Thesis topic proposal
Tamás Molnár
Protection of vulnerable migrants under international law


Institute: Corvinus University of Budapest
political sciences
Doctoral School of International Relations and Political Science

Thesis supervisor: Tamás Molnár
Location of studies (in Hungarian): Budapest/Miskolc/Pécs/Szeged/Gyor
Abbreviation of location of studies: BP...

Description of the research topic:

The vast majority of States have ratified international treaties reflecting the principle that all persons, including all migrants irrespective of their migration status, are entitled to have their human rights respected, protected, and fulfilled. Yet, there are too many instances in which vulnerable migrants (e.g. children, women, the elderly, persons with disabilities, victims of torture and violence) are subject to abuse, exploitation, discrimination, and other severe human rights violations. This, in large part, is due not to the absence of international standards, but the lack of their effective implementation and of appropriate international cooperation. There is thus no lack of legal protection for the vulnerable, but there is an acute lack of implementation of that legal protection when it comes to vulnerable migrants. Similarly, while there is a growing recognition of the need to identify and protect migrants in vulnerable situations, existing definitions of vulnerability tend to focus exclusively on membership in groups (e.g., women, children), with little recognition that vulnerabilities vary significantly within groups. As a result, there is a need to analyse in detail the risks and protective factors that contribute to the vulnerability or resilience of migrants, in different situations (e.g. in immigration detention, when seeking protection); using the toolkit of international law and the case-law of international (human rights) courts and tribunals.

Required language skills: English
Recommended language skills (in Hungarian): French, German
Number of students who can be accepted: 2

Deadline for application: 2021-05-10

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