 most cited articles can be found at: http://ijrl.oxfordjournals.org/reports/most-cited 

Dr Gil-Bazo’s research on the practice of States regarding the “Safe Third Country Concept” and the legal issues that it raises, as published in this article, led to an invitation by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to act as Legal Expert on this matter at its meeting on International Cooperation, held in Amman (Jordan) in June 2011 in the context of UNHCR’s commemorations of the 60th Anniversary of the 1951 Convention on the Status of Refugees. Dr Gil-Bazo’s paper for UNHCR can be found at: http://www.unhcr.org/pages/4d22f95f6.html

On the basis of her on-going research in this area, Dr Gil-Bazo has also been invited by the European Parliament to provide legal advice on its forthcoming report on "Enhanced intra-EU solidarity in the field of asylum", which examines the shortcomings and future of the “Safe Third Country” concept in EU law and practice. This report intends to inform the reform of EU legislation in this area following the judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union in the case of N.S. v Secretary of State for the Home Department (C-411/10, judgment of 21 December 2011). Dr Gil-Bazo’s paper on ‘The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and the Right to be Granted Asylum in the Union’s Law’ was cited in proceedings on this case before the Court (http://www.unhcr.org/refworld/country,,,AMICUS,IRL,,4d493e822,0.html). Dr Gil-Bazo has also been invited to present her on-going research in this area at Oxford University in May (http://www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/pdfs/public-seminars-trinity-2012.pdf) and at the Berlin Annual Symposium on Refugee Law in June (attended every year by some 300 participants from the German Government, Members of Parliament, and judges).  

published on: 16th April 2012