Jean-François Durieux





Jean-François Durieux, holder of a Law Degree from the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium), has taught international human rights and refugee law at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford on three occasions between 2007 and 2012. In 2011 he completed a long career with UNHCR, which included a wide array of field positions as well as legal advice, policy and management responsibilities at the organisation’s headquarters in Geneva. Jean-François began his career in the 1990s, publishing the findings of his ‘operational’ research on some of the challenges faced by UNHCR in Central America, East Africa and the other regions in which he worked. In recent years, his research interest has focused on legal responses to mass influxes of refugees, including: a comparison of African and European regimes; the ethics of asylum; the concept and measurement of humanitarian protection; and the legal implications of refugee emergencies and protracted refugee situations. He has organised and run seminars and short courses on the law of forced displacement, statelessness and the cross-fertilisation of refugee law, human rights law and international humanitarian law, including within the dedicated training programme of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law (Sanremo, Italy), which he directed from 2014 to 2016. He serves as senior adviser to the international team that has set out to develop and publish a worldwide Refugee Response Index. 

Publications/recent projects:

Edited volume

  • Cantor, D.J. and Durieux, J-F.(eds) Refuge from Inhumanity? War Refugees and International Humanitarian Law, Brill/Nijhoff 2014

Articles and chapters

  • (2016) The duty to rescue refugees.  International Journal of Refugee Law 28 (4): 637-65
  • with Rodriguez Serna,N.  (2015)Los desplazados como victimas del crimen organizado: una mirada comparativa a México y Colombia, in D.J.Cantor and N.Rodriguez Serna (eds), Los Nuevos Desplazados: Crimen y Desplazamiento en América Latina, ILAS/University of London
  • (2015) Temporary Protection: Hovering at the Edges of Refugee Law. Netherlands Yearbook of International Law 2014: Between Pragmatism and Predictability: Temporariness in International Law 221-253
  • (2013) Three Asylum Paradigms. Intl Journal on Minority and Group Rights, 20(2), 147-177
  •  (2013) The Vanishing Refugee : How EU asylum law blurs the specificity of refugee protection, in H.Lambert, J. McAdam and M.Fullerton (eds), The Global Reach of European Refugee Law, CUP
  • (2012) Of war, flaws, laws, and flows : a reply to Hugo Storey. Refugee Survey Quarterly 31(3), 137-160