Postdoctoral Fellow 1. September 2016 - 31. August 2017
»Human Rights and the Legitimacy of Immigration Law: A Proposal to Restructure the International Refugee Regime«
existing international system of states authorizes and empowers each
independent, territorial state to unilaterally set, and coercively
enforce, its immigration laws and policies. Would-be migrants to a given
state are expected to comply with its immigration laws, and are liable
to coercion to enforce that compliance. But why would it be morally
acceptable for would-be migrants to be exposed to border coercion? The
answer cannot appeal to immigration laws' democratic legitimacy, since
would-be migrants are not included in the citizen body that authorizes
such laws. In this project, I will explore the idea that immigration
laws' legitimacy, when they are legitimate, depends on their respecting
migrants' human rights. In particular, each state's immigration policies
must help to ensure that all refugees receive adequate protection for
their human rights. I will further argue that at the bar of this
standard of legitimacy, absent major reforms to the international
refugee protection regime, the legitimacy of developed democracies'
immigration laws is questionable. (Caleb Yong)
Scholarly profile of Caleb Yong
From 2012−2014 Caleb Yong held the position of a lecturer in Political Theory at the University of Oxford. In 2014 he received his DPhil in Politics at Oxford University with a dissertation entitled: »Justice, Legitimacy, and Movement across Borders«. From 2014−2015 he was granted a Postdoctoral Fellowship at McGill University and furthermore from 2015−2016 he was a Fellow in Residence at Harvard University.
Main areas of research
Theories of Justice; Immigration Policy.
- »Caring Relationships and Family Migration Schemes«, in: Alex Sager (ed.): The Ethics and Politics of Immigration, Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016.
- »Justice in Labor Immigration Policy«, in: Social Theory and Practice, Vol. 42 (4), 2016.
- »Does freedom of speech include hate speech?«, in: Res Publica, Vol. 17, 2011.