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Vulnerability and marginalisation at sea: Maritime search and rescue, and the meaning of 'place of safety'

Vulnerability and marginalisation at sea: Maritime search and rescue, and the meaning of 'place of safety'
Vulnerability and marginalisation at sea: Maritime search and rescue, and the meaning of 'place of safety'
This paper proposes an integrating interpretation of the term 'place of safety' in the International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue, 1979, grounded in international human rights and refugee law. It argues that the exposure to harm as a consequence of the conditions under which sea migrants endure irregular journeys raises vulnerability concerns and the need to search for mechanisms of redress. It further claims that sea migrants are marginalised by states' refusal to allow their disembarkation on land. It also argues that a narrow interpretation of the term 'place of safety' risks perpetuating, if not exacerbating, situations of vulnerability and marginalisation among sea migrants. Key themes addressed in this contribution are vulnerability and marginalisation of sea migrants, vulnerability reasoning in the interpretation process and the scope for a more integrating reading of the term 'place of safety' that is responsive to the specific needs among sea migrants.
marginalisation, maritime law, sea migrants, systemic integration, vulnerability
1744-5523
85-99
Campàs Velasco, Ainhoa
4a084c88-c998-48b1-967e-8546e49aa8c0
Campàs Velasco, Ainhoa
4a084c88-c998-48b1-967e-8546e49aa8c0

Campàs Velasco, Ainhoa (2022) Vulnerability and marginalisation at sea: Maritime search and rescue, and the meaning of 'place of safety'. International Journal of Law in Context, 18 (1), 85-99. (doi:10.1017/S1744552322000076).

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This paper proposes an integrating interpretation of the term 'place of safety' in the International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue, 1979, grounded in international human rights and refugee law. It argues that the exposure to harm as a consequence of the conditions under which sea migrants endure irregular journeys raises vulnerability concerns and the need to search for mechanisms of redress. It further claims that sea migrants are marginalised by states' refusal to allow their disembarkation on land. It also argues that a narrow interpretation of the term 'place of safety' risks perpetuating, if not exacerbating, situations of vulnerability and marginalisation among sea migrants. Key themes addressed in this contribution are vulnerability and marginalisation of sea migrants, vulnerability reasoning in the interpretation process and the scope for a more integrating reading of the term 'place of safety' that is responsive to the specific needs among sea migrants.

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Accepted/In Press date: 6 April 2022
e-pub ahead of print date: 6 April 2022
Additional Information: Publisher Copyright: Copyright © The Author(s), 2022. Published by Cambridge University Press. Copyright: Copyright 2022 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.
Keywords: marginalisation, maritime law, sea migrants, systemic integration, vulnerability

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Local EPrints ID: 458018
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/458018
ISSN: 1744-5523
PURE UUID: c3e6bac8-8073-49e3-9794-3e9e2803f8ed

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Date deposited: 24 Jun 2022 18:30
Last modified: 23 Jul 2022 01:01

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Author: Ainhoa Campàs Velasco

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