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Martin Jones



Professor Martin Jones
BA, BA (Hons.) (Queen’s, Canada); LLB (UBC)  

Professor in International Human Rights Law

I joined the University of York in 2009 as a lecturer in international human rights law.

Prior to this I taught and undertook research at the University of Melbourne (Australia), the American University in Cairo (Egypt), the University of Michigan (USA), Georgetown University (USA), the University of East London (UK), the Centre for Refugee Studies (Canada), Queen's University (Canada). My career began at Osgoode Hall Law School (Canada).



  • Refugee and migration law and policy


  • Refugee law in Asia (or, rather, the broader “law of asylum” in that region)
  • Doctrinal issues in the interpretation of the definition of “refugee” in the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees (in particular, the qualification of conscientious objectors for refugee status under this definition)
  • The provision of legal services to and legal advocacy on behalf of refugees in the Global South (in particular, in the Middle East and Asia)



  • Immigration Law and Politics in the UK (undergraduate level)


  • Asylum, Migration and Human Trafficking (postgraduate level)
  • Law, Public Policy and Human Rights (postgraduate level)
  • Doctoral Training

External activities


  • Advisor to the Immigration Detention and International Law: Coding State Adherence to Norms Project of the Institut de hautes Etudes internationales et du Développement (Switzerland)
  • Member of the Advisory Committee, Health Equity Initiatives (Malaysia)
  • Member of the Executive Committee, Southern Refugee Legal Aid Network
  • Advisor to the Steering Committee, Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network
  • Vice-chairperson and member of the Board of Directors, Egyptian Foundation for Refugee Rights
  • Trustee, Refugee Action York
  • Member of the Management Group of the York City of Sanctuary project 

Editorial duties

  • Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Human Rights Practice
  • Member of the Editorial Board, Human Rights Law Review of the UN University of Peace (Costa Rica)


Selected publications

  • "Moving beyond Protection Space: Developing a law of asylum in South East Asia” in Susan Kneebone, Dallal Stevens, and Loretta Baldassar, eds. Conflicting Identities: Refugee Protection and the Role of Law (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2013 (forthcoming))
  • "The Governance Question: UNHCR, the Refugee Convention, and the International Refugee Regime” in James Simeon, ed. The UNHCR and the Supervision of International Refugee Law (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2012 (in press))
  • "Building a Better Refugee Status Determination System” Refuge, Volume 25, Issue 2 (Fall 2008) (with France Houle)
  • "Abandoning Refugees? An Analysis of the Legal Framework Governing Non-compliant Claimants in Canada” Refuge, Volume 25, Issue 2 (Fall 2008)
  • "The Refusal to Bear Arms as Grounds for Refugee Protection in the Canadian Jurisprudence” International Journal of Refugee Law, Volume 20, Issue 1 (March 2008)
  • Refugee Law (Irwin Law, Toronto, 2007) 469 pp. (with Sasha Baglay)
  • "Lies, Damned Lies and Diplomatic Assurances: The Misuse of Diplomatic Assurances in Removal Proceedings” European Journal of Migration and Law, Volume 7, Number 4 (January 2006)

Contact details

Professor Martin Jones
York Law School
Centre for Applied Human Rights, 6 Innovation Close
YO10 5ZF

Tel: +44 (0)1904 32 5834