Categorising Syrians in Lebanon as ‘vulnerable’ by Maja Janmyr and Lama Mourad.

Maja Janmyr and Lama Mourad (2018)

Vulnerability assessments are used by humanitarian actors to identify those at greater risk of harm but their use in the response to displaced Syrians in Lebanon is problematic. Lawtransform’s Maja Janmyr and Lama Mourad have written a new article for Forced Migration Review. Read the full article here.

Modes of Ordering: Labelling, Classification and Categorization in Lebanon’s Refugee Response

LawTransform’s Maja Janmyr has co-written a socio-legal article on Syrians in Lebanon which has just been published in the Journal of Refugee Studies. The article explores the question of: how and with what consequences are individuals fleeing the Syrian conflict to Lebanon given various legal, bureaucratic and social labels by humanitarian, state and local government […]

UNHCR and the Syrian refugee response: negotiating status and registration in Lebanon

Maja Janmyr (2017)

When a host state rejects the international refugee law regime, yet faces an unprecedented number of refugees, how does the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) execute its mandate to provide international protection to these refugees? This paper seeks to attend to this pertinent issue by focusing on the role and practice of UNHCR […]

Bringing Law into the Political Sociology of Humanitarianism

Kjersti Lohne, Kristin Bergtora Sandvik (2017)

Over the past few years, the study of humanitarianism has emerged as an interdisciplinary subfield in international political sociology. This article maps out some preliminary ideas about the role of legal sociology in this project. The study of international humanitarian law has overwhelmingly been the terrain of doctrinal legal scholars, while the apparent lack of […]

No Country of Asylum: ‘Legitimizing’ Lebanon’s Rejection of the 1951 Refugee Convention

Maja Janmyr (2017)

How do States ‘legitimize’ their non-ratification of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and the 1967 Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees? This article examines the case of Lebanon, a country frequently hailed by the international community for its generosity towards refugees, and currently hosting the highest number of refugees in […]

Leaving no stone unturned: The borders and orders of transnational prostitution

Synnøve Jahnsen, May-Len Skilbrei (2017)

The British Journal of Criminology

May-Len Skilbrei and affiliate Synnøve Jahnsen have written the article “Leaving no stone unturned: The borders and orders of transnational prostitution” in British Journal of Criminology. Criminologists are increasingly turning their attention to the intersections between immigration and crime control. In this article, we describe and discuss four regulatory practices whereby Norwegian police combine criminal law and immigration […]

Precarity in Exile: The Legal Status of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

Maja Janmyr (2016)

Refugee Survey Quarterly (2016) 35 (4): 58-78.

Lebanon has had an ambiguous approach to the more than one million Syrians seeking protection in the country since 2011. The country is neither party to the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, nor does it have any national legislation dealing with refugees. In October 2014, Lebanon’s Council of Ministers adopted the first […]

Nubians in Contemporary Egypt: Mobilizing Return to Ancestral Lands

Maja Janmyr (2016)

Based on original fieldwork, Maja Janmyr examines in the recently published article “Nubians in Contemporary Egypt: Mobilizing Return to Ancestral Lands” how Nubians in Egypt have mobilized to demand a return to ancestral lands along the Nile River. It argues that the emergence of several unprecedented legal and political opportunities in the past decade paved the way […]

After the War: Displaced Women, Ordinary Ethics, and Grassroots Reconstruction in Colombia

Julieta Lemaitre (2016)

Social & Legal Studies

This article examines internally displaced women’s narratives of rebuilding their life after displacement, focusing on questions of moral agency and community governance. The data come from a 3-year research project (2010–2013) with internally displaced women in Colombia, during the emergence of a new transitional justice regime. The article finds in internally displaced women’s narratives of […]

Special issue on Humanitarianism in Refugee Camps

Are Knudsen and Maja Janmyr (2016)

Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development, Volume 7, Number 3, Winter 2016

Affiliate at the Centre on Law and Social Transformation and Senior Researcher at CMI, Are Knudsen, is together with Maja Janmyr, Steering Committee Member at the Centre and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Faculty of Law, University of Bergen, the editor of a special issue on Humanitarianism in Refugee Camps in the journal Humanity: An International […]