Research page
  • Timeline: since 2012
  • Keywords: international law, migration, migrants, human rights


Migrants’ rights question the universality of human rights. On the one hand, human rights apply to everyone irrespective of nationality or statelessness. On the other hand, as non-citizens, migrants remain structurally vulnerable to abuse, even more so when they are undocumented. This tension between rights and reality is further exacerbated by puzzling controversies surrounding the application of human rights to migrants.

Against such a sensitive and complex background, this research project analyses the role and the impact of international human rights law with a view to delineating the exact scope and content of migrants’ rights. Although human rights law does not constitute in and of itself a panacea, this project demonstrates that it provides a comprehensive and cogent frame of protection dealing with various aspects of migration.

Publications and working papers

  • Are Refugee Rights Human Rights? An Unorthodox Questioning on the Relations between Refugee Law and Human Rights LawVincent Chetail
    In: R. Rubio Marin (ed.), Human Rights and Immigration
    Collected Courses of the Academy of European Law, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014, pp. 12-72
  • Armed Conflict and Forced Migration: A Systemic Approach to International Humanitarian Law, Refugee Law, and Human Rights LawVincent Chetail
    In: A. Clapham & P. Gaeta (eds), The Oxford Handbook of International Law in Armed Conflict
    Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014, pp. 700-734
  • The Transnational Movement of Persons under General International Law - Mapping the Customary Law Foundations of International Migration Law
    Vincent Chetail
    In: Vincent Chetail & Céline Bauloz (eds), Research Handbook on International Law and Migration
    Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2014, pp. 1-72
  • The Human Rights of Migrants in General International Law: From Minimum Standards to Fundamental Rights
    Vincent Chetail
    Georgetown Immigration Law Journal
    Vol. 28, No. 1, 2013, pp. 225-255
  • Les relations entre droit international privé et droit international des réfugiés: histoire d'une brève rencontre
    Vincent Chetail
    Journal du Droit International
    Vol. 141, No. 2, 2014, pp. 447-475
  • The Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families
    Vincent Chetail
    In: P. Alston & F. Megret (eds), The United Nations and Human Rights: A Critical Appraisal
    2nd ed., Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming: 2014
  • Asile et immigration
    Vincent Chetail & Géraldine Ruiz
    Journal européen des droits de l'homme/European Journal of Human Rights
    No. 5, 2013, pp. 859-881 //  No. 5, 2014, pp. 623-649 // No. 5, 2015, pp. 651-670
  • Stranded Migrants: Giving Structure to a Multifaceted Notion
    Vincent Chetail & Matthias A. Braeunlich
    Global Migration Research Paper Series
    No. 5, 2013