Skip navigation
Title: 

Exploring the Enforceability of Refugees’ Right to Education: A Comparative Analysis of Human Rights Treaties

Authors: Horsch Carsley, Sarah
Russell, S. Garnett
Keywords: human rights;refugees;education in emergencies;international law
Issue Date: Mar-2020
Publisher: Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies
Citation: Horsch Carsley, Sarah, and S. Garnett Russell. 2020. “Exploring the Enforceability of Refugees’ Right to Education: A Comparative Analysis of Human Rights Treaties.” Journal on Education in Emergencies 5 (2): 10-39. https://doi.org/10.33682/xwx5-eau3.
Series/Report no.: Volume 5;Issue 2
Abstract: Three international treaties form the backbone of refugees’ legal right to education: The Convention on the Rights of the Child, the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, and the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights. Nevertheless, a wide gap persists between these favorable international laws and the actual school enrollment of refugee children. This paper presents an empirical analysis of the so-called policy-practice gap in refugee education in order to answer two fundamental questions: What enforcement mechanisms are present in the three international treaties that form the backbone of refugees’ right to education? How do these enforcement mechanisms differ from the enforcement mechanisms in four other international human rights treaties that do not focus specifically on refugees or education? The authors find that the three treaties that address refugees’ right to education are some of the least enforceable in international human rights law. We posit that this finding may be explained by the historic lack of priority given to economic, social, and cultural rights in international law and argue that the unenforceability of the right to an education contributes to the policy-practice gap in refugee education in a direct and significant way.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2451/61006
ISSN: 2518-6833
Rights: The Journal on Education in Emergencies, published by the Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE), is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.
Appears in Collections:Volume 5, Number 2

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
JEiE_Vol5No2_Exploring-the-Enforceability-of-Refugees-Right-to-Education_March2020.pdf419.38 kBAdobe PDFView/Open


Items in FDA are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.