Where can I find the proceedings of the Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the Status of Refugees and Stateless Persons?
Last Updated: May 09, 2018
The proceedings of the Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the Status of Refugees and Stateless Persons can be found on the Refworld website:
Refworld - UN Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the Status of Refugees and Stateless Persons
Access to the documents of the Conference including summary records of the meetings (i.e. 8th meeting)
The Audiovisual Library of International Law - Legislative history of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, including protocol will contain links to further travaux préparatoires, including the main reports to ECOSOC and the General Assembly and the deliberation of these reports within those bodies.
Further information about the convention can be found in commentaries and analysis by external publishers, such as the following two books:
Reference Books on the Convention
- Weis, Paul. 1995. The Refugee Convention, 1951: the travaux préparatoires analysed, with a commentary. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Zimmermann, Andreas. 2010. The 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol: a commentary. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
The UN Library in Geneva and the Peace Palace Library have also produced research guides that may be useful for research related refugees and related topics.
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