Guy combines practice at the Bar with his academic work. His practice covers Public Law, Human Rights and Public International Law. He is recommended by both of the leading legal directories as well as Chambers Global in Public International Law.

  • 2015-   Honorary Associate of the Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford
  • 2014-   Emeritus Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford
  • 2002-2014   Senior Research Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford
  • 2008-2011   Visiting Professor, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, Switzerland
  • 2010-2011   W. J. Ganshof van der Meersch Chair, Université Libre de Bruxelles (Fondation Philippe Wiener-Maurice Anspach)
  • 2010  Julius Stone Visiting Fellow/Professorial Visiting Fellow, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • 2010  Director, Hague Academy of International Law, Centre for Research and Studies
  • 2010  Visiting Professor, European University Institute, Florence
  • 1998-2014   Professor of International Refugee Law, University of Oxford
  • 1997-2002   Rubin Director of Research, Institute of European Studies, University of Oxford
  • 1994-1999  Professor of Asylum Law, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 1989-1997   Professor of Law, Carleton University, Canada
  • 1988-1989  Visiting Social Sciences Professor, Carleton University, Canada
  • 1988  Visiting Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Canada
  • 1983-1988 Senior Legal Research Office
          -  Division of Refugee Law and Doctrine
          -  Legal Adviser, Regional Bureau for Europe and North America
          -  Deputy Chief Resettlement Section Office of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Geneva, Switzerland
  • 1978-1983  Legal Adviser and sometime Officer-in-Charge
           UNHCR / UNIC / UNICEF Joint Office for Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, Sydney, Australia
  • 1976-1978 Legal Adviser UNHCR Branch Office, London
  • 1973-1976 Visiting Lecturer and Examiner in Public International 
           Kingston Polytechnic, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, England
  • 1971-1976 Lecturer, later Senior Lecturer, The College of Law Chancery Lane, London



Civil Liberties & Human Rights

Guy is an expert in the areas of nationality and immigration, including statelessness and asylum.


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Public International Law

Guy combines his practice at the bar with academic life, and acts and advises generally in a number of topical international law areas. These have included:

  • questions arising out of Palestinian representation in and membership of the UN
  • diplomatic asylum and the search for asylum
  • an application for refugee status by the former Prime Minister of a north African country
  • the modern law of naval blockade
  • asylum or refugee protection for witnesses to the International Criminal Court
  • the UN's continuing responsibilities towards refugees in Iraq (including questions of protection, security, forcible transfer, and solutions, such as resettlement)
  • the meaning and extent of compensable direct losses consequent on the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait
  • compensation for expropriated property
  • maritime and fisheries boundaries
  • the treaty-making competence of UK dependencies
  • self-determination and the implementation of international humanitarian law
  • micro-finance. 

He has advised the UNHCR on aspects of the international law relating to statelessness, and provided advice on related issues to AsylumAid, which published its report on statelessness in the UK in November 2011. He drafted introductions to relevant treaties on refugees and stateless persons for the UN Division on Legal Affairs; see the ‘Historic Archives’ section of the UN Audio-Visual Library of International Law.

In addition to his work on security and anti-terrorism issues, Guy has provided advice on the general international law applicable to membership of the OECD; to issues of popular representation in connection with Palestine’s quest for full membership of the UN; to international migration; to treaty interpretation, with particular reference to English law; and to international organisations, including how to become one and the question of accountability. As a former legal adviser to the UNHCR and legal consultant to various other international organisations (including the World Health Organisation and the Inter-Parliamentary Union), he has considerable practical experience across the broad spectrum of public international law.


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Books and monographs

  • The Limits of Transnational Law: Refugee Law, Policy Harmonization and Judicial Dialogue in the European Union, with Hélène Lambert, eds., Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010
  • Brownlie’s Documents on Human Rights, with the late Sir Ian Brownlie, Q.C., eds., Oxford: Oxford University Press, 6th edn., 2010; 5th edn., 2006; 4th edn., 2002
  • The Refugee in International Law, 3rd edn. (with Jane McAdam), Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007; 2nd edn., Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996; Russian edition, Moscow, 1997; 1st edn., Oxford: Clarendon Press,1983 (repr. 1984; as paperback, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990; 1993; Chinese ed., 1990).
  • Free and Fair Elections, Geneva: Inter-Parliamentary Union, 2nd rev’d and expanded edn., 2006; in French: Elections libres et régulières, 2006; and in Spanish: Elecciones libres y justas, 2007.
  • Toleranz in einem Zeitalter der Ungewiβheit/ Tolerance in an Age of Uncertainty, 2. Mary Levin Goldschmidt-Bollag Memorial Lecture, Herausgegeben von Willi Goetschel, Wien: Passagen Verlag, 2002.
  • The Reality of International Law: Essays in Honour of Ian Brownlie, with Stefan Talmon, eds., Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1999
  • Codes of Conduct for Elections, Geneva: Inter-Parliamentary Union,1998 (also available in French and Spanish)
  • Free and Fair Elections: International Law and Practice, Geneva: Inter-Parliamentary Union, 1994 (also available in Arabic, French, Spanish, Khmer, Indonesian)
  • Child Soldiers, with Ilene Cohn, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1994. Also published in French, Enfants soldats: le rôle des enfants dans les conflits armés, Montréal, Québec, Canada: Editions Méridien, 1995; and in Spanish, Los niños soldados, Cruz Roja Juventud, Madrid: Editorial Fundamentos, 1997
  • International Law and the Movement of Persons between States, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1978

Chapters in books

  • ‘Non-Refoulement, Temporary Refuge, and the “New” Asylum Seekers’, in David Cantor & Jean-François Durieux, Refuge from Inhumanity? War Refugees and International Humanitarian Law, Leiden: Brill Nijhoff, 2014, 433-59
  • ‘The International Law of Refugee Protection’, in Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Gil Loescher, Katy Long & Nando Sigona, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014, 36-47
  • ‘Foreword’, in Susan M. Akram & Tom Syring, eds., Still Waiting for Tomorrow: The Law and Politics of Unresolved Refugee Crises, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014, vii-xiii
  • ‘Palestine, UN Membership and Popular Representation: International Legal Challenges and Strategic Options’, in Mutaz Qafisheh, ed., Palestine Membership in the United Nations: Legal and Practical Implications, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013, 30-44
  • ‘Europe: A place to seek, to be granted, and to enjoy asylum?’, in Gortázar, Cristina, Parra, María-Carolina, Segaert, Barbara & Timmerman, Christiane, eds., European Migration and Asylum Policies: Coherence or Contradiction? Bruxelles: Bruylant, 2012, 33-43.
  • ‘The Challenge of the Child Soldier’, in Hew Strachan & Sibylle Scheipers, The Changing Character of War, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011, 410-28
  • ‘The Search for the One, True Meaning...’, in Guy S. Goodwin-Gill & Hélène Lambert, eds., The Limits of Transnational Law: Refugee Law, Policy Harmonization and Judicial Dialogue in the European Union, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010, 204-41 
  • ‘The Extra-Territorial Reach of Human Rights Obligations: A Brief Perspective on the Link to Jurisdiction’, in Laurence Boisson de Chazournes & Marcelo G. Kohen, eds., International Law and the Quest for its Implementation/Le droit international et la quête de sa mise en oeuvre: Liber Amicorum Vera Gowlland-Debbas, Leiden: Brill, 2010, 293-308
  • ‘Forced Migration: Refugees, Rights and Security’, in Jane McAdam, ed., Forced Migration, Human Rights and Security, Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2008, 1-18
  • ‘Everyone and the Citizen: The Devaluation of Principles and Protection’, in Jenny Hocking & Colleen Lewis, eds., Counter-Terrorism and the Post-Democratic State, London: Edgar Elgar, 2007, 101-115
  • ‘International and National Responses to the Challenges of Mass Forced Displacement’, in Jeff Handmaker, Lee Anne de la Hunt & Jonathan Klaaren, eds., Advancing Refugee Protection in South Africa, Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2007, 1-15
  • ‘Migrant Rights and “Managed Migration”,’ in Vincent Chetail, ed., Mondialisation, migration et droits de l’homme: le droit international en question / Globalization, Migration and Human Rights: International Law under Review, Bruxelles: Bruylant, 2007, Vol. II, 161-187
  • ‘State Responsibility and the “Good Faith” Obligation in International Law’, in Malgosia Fitzmaurice & Dan Sarooshi, eds., Issues of State Responsibility before International Judicial Institutions, Hart Publishing, 2004, 75-104
  • ‘Immigration Policy’, in Encyclopedia of Government and Politics, Mary Hawkesworth & Maurice Kogan, eds., London: Routledge, 2004, Ch. 48, 739-51
  • ‘Article 31of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees: Non-penalization, detention, and protection’, in Erika Feller, Volker Türk, & Frances Nicholson, eds., Refugee Protection in International Law: UNHCR’s Global Consultations on International Protection, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003, 185-252.
  • ‘Forced Migration and International Law’, (with Kathleen Newland), in T. Alexander Aleinikoff & Vincent Chétail, Migration and International Legal Norms, Migration Policy Institute. Graduate Institute of International Studies. International Organization for Migration (IOM). T. M. C. Asser Press. 2003, 123-136.
  • ‘The Individual Refugee, the 1951 Convention and the Treaty of Amsterdam’, in Elspeth Guild & Carol Harlow, eds., Implementing Amsterdam: Immigration and Asylim Rights in EC Law, Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2001, 141-163
  • ‘Migration–International Law and Human Rights’, in Bimal Ghosh, ed., Managing Migration: Time for a New International Regime? Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000
  • ‘Crimes in International Law: Obligations Erga Omnes and the Duty to Prosecute’, in Guy S. Goodwin-Gill & Stefan Talmon, eds., The Reality of International Law: Essays in Honour of Ian Brownlie, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1999, 199-223
  • ‘Refugee Identity and Protection’s Fading Prospect’, in Frances Nicholson & Patrick Twomey, eds., Refugee Rights and Realities: Evolving International Concepts and Regimes, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999, 220-249
  • ‘The West Bank and Gaza: Free and Fair Elections, Human Rights and the Transition to Democracy’, in Bowen, S., ed., Human Rights, Self-Determination and Political Change in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Dordrecht: Kluwer Law International, 1997
  • ‘AIDS and HIV, Migrants and Refugees: International Legal and Human Rights Dimensions’, in Haour-Knipe, M. & Rector, R., eds., Crossing Borders: Migration, Ethnicity and AIDS, London: Taylor & Francis, 1996. 50-69
  • ‘Protecting the Human Rights of Refugee Children: Some Legal and Institutional Possibilities’, in Doek, J., van Loon, H. & Vlaardingerbroek, eds., Children on the Move: How to Implement their Right to Family Life, Martinus Nijhoff, The Hague, 1996, 97-108
  • ‘The Principles of International Refugee Law’, in Asylum, Strasbourg: Council of Europe Publishing, 1995. Also available in French: Asile, Strasbourg: Editions du Conseil de l'Europe, 1995.
  • ‘The Right to Leave, the Right to Return and the Question of a Right to Remain’, in Gowlland-Debbas, V., ed., The Problem of Refugees in the Light of Contemporary International Law Issues, Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1995, 95-106
  • ‘Problems of Stateless Persons and the Need for International Measures of Protection’, in Saksena, K.P., ed., Human Rights Perspective and Challenges (in 1990 and Beyond), World Congress on Human Rights, New Delhi: Lancer Books, 1994. 378-401
  • ‘Refuge or Asylum: International Law and the Search for Solutions to the Refugee Problem’, in Adelman, H. & Lanphier, C.M. eds., Refuge or Asylum? — A Choice for Canada, Toronto: York Lanes Press, 1990, 27-42
  • ‘Different Types of Forced Migration Movements as an International and National Problem’, in Rystad, G., ed., The Uprooted: Forced Migration as an International Problem in the Post-War Era, Lund: University of Lund, (1990), 15-45
  • ‘The Status and Rights of Non-Nationals’, in Henkin, L. & Rosenthal, A.J., eds., Constitutionalism and Rights: The Influence of the United States Constitution Abroad, New York: Columbia U.P., 1990, 151-75
  • ‘International Law and Human Rights: Trends concerning International Migrants and Refugees’, in Tomasi, L.F., ed., International Migration: An Assessment for the '90s, Special Silver Anniversary Issue, 23 International Migration Review 526-46 (1989)
  • ‘Voluntary Repatriation: Legal and Policy Issues’, in Loescher, G. & Monahan, L., eds., Refugees and International Relations, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1989, 255-91
  • ‘Refugees: The Functions and Limits of the Existing Protection System’, in Nash, A., ed., Human Rights and the Protection of Refugees under International Law, Halifas, NS: Canadian Human Rights Foundation/The Institute for Research on Public Policy, 1988, 149-82
  • Non-refoulement and the New Asylum-Seekers’, in Martin, D.A., ed., The New Asylum-seekers: Refugee Law in the 1980s, Leiden: Nijhoff, 1988; also published in 26 Virginia Journal of International Law 897-918 (1986)
  • ‘Immigration, Nationality and the Standards of International Law’, in Dummett, Ann, ed., Towards a Just Immigration Policy, London: Cobden Trust, 1986, 3-32
  • ‘Obligations of Conduct and Result’, in Alston, P. & Tomasevski, K., eds., The Right to Food, Leiden: Nijhoff, 1984, 111-8
  • ‘The Refugee Situation Today’, in Price, C.A., ed., Refugees: The Challenge of the Future, Canberra: Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, (1981), 9-21

Articles in refereed journals

  • The Dynamic of International Refugee Law’, (2013) 25 International Journal of Refugee Law 651-666.
  • ‘Confronting Complexity: Interpretation or Over-Interpretation?’, (2012) 106 ASIL Proceedings 439-43
  • ‘Introduction: Expert Roundtable Discussion on ‘The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and its Application to Child Refugee Status Determination and Asylum Processes’, 26 Journal of Immigration, Nationality and Asylum Law 226-31 (2012)
  • ‘The Right to Seek Asylum: Interception at Sea and the Principle of Non-Refoulement’, 23 International Journal of Refugee Law 443-57 (2011)
  • ‘The Politics of Refugee Protection’, 27 Refugee Survey Quarterly 8-23 (2008)
  • ‘The Extra-Territorial Processing of Claims to Asylum or Protection: The Legal Responsibilities of States and International Organisations’, 9 UTS Law Review 26-40 (2007)
  • ‘Refugees and Responsibility in the Twenty-First Century: More Lessons Learned from the South Pacific’, 12 Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal 23-47 (2003)
  • ‘Refugees: Challenges to Protection’, 35 International Migration Review 130-42 (2001)
  • Danian v. Secretary of State for the Home Department. Comment: Refugee Status and “Good Faith”,’ 12 International Journal of Refugee Law 663-71 (2000)
  • ‘The Margin of Interpretation: Different or Disparate?’ 11 International Journal of Refugee Law 730-7 (1999)
  • ‘Judicial Reasoning and “Social Group” after Islam and Shah’, 11 International Journal of Refugee Law 537-43 (1999)
  • ‘Unaccompanied refugee minors: The role and place of international law in the pursuit of durable solutions’, 3 International Journal of Children's Rights 405 (1995)
  • ‘Chi es un refugiato?’ Politica Internazionale, October 1991
  • ‘The Language of Protection’, 1 International Journal of Refugee Law 6-19 (1989)
  • Non-refoulement and the New Asylum-Seekers’, 26 Virginia Journal of International Law 897-918 (1986); also published in Martin, D.A., ed., The New Asylum-seekers: Refugee Law in the 1980s, Nijhoff, Leiden, (1988)
  • ‘International Law and the Detention of Refugees and Asylum-Seekers’, 20 International Migration Review 193 (1986)
  • ‘Entry and Exclusion of Refugees: The Obligations of States and the Protection Function of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’, in Transnational Legal Problems of Refugees, Michigan Yearbook of International Legal Studies, New York, (1982)
  • Ordre public considered and developed’, 94 Law Quarterly Review 354 (1978)
  • Ordre public and the Limits to Discretionary Power: the Rutili case’, 92 Law Quarterly Review 53 (1976)
  • ‘The Limits of the Power of Expulsion in Public International Law’, 47 British Yearbook of International Law 55 (1976)
  • ‘Judicial Reasoning and the Right to Picket’, 91 Law Quarterly Review 173 (1975)

Other publications

  • ‘Introductory Note: Bundesrepublik Deutschland v Kaveh Puid (Case C-4/11), Court of Justice of the European Union, Grand Chamber, 14 November 2013’, 53 International Legal Materials, No. 2, (2014)
  • Introduction to the 1967 United Nations Declaration on Territorial Asylum’, UN Audio-Visual Library of International Law, Historic Archives, 2012
  • Introduction to the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness’, UN Audio-Visual Library of International Law, Historic Archives, 2011
  • Introduction to the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons’, UN Audio-Visual Library of International Law, Historic Archives, 2009
  • Introduction to the 1951 Convention/1967 Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees’, UN Audio-Visual Library of International Law, Historic Archives, 2009
  • ‘Editorial – Asylum 2001: A Convention and a Purpose’, 13 International Journal of Refugee Law 1-19 (2001)
  • ‘UNHCR and Internal Displacement: Stepping into a Legal and Political Minefield’, in U. S. Committee for Refugees, World Refugee Survey 2000, Washington, D.C., (2000), 26-31
  • ‘Editorial – The International Protection of Refugees: What Future’, 12 International Journal of Refugee Law 1-6 (2000)
  • ‘Editorial – Refugees and Security’, 11 International Journal of Refugee Law 1 (1999)
  • ‘Asylum: The Law and Politics of Change’, The University of Amsterdam, Inaugural Lecture: 19 October 1994; also published in 7 International Journal of Refugee Law 1 (1995)
  • ‘Towards a Comprehensive Regional Policy Approach: The Case for Closer Inter-Agency Co-operation’, IOM/UNHCR, Geneva, 1993; also published in 5 International Journal of Refugee Law 347 (1993)
  • ‘The Determination of Refugee Status in Canada: A Review of the Procedure: Preliminary Study’, Law Reform Commission of Canada, Ottawa, (Feb. 1991)
  • ‘Refugees, Non-Nationals and the Relevance of Constitutional Values’, In Defense of the Alien, vol. X, (1987), 126-34
  • ‘The Detention of Non-Nationals, with particular Reference to Refugees and Asylum-Seekers’, In Defense of the Alien, vol. IX, (1986) 138-51
  • ‘The Determination of Refugee Status: Problems of Access to Procedures and the Standard of Proof’, 1985 Yearbook of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law, 56-75

Public lectures, seminar and presentations (not including those published elsewhere)

  • London, University of London, Keynote speech, ‘Boat Refugees and Migrants at Sea’, presented at the Conference on ‘Boat Refugees’ and Migrants at Sea: A Comprehensive Approach Integrating Maritime Security with Human Rights, organised by the Refugee Law Initiative and Queen Mary University of London, 23 June 2014
  • Dublin, Ireland, Keynote speech, ‘The Common European Asylum System, the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, and what International Law Requires’, European Database on Asylum Law (EDAL) Conference, 17 January 2014
  • Berlin, Germany, Keynote speech, ‘What is asylum’, presented at the Academic Symposium, ‘20 Years after the German Asylum Law Reform: Demise or Transformation of Refugee Protection?’, organized by the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS) and the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, Berlin, Friday, 28 June 2013
  • Oxford, Refugee Studies Centre, ‘Understanding Global Refugee Policy’, Keynote speech given at the Refugee Studies Centre 30th Anniversary Seminar, St Anne's College, Oxford, 6-7 December 2012 – Podcast
  • Dublin, Ireland, ‘The Law Applicable to the Determination of Claims to International Protection’, paper presented to the Conference on ‘The Role of “Credibility” in International Protection Claims’, organized by the Irish Refugee Council, Dublin, 9 November 2012
  • ‘Credibility and the Analysis of Prospective Risk’, paper presented at the Conference on ‘Protecting Fundamental Rights: Clarifying the Principles of Protection in light of EU Law’, Dublin, 12 November 2011
  • ‘Article 1F(c) of the 1951 Convention: Denying refugee status because of acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations’, paper presented at the Refugee Law Initiative, School of Advanced Studies, University of London, 11 October 2011
  • ‘The Protection of Refugees by the State of Asylum: Beyond, or Around, the Nationality Rule’, paper presented to the Society of Legal Scholars/British Institute of International and Comparative Law Conference on ‘Diplomatic and Consular Protection in the 21st Century’, London, 3 May 2011
  • ‘The Admission of Refugees’, paper presented at the Conference on ‘Refugees and Migration’, University of Groeningen, 31 March 2011
  • London, Keynote speech, Country of Origin Research and Information, Conference on ‘Challenges and Commonalities in Providing Objective Evidence for Refugee Status Determination’, 10 June 2010,
  • ‘Treaty Interpretation and English Law: Some Progress to Date and Some Challenges to Come’, International Law Association, University College, London, 10 March 2010
  • ‘Refugees, Security and the Right to Protection’, Birkbeck Law Public Lecture 2009, University of London, 27 November 2009
  • ‘International Migration: Rights and Realities’, Chatham House, London, 5 June 2007
  • ‘Elections, Democracy, the Rule of Law and International Law’, International Law Association, Australian Branch, Sydney, NSW, 28 November 2006       
  • ‘The International Protection of Refugees – A Work in Progress’, The Kenneth Rivett Orations, Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Australia, 23-25 November 2005
  • ‘People moving between States: New Challenges for International Law’, University of Cardiff Law School, 13 October 2005
  • ‘The United Nations and Refugees: Time for a New Order’, Evan Luard Memorial Lecture, Oxford, 2 December 2003
  • ‘Refugees and their Human Rights’, Barbara Harrell-Bond Lecture on Human Rights, Oxford, 12 November 2003
  • ‘Good Governance and the United Nations’, Paper presented at the University of Reading Conference on ‘Good Governance and Democratization’, 15 January 2000
  • ‘Asylum in Europe: Who does International Law Protect and How?’ Lecture given at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London, on 24 January 1997, under the auspices of Justice and the Immigration Law Practitioners' Association
  • ‘Repatriation and International Law—The Legal Safeguards’, Paper given at a Roundtable on Refugees, organized by the Robert Schuman Centre, European University Institute, Florence, on 7 June 1996
  • ‘The Protection of Refugees, the Safe Third Country Rule, and the Notion of “Safe Country of Origin” in International Law,’ International Judicial Conference on Asylum Law and Procedures, Middle Temple, London, 30-Nov.-1 Dec. 1995
  • ‘Causes, Intervention and the United Nations’, Conference on ‘Migration and Population Displacements: The View from the Third World’, Group of 78, Ottawa, Canada, 2-4 October 1992
  • ‘Root Causes in the New World Order’, Canadian Council for Refugees, Spring 1992 Session, Montréal, 28 May 1992
  • ‘Effective Advocacy for the Displaced’, Conference on ‘The Psychological Well-Being of the Child’, Geneva, Switzerland, 23-27 September 1991
  • ‘The Refugee Regime: A Perspective on the 1951 Convention and the 1967 Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees’, Conference on ‘Refugees and the New Host Countries’, Budapest, Hungary, 29 April-3 May 1991
  • ‘Who is a Refugee?’, Keynote paper presented at the International Conference on ‘Refugees in the World: The European Community's Response’, The Hague, The Netherlands, 6-7 December 1989
  • ‘Human Rights Limitations and the Limits of Tolerance’, Conference on Law and Contemporary Affairs, University of Toronto, January 1989
  • ‘International Law and the Influx of Aliens: Sanctuary and the Right to Exclude’, American Society of International Law, 80th Annual Meeting, April 1986

Selected papers and submissions

Appointments & Memberships

  • 2008–  Member of the Editorial Board, Refugee Survey Quarterly
  • 2008–   Patron of Asylum Aid
  • 2007–2013  Member of the Council of the Overseas Development Institute
  • 2005–2006  Specialist Adviser to House of Commons Social Affairs Committee on ‘Immigration Controls’
  • 2003–2004  Specialist Adviser to House of Lords Sub-Committee F (Social Affairs, Education and Home Affairs) on ‘New Approaches to the Asylum Process’
  • 2002–to date  Member of the Editorial Board, International Journal of Refugee Law
  • 1988–2001  Founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Refugee Law, Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • 2002–2005  Member of the Editorial Board, Global Governance 
  • 2000–2003  President, Media Appeals Board, Kosovo (appointed by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, United Nations Mission in Kosovo)
  • 1997-2010  President, Refugee Migrant Justice (formerly the Refugee Legal Centre), London
  • 1996  Observer, Out-of-Country Voting, Bosnia and Herzegovina Elections
  • 1995  Director of Research (March-December 1995), United Nations Study on the Impact of Armed Conflict on Children (the Machel Study)
  • 1995  Adviser, World Health Organization, Geneva—Human rights, AIDS and HIV-based travel restrictions
  • 1994-2014  Legal Adviser, Inter-Parliamentary Union, Geneva—Free and fair elections, electoral codes of conduct, ethics in public life
  • 1993-2002 Member and Co-Rapporteur, International Law Association, Committee on Refugee Procedures
  • 1990-1992  Topic Committee Member, American Society of International Law, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Project on Governing Rules of International Law
  • April 1990  Benigno Aquino Lecture in Human Rights, Yale Law School, Yale University
  • 1989  General Rapporteur, Council of Europe Colloquy, Human Rights without Frontiers, Strasbourg
  • 1986-90 Member, International Law Association, Committee on the Legal Status of Refugees

Selected earlier reported cases

  • R (OO) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2009] UKHL 10
  • R (Al Saadoon and Mufdhi) v Secretary of State for Defence [2009] EWCA Civ 7; [2008]
  • R (Al-Jedda) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2008] UKSIAC 66
  • R (Al Rawi) v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs [2006] EWCA Civ 1279, [2007] 2 WLR 1219
  • European Roma Rights Centre v Immigration Officer at Prague Airport [2004] UKHL 55, [2005] 2 AC 1.
  • Advisory Opinion on the Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, International Court of Justice, 9 July 2004.
  • Sepet and Bulbul v Secretary of State for the Home Department (UNHCR Intervening) [2003] UKHL 15; [2001] EWCA Civ 681.
  • El-Ali v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2002] EWCA Civ 1103 (26 July 2002).
  • Kuwaiti Investment Authority v Republic of Iraq, United Nations Compensation Commission, Geneva, September 2001.
  • Azinas v Cyprus, European Court of Human Rights, Grand Chamber, Application No. 56679/00, ECHR 2004-III. 
  • In addition, Guy Goodwin-Gill provided expert testimony in 2002-2003 on behalf of Cherwell District Council and Rushcliffe Borough Council in separate planning inquiries examining proposals to locate “accommodation centres” for asylum seekers in remote rural areas.
  • As President of the Media Appeals Board of Kosovo, Guy Goodwin-Gill delivered decisions in the following cases: Belul Beqaj and the Newspaper Dita v Temporary Media Commissioner, OSCE, September 2000, Nexhmedin Spahiu and Radio Mitrovica v Temporary Media Commissioner, OSCE, February 2001, and Sylejman Aliu and the Newspaper Bota Sot v Temporary Media Commissioner, OSCE, February 2001.

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