Publications

The Initiative and its collaborators have produced a range of academic and other publications over the years, including in two, edited, symposium editions of the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal: Volume 28 Issue 1 (Fall 2013) and Volume 24, Issues 3 and 4 (Spring/Summer 2010).

The IMBR Initiative has also developed a Handbook to guide the promotion of the human rights of migrants using the IMBR.

The Initiative has also produced many publications associated with each of its current projects.

Global Migration Governance Project

The IMBR Initiative has influenced the United Nations International Dialogue on Migration. Following the New York Declaration, the IMBR provided a critical analysis gauging that document’s successes and shortcomings. Through sustained engagement with key State missions to the UN, and analysis that evolved as the Global Compacts evolved, the IMBR Initiative presented key findings at preparatory meetings in Geneva, written analysis of initial drafts of the Compacts, and informal contact with the offices of the co-facilitators, States, and civil society in order to provide technical support and legal commentary on specific questions throughout the drafting process. The IMBR Initiative made contributions that helped shape State commitments in the Global Compact on Migration, including related to the following: non-refoulement, vulnerable migrants, prohibited grounds for discrimination, detention, due process, freedoms, and references to human rights

Documents related to the Global Compacts:

Regional Human Rights Standards Project

The IMBR Initiative has worked closely with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) since 2013 to develop an Americas-specific set of principles for the rights of migrants. Despite the fact that the Americas has a rich migration history and a robust human rights system, a surprising gap persists: the lack of a single set of norms or guidelines for human rights during the migration process. The Inter-American Principles, while drawing upon regional jurisprudence, largely reflect the influence and language of the IMBR (in many cases verbatim). The draft Principles were circulated for comments by stakeholders in early 2019.

This is the progression of a longstanding engagement with the IACHR. In the fall of 2014, the IMBR Initiative joined the International Detention Coalition and a broad coalition of civil society organizations to petition for a thematic hearing on the detention of migrants before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. (See the Hearing Request in Spanish and Hearing Request in English). The IMBR Initiative provided Written Testimony & Memorandum of Law for the hearing. In the fall of 2013, the IMBR Initiative submitted a petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights requesting a thematic hearing on the rights of migrants and the application of the IMBR to the Americas.

Migrants Rights Database Project

The IMBR Initiative has created a set of indicators to evaluate State compliance with the rights and norms articulated in the text of the IMBR, and, through support from the World Bank and KNOMAD, piloted the indicators in five principal destination States: Germany, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, and Turkey. The results represent a powerful tool for identifying common legal baselines and benchmarking State compliance with the law and, through this, identifying specific areas to change State practice. The IMBR Initiative is now seeking to expand this project beyond these initial pilot countries.

Documents related to the Indicators: