International refugee law
Fundamental tools for the protection of the displaced
International refugee law aims to protect people who seek asylum from persecution and those who have been recognized as refugees. It consists of a number of international and regional legal instruments as well as customary international law applying to all states in the world.
International refugee law overlaps to some extent with international human rights law. Since 1945 a series of international and regional human rights treaties and instruments have been adopted.
This section contains the most important instruments of both of these fields.