Model International Mobility Convention

Diego Acosta; T. Alexander Aleinikoff; Kiran Meisan Banerjee; Elazar Barkan; Pierre Bertrand; Jagdish N. Bhagwati; Joseph Blocher; Emma Borgnäs; Frans Bouwen; Sarah Cliffe; Kevin L. Cope; François Crépeau; Michael W. Doyle; Yasmine Ergas; David Scott FitzGerald; François Fouinat; Justin Gest; Bimal Ghosh; Guy S. Goodwin-Gill; Randall Hansen; Mats Karlsson; Donald Kerwin; Khalid Koser; Rey Koslowski; Ian Matthew Kysel; Justin MacDermott; Susan F. Martin; Sarah A. D. Miller; Elora Mukherjee; Parvati Nair; Steven S. Nam; Daniel M. Naujoks; Jose A. Ocampo; Margaret M. Powers; Benedita Menezes Queiroz; S. Irudaya Rajan; Sarah Rosengaertner; Bianca Z. Santos; Saskia Sassen; Peter J. Spiro; Colleen Thouez; Joel P. Trachtman

Model International Mobility Convention
Acosta, Diego
Aleinikoff, T. Alexander
Banerjee, Kiran Meisan
Barkan, Elazar
Bertrand, Pierre
Bhagwati, Jagdish N.
Blocher, Joseph
Borgnäs, Emma
Bouwen, Frans
Cliffe, Sarah
Cope, Kevin L.
Crépeau, François
Doyle, Michael W.
Ergas, Yasmine
FitzGerald, David Scott
Fouinat, François
Gest, Justin
Ghosh, Bimal
Goodwin-Gill, Guy S.
Hansen, Randall
Karlsson, Mats
Kerwin, Donald
Koser, Khalid
Koslowski, Rey
Kysel, Ian Matthew
MacDermott, Justin
Martin, Susan F.
Miller, Sarah A. D.
Mukherjee, Elora
Nair, Parvati
Nam, Steven S.
Naujoks, Daniel M.
Ocampo, Jose A.
Powers, Margaret M.
Queiroz, Benedita Menezes
Rajan, S. Irudaya
Rosengaertner, Sarah
Santos, Bianca Z.
Sassen, Saskia
Spiro, Peter J.
Thouez, Colleen
Trachtman, Joel P.
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While people are as mobile as they ever were in our globalized world, the movement of people across borders lacks global regulation. This leaves many refugees in protracted displacement and many migrants unprotected in irregular and dire situations. Meanwhile, some states have become concerned that their borders have become irrelevant. International mobility—the movement of individuals across borders for any length of time as visitors, students, tourists, labor migrants, entrepreneurs, long-term residents, asylum seekers, or refugees—has no common definition or legal framework. To address this key gap in international law, and the growing gaps in protection and responsibility that are leaving people vulnerable, the "Model International Mobility Convention" proposes a framework for mobility with the goals of reaffirming the existing rights afforded to mobile people (and the corresponding rights and responsibilities of states) as well as expanding those basic rights where warranted. In 213 articles divided over eight chapters, the Convention establishes both the minimum rights afforded to all people who cross state borders as visitors, and the special rights afforded to tourists, students, migrant workers, investors and residents, forced migrants, refugees, migrant victims of trafficking and migrants caught in countries in crisis. Some of these categories are covered by existing international legal regimes. However, in this Convention these groups are for the first time brought together under a single framework. An essential feature of the Convention is that it is cumulative. This means, for the most part, that the chapters build on and add rights to the set of rights afforded to categories of migrants covered by earlier chapters. The Convention contains not only provisions that afford rights to migrants and, to a lesser extent, States (such as the right to decide who can enter and remain in their territory). It also articulates the responsibilities of migrants vis-à-vis States and the rights and responsibilities of different institutions that do not directly respond to a right held by migrants.
International law
Immigrants--Civil rights
Refugees--Civil rights
Emigration and immigration
Migration, Internal
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Diego Acosta, T. Alexander Aleinikoff, Kiran Meisan Banerjee, Elazar Barkan, Pierre Bertrand, Jagdish N. Bhagwati, Joseph Blocher, Emma Borgnäs, Frans Bouwen, Sarah Cliffe, Kevin L. Cope, François Crépeau, Michael W. Doyle, Yasmine Ergas, David Scott FitzGerald, François Fouinat, Justin Gest, Bimal Ghosh, Guy S. Goodwin-Gill, Randall Hansen, Mats Karlsson, Donald Kerwin, Khalid Koser, Rey Koslowski, Ian Matthew Kysel, Justin MacDermott, Susan F. Martin, Sarah A. D. Miller, Elora Mukherjee, Parvati Nair, Steven S. Nam, Daniel M. Naujoks, Jose A. Ocampo, Margaret M. Powers, Benedita Menezes Queiroz, S. Irudaya Rajan, Sarah Rosengaertner, Bianca Z. Santos, Saskia Sassen, Peter J. Spiro, Colleen Thouez, Joel P. Trachtman, , Model International Mobility Convention, Columbia University Academic Commons, .

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