Abraham Eiluorior is a PhD scholar at Durham University, having previously obtained an LLM (International Law and Governance) from the same university and an LLB degree with first-class honours from the University of Bradford. His PhD research is titled ‘No Safe Passage to Safety: The need for a review of the United Nation’s definition of a Refugee’. In this research, Abraham will investigate whether the UN Refugee Convention 1951’s definition of a ‘refugee’ has become too restrictive to enable the convention to serve its true purpose. He will examine the severance of the bond between a citizen and the State in other ways not provided for in the said definition, which may include but not limited to civil wars, conflicts, foreign invasion, genocide, and natural disasters such as famine, and, which themselves are capable of displacing the citizens. He will further examine the alienage requirement of the definition and its impact on the safe passage of people fleeing persecution and displacements. He aims to establish that territorial issue in seeking asylum has contributed to the death of migrants in their quest to seek refuge in safe States.
His research interests include International human rights law, the legal protection of asylum seekers, refugees, and migrants, borders, forced displacement, violence, humanitarian regimes and refugee camps, mainly in the African context.
PhD Thesis Title: ‘No Safe Passage to Safety: The need for a review of the United Nation’s definition of a Refugee’